Canterbury Christ Church University Archaeology

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Canterbury Christ Church University Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its physical remains. It encompasses a range of practical and academic skills that draw on both the natural sciences and the humanities. Kent is rich in heritage and archaeological remains, and Canterbury is one of the most significant historical and cultural centres in Britain. Canterbury Christ Church University is itself situated in a World Heritage Site stretching from the Cathedral to the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey. So what better place to study archaeology?

We offer modules on archaeological techniques and modules dedicated to prehistoric, Roman, and medieval archaeology. You also have the option of undertaking funded fieldwork placements during the summer period. Archaeology is a fascinating and complex subject, and the degree helps you to consolidate a wide range of skills that are attractive to employers in the public and commercial sectors, particularly in areas of heritage, education, conservation, museums, and media.

An archaeology degree is highly valued by employers for the sheer breadth of transferable skills that it will help you develop, including: critical and analytical thinking, diverse practical skills, oral and written communication, independent learning, teamwork, organisation and time management, computing and data analysis, project management, adaptability to diverse research environments, and problem solving.

What will I study

  • European prehistory
  • The Roman World
  • Medieval Europe
  • Ritual and religion in the past
  • Death and burial in past societies
  • Gender and sexuality in past societies
  • Warfare and violence in past societies
  • Dietry reconstruction
  • Excavation techniques
  • Survey and geomatics
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Computer applications and digital technologies
  • Landscapes and environment
  • Human skeletal studies and zooarchaeology
  • Artefact analysis
  • Politics and ethics of archaeology
  • Archaeology and public engagement
  • Managing the archaeological resource

Our programme has been designed with the needs of modern students in mind, and our module content is continually reviewed and updated. Courses are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and practical workshops which draw upon a range of facilities and resources from across the university including computing laboratories, artefact and skeletal reference collections, and survey equipment. Field trips are also integral to our programme; we make extensive use of Canterbury’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the rich historical landscapes of Kent and the South-East. Among other sites, we have visited the Dover Bronze Age Boat, Dover Castle, Richborough Roman Fort, the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Butser Ancient Farm, and the British Museum.