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Department of Archaeology


Archaeology is all about people, and the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge is dedicated to connecting the people of today with the people of the past. Our remit is huge, with researchers working on all continents in all time periods. Their studies focus on anything from the languages of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to the latest technological advances in ancient DNA studies; from global cultural heritage issues to the Bronze Age Fenland landscape.

In addition to annual events for prospective students, including Open Days, workshops and summer schools, the Department run numerous public engagement activities for multiple age groups and abilities. So, whether it's mucking in with a bit of digging with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, getting hands-on with the whole family at our Prehistory Day or Science in Archaeology Day, or attending any number of exhibitions, lectures and discussions throughout the year, we aim to be an open and accessible subject and Department for all. 

Events In This Series For This Academic Year

Session Name Date Event speaker
University Archaeology Day Saturday, 12 October, 2019 - 10:30 to 16:30 Various
Festival of Ideas: Communicating and Interpreting Change - The Archaeology of Radical Religious Reform in the Ancient Egyptian Amarna Period Tuesday, 15 October, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00 Dr Kate Spence
Festival of Ideas: The Fate of the Neanderthals Thursday, 17 October, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00 Dr Emma Pomeroy and Prof Graeme Barker
Festival of Ideas: Prehistory and Archaeology Day Saturday, 19 October, 2019 - 10:30 to 16:00 Various
Festival of Ideas: Finding India's Water - How Ancient History and Cutting-Edge Technology Could Yield a Sustainable Future Saturday, 19 October, 2019 - 15:00 to 16:00 Dr Adam Green and Dr Ettore Settanni
Festival of Ideas: Eddington, Newall and the Archaeology of Cambridge's Early Modern Science Monday, 21 October, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00 Prof. Simon Schaffer and Christopher Evans
Festival of Ideas: Script Death in the Ancient World Thursday, 24 October, 2019 - 13:15 to 14:00 Dr Pippa Steele and Dr Philip Boyes
Festival of Ideas: Bring Out Your Dead! Destiny and Health in the Middle Ages Thursday, 24 October, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:30 Prof John Robb
Festival of Ideas: Women at Cambridge University - Witnesses and Agents of Change Saturday, 26 October, 2019 - 15:30 to 17:00 Various
Archaeology Subject Masterclass Saturday, 16 November, 2019 - 11:00 to 15:00 Dr Emma Pomeroy and Prof Matthew Collins
Studying Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia at University Saturday, 7 March, 2020 - 09:00 to 17:00 Various
Studying Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia at University Saturday, 14 March, 2020 - 09:00 to 17:00 Various

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