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Undergraduate Archaeology at Cambridge

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


The research we do ranges widely across time and space, from discovering where the gold from Tutankhamun's mask came from, to studying the population genetics of southeast Asian islands, to uncovering the impact of plague on medieval Cambridge. If you study with us you will have the opportunity to take part in this research as it evolves.  

Our degree programme is outstandingly broad and exciting, equally rewarding for those who feel at home in the sciences, the humanities, or both.  

After a joint first year, it allows you to specialise in one or more of Archaeology, Assyriology, Biological Anthropology and Egyptology.

  • Archaeology uses material evidence to explore the nature and development of particular societies and to explain the variations and commonalities of the human past.

  • Biological Anthropology explores human evolution, biology and behaviour, and the interaction between biology and culture.

  • Assyriology is the study of the languages, cultures, history, archaeology and religion of ancient Mesopotamia (Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria).

  • Egyptology is the study of the history, languages, society, archaeology and religion of ancient Egypt.

Over the course of your degree, you might find yourself studying the behaviour of chimpanzees; learning about our oldest human ancestors; translating Egyptian hieroglyphs; learning about radiocarbon dating; or studying imagery in a Babylonian poem. 

You will gain insights into many of the most important challenges for human life on earth, from climate change to economic inequality; from pandemic diseases to the politics of archaeological heritage in wartime.

By the end of your degree 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).