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Welcome to Archaeology at Durham

The Department of Archaeology is a leading centre for the study of archaeology and one of the top departments in the world. We are an inclusive, vibrant and international community, with expertise in a wide range of areas and important strengths in field and landscape archaeology, archaeological science, and museums and heritage studies.

We work across five continents, offering research and teaching specialisms in world prehistory, early complex societies, India, Egypt and the Near East, Roman and Classical archaeology, the archaeology of South East Asia, Eurasia and the medieval, historical and contemporary worlds.

Our community is an exciting place in which to develop knowledge and gain essential and transferable skills, from lab-based training in osteology, isotopic analyses and aDNA to applied skills in field survey, excavation, Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing and the study of artefacts and collections.

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4th in the world QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Athena Swan Bronze Award since 2018
3rd The Complete University Guide 2022
Ranked 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2021

Study with Us

  • Undergraduate study

    During an archaeology degree you will learn about fieldwork, finds, historic buildings, scientific methods, archaeological theories, and computer techniques and how they all help us to understand the past.

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  • Postgraduate study

    Our postgraduate community is one of the largest in Europe. Our thriving group of taught and research postgraduate students actively contribute to the dynamic research environment we cultivate here at Durham.

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Undergraduate study

During an archaeology degree you will learn about fieldwork, finds, historic buildings, scientific methods, archaeological theories, and computer techniques and how they all help us to understand the past.

Someone digging, with a bucket full of soil next to them

Postgraduate study

Our postgraduate community is one of the largest in Europe. Our thriving group of taught and research postgraduate students actively contribute to the dynamic research environment we cultivate here at Durham.

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Our research

This is how we make an impact on the world around us.

Archaeology at Durham has a worldwide reputation for research and impact. Embracing humanities, social sciences and sciences, our inclusive environment thrives upon collective endeavour and co-production and a commitment to address challenges of local, national and global significance.

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Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about the exciting things our students do, research breakthroughs, and life at the cutting edge of Archaeology.

Dept of Archaeology
Durham University
South Road
Durham
DH1 3LE

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1612

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