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About the Department of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology at 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


The Division of ArchaeologyCambridge was the first university in the UK to teach Archaeology, and the Department of Archaeology currently has a teaching staff of 18. We offer 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 Department of Archaeology and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, with others in the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), and in the Faculties of Classics, Continuing Education, and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The Department of Archaeology maintains close contact with the Departments of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, Earth Sciences and Plant Sciences, and the Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group.


What we offer

Our facilities are outstanding and the scope of our teaching and research global. The Archaeology Tripos covers all periods of the human past, combining both theory and practice, and enables 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, and also participate in a two-week training excavation. In second year, students participate in a field trip (usually abroad) and four further weeks in the field, putting what they have learnt into practice.

The Department 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.