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We offer you research-led teaching. That means that the content of our modules is often at the cutting-edge of ongoing research. Our teaching combines lectures, seminars, practical work, language classes and lab experience. You will have extensive contact with staff through our small-group tutorials. 



Fieldwork experience is a vital element of the Archaeology course, and there are many opportunities for students to join Department-based research projects. Students can take part in a fully-funded week-long fieldtrip. In recent years this trip has gone to places as varied as Alpine Italy, Montenegro, the Channel Islands and Serbia. 


Undergraduate students view the prehistoric petroglyphs at Val Camonica during the 2019 fieldtrip to northern Italy.


The Department provides excavation training at no charge. The Department also provides funding for the four weeks of fieldwork required of students on the Archaeology tracks in Part II. If students wish to participate in a project that costs more than the funded options available, they will need to find additional funding elsewhere. 



As a student of Archaeology in Cambridge, you will work closely with and alongside teaching staff, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. You will be able to experience a dynamic and diverse research environment. With your dissertation or lab projects you might have the opportunity to contribute to one of the big research projects hosted by our Department. We are a friendly Department with students and staff members from all over the world.



Our excellent resources include the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, a well-equipped IT suite, purpose built laboratories and the Haddon Library of Archaeology and Anthropology. In addition, the Duckworth Collection of human and primate skeletal remains and fossil hominin casts, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Fitzwilliam Museum provide access to extensive collections of primary sources of world importance. 



Recording features as part of the 2019 undergraduate training dig at Northstowe with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit