We are one of the most comprehensively equipped archaeology departments in the UK. Our facilities include project rooms with state-of-the-art interactive technology, teaching laboratories, a computer suite, a photographic studio, internationally renowned scientific research laboratories in DNA, conservation, isotopes, environmental archaeology, luminescence dating, palaeopathology, soil and bone chemistry, and collections that support research in biometrics, informatics, and Anglo Saxon stone sculpture.
As well as employing thirty full-time members of academic staff, our department is home to a commercial Archaeological Services unit, one of only three based in a university department in the UK, and these staff members work with us to provide you with training in excavation and fieldwork techniques.
The museum is actively involved in supporting teaching and research, working with departments ranging from Archaeology and Anthropology to Geography and Theology.
Our other collections include:
We have a range of cutting-edge scientific laboratories, all housed within our Department’s building, specializing in DNA, isotopes, microscopy/geoarchaeology, informatics, human bones, artefact conservation, materials science, and thermoluminescence. We also have excellent photographic facilities.
There are several spaces in the Archaeology Department dedicated to student use. The Common Room has comfortable chairs, coffee tables, a fridge and kettle, and is shared with students from the Department of Anthropology. Postgraduate Research students have access to desk space in shared rooms, equipped with wireless internet and photocopier access.