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Durham research has a lasting global impact

We have launched a new Global Research Brochure where we shine a light on some of our incredible researchers who are making a difference in the world.
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Archaeologists shed new light on children’s health during Industrial Revolution

Our archaeologists have helped shed new light on the health of children living in North East England during the Industrial Revolution.
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The inaugural class of the MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology graduates at Durham Cathedral: a groundbreaking moment

Under the Norman nave of Durham Cathedral, amidst the massive columns and rounded arches that impart a sense of solidity and timelessness, the students of the MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology of the Department of Archaeology have paraded one by one.
Group photo of 10 smiling people in formal dress standing outside a red brick building, spaced evenly around a metal building sign reading 'Durham University Anthropology Archaeology Dawson Building'. 8 of the 10 are also wearing black graduation gowns.

Celebrate Science 2023: Celebrating Science through Archaeology

Between the 31st October and 2nd November 2023, Durham University’s Archaeology staff and students provided a series of exciting hands-on activities at the Science and Engagement team’s annual celebration of science on Palace Green.
Volunteers from Archaeology in purple shirts talking to children and parents about different human and animal skulls. In the foreground is a full-size plastic teaching skeleton.

The Bishop Big Dig: Community Archaeology at the Times Higher Education Awards

In December 2023, representatives of The Bishop Big Dig project and Durham University attended the annual THE Awards Dinner, dubbed the 'Oscars of higher education'. Congratulations once again to The Bishop Big Dig project, shortlisted for 'Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community'.
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Tooth analysis reveals Roman child travelled thousands of miles to Britain

Our archaeologists have helped establish that a male born in the Roman period (AD 43-410) travelled thousands of miles to Britain as a child.
A female researcher examining a Roman tooth in a laboratory

Steppe Sisters: Supporting women and underrepresented groups in academia

Durham Archaeology staff and students visited the University of York on 21 October to participate in the first annual meeting and lecture of the Steppe Sisters Network.
In person participants at the Steppe Sisters Annual Meeting including Durham Archaeology’s Dr Kristen Hopper (chair of the Steppe Sisters Steering Committee), PhD Student Aiya Raissova (Steppe Sisters Steering Committee Member) and both past (Stefania Fiori) and current (Handegul Canli) visiting staff and students.

Late Prehistoric discovery turns archaeological assumptions on their head

For a team of archaeologists digging in south-west Spain, the discovery of a Bronze/Iron Age stela – a funerary stone slab with carvings depicting an important individual – would have been exciting enough. But to find a stela that challenges long-standing interpretations of how the carvings represent gender and social roles in prehistoric times, was beyond the teams’ wildest dreams.
Image shows when the stela, or stone carving, when it was discovered by the archaeological team in Spain.

New chancellor joins the UNESCO Chair and Redhills for a joint workshop on “Redevelopment in County Durham – Heritage, Climate and the SDGs”

Following the recent “Meet Our Chancellor” session during which Durham University’s Chancellor, Dr Fiona Hill, spoke about 'Regional Redevelopment: Lessons from Germany', she joined the Durham UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage and Redhills CIO in co-hosting a postgraduate workshop on 'Redevelopment in County Durham – Heritage, Climate and the SDGs'. The featured photo shows breakout groups in discussion with Ross Forbes, Fiona Hill and Nicola Craddock.
Groups of people sat in discussion circles in a wooden floored auditorium with black stage curtains.

Boudica: Queen of War reviewed by an expert in the real ancient British ruler

Richard Hingley from our Department of Archaeology was invited to write a review of the recently released film Boudica: Queen of War starring Olga Kurylenko as the title character. Warning: this review contains spoilers for Boudica: Queen of War.
The statue Boadicea and Her Daughters near Westminster Pier, London by Paul Walter - Boudica statue, Westminster

Documentary on Durham academic-led project 'At the Edge of the Mountains' shortlisted at the 2023 Arkhaios Film Festival

A documentary on the project 'At the Edge of the Mountains' was shortlisted at the 11th Annual Arkhaios Film Festival. The Department's Professor Anna Leone leads this Aliph-funded project, located in Tataouine (Tunisia) and Nafusa (Libya).
Under strong golden sunlight are archaeological remains of buildings made of stone, gypsum, and red mud. A cliff and the base of mountains are visible in the distance.

Durham Archaeology PhD Researcher Discovers Palaeolithic Handaxes from Canterbury

A previously unknown assemblage of Palaeolithic handaxes from Canterbury was discovered in a museum archive, by Durham Archaeology PhD researcher Pete Knowles. The assemblage contains one of the world's largest and probably finest examples of a ficron handaxe. The handaxe raises many questions about form and function: why did early Neanderthals need to craft such complex tools?
Brown flint ficron and cleaver handaxes next to a black and white 30cm scale bar.