University of Cambridge Archaeology

University of Cambridge Archaeology

Cambridge was the first university in the UK to teach Archaeology; our facilities are outstanding and the scope of our teaching and research global. The undergraduate course covers all periods of the human past, combining both theory and practice, and enabling students to draw upon skills from the humanities and sciences.

In the first year, all students take part in the Wessex Field Trip, visiting sites such as Avebury and Stonehenge. Students who choose to specialise in Archaeology participate in a field trip (usually abroad) in their second year, in addition to a two-week training excavation and four further weeks in the field, putting what they have learnt into practice.

Archaeology at Cambridge

The Division of Archaeology has a teaching staff of 18, and is the oldest department of its kind in the UK. It offers Undergraduate and Masters (MPhil) courses in a wide range of archaeological topics, and facilities for research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in archaeology across its entire range of specialisations and periods. Undergraduate students of the Department participate in fieldtrips and excavations as a part of their study, and also have the opportunity to be involved with fieldwork abroad.

Most researchers are based in the Division of Archaeology and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, with others in the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies (LCHES), the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), and in the Faculties of Classics, Continuing Education, and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The Division of Archaeology maintains close contact with the Departments of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, Earth Sciences and Plant Sciences, the Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group, and the Unit for Landscape Modelling.