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About the Division of Archaeology

The University of Cambridge provides an outstanding environment for research and undergraduate and graduate teaching in archaeology, continuing its long-established international reputation for distinction in this field. We are a top-ranking Department in the UK's national reviews of research excellence (RAE2008, Times Good University Guide 2009)


The Division of ArchaeologyCambridge 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.


The Division of Archaeology also has a vibrant Graduate Community and offers a range of different MPhil options in Archaeology, Egyptology and Assyriology capable of being tailored to students interests and goals through their choice of modules and dissertation subject.


We have a well-equipped IT laboratory and a series of purpose-built laboratories dedicated to archaeological science. Students also gain valuable hands-on experience from the collections of artefacts housed in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Archaeology can be pursued as a career, through academic research and teaching, field archaeology, museums and heritage management, or it can form the starting point for a wide range of careers in other fields, including the media, publishing and education.