Our BA Archaeology enables you to study the material traces of past societies from artefacts recovered through excavation to standing monuments; from the earliest humans to the first Empires and from the rise of organised religion through to the Crusades. Handle human remains and learn about burial archaeology; touch objects from the past and see how we interpret this material; utilise skills in a contemporary mock crime scene investigation. Realise how ideas of gender are reflected and imposed through the material world; how climate change has impacted on lives past and present, and how stories about the past are conveyed through museums and the media.
Study within a research-intensive department at the cutting edge of social and scientific archaeology. 97% of our research was judged to be of international standing in the latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014. You will join a friendly and welcoming department with an outstanding track record for student satisfaction — 90-100% of our archaeology students were satisfied with the quality of their course in consecutive National Student Surveys (2010-2017). You will have the opportunity to participate in a Field School during your course, gaining direct hands-on experience in all aspects of an archaeological excavation. Put your skills into practice, including excavation, surveying, GIS (geographical information systems) mapping, planning, and finds processing, and contribute to new archaeological knowledge through our discoveries.
We encourage you to get involved with archaeological excavations in the UK and Europe, such as prehistoric monuments, Roman cities to Medieval castles; but it’s not just digging. Archaeology is an academic subject that will teach you valuable theoretical and practical skills, with opportunities to use specialist equipment, work in laboratories and access three superb on-campus museums. You will also have the chance to boost your employability with our Study Abroad programme, whether in Malta, Denmark, Florida, Korea or other parts of the world.
Placement year - This four-year degree course includes a placement, giving you the opportunity to develop valuable professional and international experience. We provide opportunities for you to undertake placements in a variety of contexts. Placements are an excellent way to enhance your work-related skills and develop a network of contacts, as well as strengthen your employability prospects. Opportunities are available working across the Archaeological, Heritage, Planning and Museum sectors including: research institutions, government organisations, local planning authorities, archaeological consultancies, field units, specialists and archivists. Alternatively, you can choose a placement in a non-related business or industry, exploring different career options and enhancing your employability by drawing on the many non-vocational, transferable skills you obtain from an Archaeology degree.
Recent examples include: Traineeship with Oxford Archaeology, Archaeological science placement at QUEST, the University of Reading’s scientific consultancy company, Volunteering at the Ure Museum, Cole Museum of Zoology and the Museum of English Rural Life, Human remains placement, Mediterranean Palaeoclimate Project placement, Hominin Skeletal Morphology placement, Archaeological Graphics placement, “Developing Experimental Archaeology for Research and Training” placement, “The Ecology of Crusading: Isotope Analysis and Faunal Remains” placement, IMAGINE (Study Abroad) placements for castle excavations in Spain.
Our department has a dedicated member of staff in charge of placements, who can provide you with advice and support.