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Diversity and Inclusivity in Disaster Responses

At ALLEA (The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities) our Professor of Archaeology Robin Coningham was a panelist for their recent General Assembly on Crises and the Importance of Research: "How Prepared Can We Be?"
Tina Comes, Hannah Cloke, Tom Shakespeare and Robin Coningham sitting on a panel

How ceramics are telling the story of 14th century Chinese trade

The history of Chinese trade is sometimes still a bit of a mystery due to the lack of historical records. This is where archaeologists are relying on ceramics to tell the story.
A modern working ‘dragon kiln’ in the Longquan area in China

13th International Congress for the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

From left to right: Ruben Davtyan, Lynne Welton, Valentina Tumolo, Dan Lawrence, Graham Philip, Rune Rattenborg, Felicitas Ruschel, Michelle de Gruchy and Cathie Draycott.
Group of researchers and staff smiling

Strengthening our partnerships in India

In May we celebrated our long-standing partnership with the Maharaja Sayajirao University (MS University) of Baroda.
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Scientists unearth forgotten children of the past

Scientists have unearthed a harrowing story of forgotten children of the past, providing the first direct evidence of the lives of early nineteenth century ‘pauper apprentices’.
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Heritage, historic urban infrastructure, disasters and sustainable development

Professor Robin Coningham is UNESCO's Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, the Chair of Early Medieval Archaeology and is Associate Director (World Heritage) in Durham's Institute of Mediaeval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) and Co-Director of Durham's MA International Cultural Heritage Management programme. Here Robin discusses the role of archaeology in urban infrastructure, climate change, disaster and risk, as part of Durham’s Global Lecture Series
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Our Global Lecture Series travels to Brussels

The latest talk in our Durham Global Lecture series took place recently at the UK Ambassador’s Residence in Brussels.
An image of Professor Robin Coningham and Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Professor Karen O’Brien at the UK Ambassador’s Residence in Brussels

Remembering Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp

Following the news of her death aged 93, we are remembering with fondness and pride the contribution that Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp made to the field of Archaeology and to Durham University.
A portrait of Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp

Alumni Spotlight: Sam Betley

Sam Betley studied for a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology at between 2015-2018. Now he works as a Senior Policy Advisor at His Majesty's Treasury.
Durham Archaeology alumnus Sam Betley next to Hadrian's Wall

World Autism Acceptance Week: experiences of autism in Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History

In recognition of World Autism Acceptance Week, 27 March – 2 April 2023, and World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday 2 April, the Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity leads in the Departments of Archaeology, and of Classics and Ancient History have joined together to give students and staff who have experiences of autism a forum.
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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

The Department of Archaeology is proud to announce that we have been ranked 10th in the world for archaeology.
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Alumni Spotlight: Matthew Bamborough

Learn about the career of Matthew Bamborough, who studied for a BSc in Archaeology between 2015-2018. Since then he has worked in field archaeology and completed an MSc at Oxford University. Now he works as a heritage consultant.
Durham Archaeology alumnus Matthew Bamborough