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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.

Revitalising ancient water systems for future resilience within the Kathmandu Valley

This 13 October is the UN’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Professor Robin Coningham and Dr Christopher Davis from our Department of Archaeology explain why sustainable access to water is so important and how Durham is helping.
One of Patan’s many brick-lined tanks (hiti), providing water to communities of the Kathmandu Valley

Celebrating Black Archaeologists

During Black History Month 2023, the Department of Archaeology will be regularly releasing a news item relating to the life and work of a Black archaeologist. Watch this space for more articles as they are released.
 Monochrome photo of a Black woman standing side on to the camera, smiling and wearing an earring and headscarf. In the background is a busy city street.

An extraordinary archaeological discovery in Spain

Durham University Archaeology students have been part of an extraordinary archaeological discovery in Spain.
The stela of Cañaveral de León 3 when it was found

Understanding early human cave art

A psychological phenomenon where people see meaningful forms in random patterns, such as seeing faces in clouds, may have stimulated early humans to make cave art.
A Palaeolithic painting of an aurochs from the cave of La Pasiega. The artist traced the natural cracks in the cave wall when painting the head, horns, and back leg of the animal

From Dunbar to Durham: Walking 95 miles in memory of Scottish POWs forced to march south after the Battle of Dunbar

Archaeology PhD researcher Megan Olshefski completes a 95-mile walk in memory of the 17th century Scottish soldiers forced to march from Dunbar to Durham Cathedral after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar.
A group of smiling people gathered outside the Durham Cathedral doors. Two in the centre are dressed in hiking gear and one holds a bouquet of flowers.

Shared horse and human burials show how deeply the vikings cared for their animal companions

Dr Harriet Evans-Tang, a Post Doctoral Research Associate in our Department of Archaeology, and Dr Keith Ruiter from the University of Suffolk explore the connection between vikings and their horses.
viking carving

Durham project 'Exploring cultural capital in local communities' wins Emerald Publishing Interdisciplinary Research Award for 2022/3.

Durham project 'Exploring cultural capital in local communities' wins Emerald Publishing Interdisciplinary Research Award project for 2022/3.
EmeraldPublishing Interdisciplinary Research Award project for 2022/3

Durham celebrates the renewal of our strategic partnership with the Palace Museum Beijing

On 8 July, we welcomed a delegation from the Palace Museum Beijing, led by Senior Deputy Director Mr LOU Wei, to Durham.
Lanterns at Oriental Museum

Durham and the Palace Museum host ‘Pearl by the Sea’ archaeological exhibition

From May to August 2023, we have partnered with the Palace Museum in Beijing, to host ‘Pearl by the Sea - The Comparative Exhibition of Ceramic Finds from Ras al-Khaimah and China’ at the Longquan Celadon Museum in Zhejiang, China.
A group of archaeologists standing in front of a museum