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Museums and Laboratories

Museums and Laboratories

MUSEUMS AND LABORATORIES

    

First-year students handling objects from the first farming societies in the Near East, in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

 

Cambridge Archaeology students have access to an outstanding range of Museums and Laboratories, which are closely integrated into our teaching.

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has an extensive teaching collection, which supports many of our courses.  The Museum also holds many open sessions for Archaeology students throughout the year, in which students can study objects from the Museum’s collections in their own time.

Students in Assyriology and Egyptology are usually taken to the Fitzwilliam Museum (ten minutes away) and/or the British Museum (fifty minutes by train) once a year, to read original inscriptions. 

Archaeological Science papers regularly hold supervised practical sessions in laboratories, where you might be examining cell-thin sections under a polarising-microscope, or analyzing the isotopes in a sample of your own hair to see what they reveal about your diet. Indeed, Cambridge Archaeology includes seventeen (!) laboratories, where research is conducted at the highest international level in everything from carbonized pollen to archaeogenetics.

Archaeology students will have access to a well-equipped IT suite, and to the Haddon Library of Archaeology and Anthropology.  They can also consult books in the unrivalled collections of the University Library.