Why archaeology matters

Why Archaeology Matters

In 2020 the British Academy published this report which stated that the arts, humanities and social sciences will be vital in building the society we want to live in, with individuals able to tackle the challenges we face and shape the future. Here at the School we believe that archaeology can play a crucial role in this endeavour.

Archaeology gives us the tools to examine and explain human behaviour, understand how society functions, learn from the past and apply those lessons to the present, and analyse the drivers and implications of a changing world and how different countries, places and cultures interact. 

We have challenged our staff and students to tell us why they think archaeology matters. We will continue to post their responses below.