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Undergraduate Archaeology at Cambridge

The undergraduate degree in Archaeology at Cambridge encompasses multiple tracks: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Assyriology and Egyptology.


Archaeology is the study of the human past, in all its social and cultural diversity. At Cambridge it is an outstandingly broad and exciting subject, equally rewarding for those who feel at home in the sciences, the humanities, or both.  

Our undergraduate degree encompasses multiple tracks: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Assyriology and Egyptology. You can specialise in your chosen track already in Year 1, or combine them in Year 1 and specialise from Year 2. See course structure for further details.

Our courses range in time from the Palaeolithic to the modern day and cover the Americas, the UK and Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and Australia. We also offer courses on archaeological theory and practice, archaeological science, and museum and heritage studies. 

Over the course of your studies, you might find yourself analysing deformations in medieval skulls; translating Egyptian hieroglyphs; reconstructing past landscapes; learning about radio-carbon dating; studying imagery in a Babylonian poem; or debating the politics of cultural heritage. 

You will gain insights into many of the most important challenges for human life on earth in the present day, from climate change to social structures, to diet and sustainability, to economic inequality.  You will have engaged in the detailed study of primary sources, you may have studied an ancient language, and you will probably have written your first piece of independent research (in the form of a 10,000 word dissertation).

Whatever interests you pursue and develop, our degree will refine your existing skills and build new ones, making you an informed and intelligent analyst of past societies and cultures, as well as a critical thinker, and an articulate presenter and writer of your ideas. These are skills highly valued by employers, opening the way to many careers as a graduate.

Our teaching combines lectures, seminars, practical work, language classes, and lab experience. Fieldwork experience, for which departmental subsidies are available, is a vital element of the Archaeology course, and there are many opportunities for students to join department-based research projects.

The Archaeology Field Club is an established student society within the Department and students also publish their own academic journal, the Archaeological Review from Cambridge.