University of Bradford Archaeology

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University of Bradford Archaeology

The University of Bradford uniquely integrates Archaeological Sciences, Biological Anthropology and Forensic Sciences and shares an interest in the study of people and their environments in the present and the past. Our approach is profoundly multidisciplinary, bridging the sciences and the humanities.

Our teaching is led by research and practice. The breadth and depth of staff expertise informs an approach that combines formal, up-to-date instruction with extensive hands-on experience in the laboratory and in fieldwork. The work placement – a one-year professional training scheme run successfully for over 25 years – adds tremendously to student experience and employability.


Archaeological Sciences at Bradford has a long-established reputation as one of the key centres for archaeological research in the UK. Bringing together staff from both Humanities and Science backgrounds within a single centre, we have created a powerful and distinctive research identity which blends cultural archaeology with cutting edge science.

Archaeological Sciences was in the top 10 for archaeology in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses the quality of research conducted in all UK Universities. Over one-third of our research was awarded the highest 4* ranking and we were ranked 3rd in the UK for research impact.

Bradford’s field and lab-based projects have a global reach, currently including work in Mediterranean Europe, western Asia, the North Atlantic and South America.

Our research is funded by a wide range of sources, including UK Research Councils, HERA, the European Commission, government agencies like English Heritage and Historic Scotland, major charities such as the Leverhulme Trust and the Gates Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, and a host of others.