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Peterborough Archaeology

Peterborough and its surrounding area has been an important centre for settlement, industry and trade for many thousands of years. Under the “Peterborough Archaeology” banner the local amateur archaeology group, FRAG, provides a focal point for all things archaeological in the area. The group runs a programme of lectures, visits, and workshops, and provides training […]

Studying artefacts in the Sainsbury Centre

Is there a future in studying the past?

Is this the time to pursue a course in archaeology? The word from the field that reaches the Current Archaeology offices is that graduates are disillusioned with their prospects: jobs are scarce, competition is fierce and projects are poorly funded. What’s the point? Archaeology is a fascinating and diverse subject that is hugely enjoyable to […]

Don Henson digging

Into the Light – CASPAR at UCL

Don Henson, Director of CASPAR (Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice in Archaeology) explains how an innovative new centre at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London, aims to move archaeology into the 21st century. Archaeology has long been a popular subject for television and radio. Although the relationship has been controversial at times, archaeology […]

Aberdeen University

University Guide

A guide to all the major university archaeology departments in the UK Here we list all the major University departments that specialise in archaeology, together with descriptions of them taken from their websites and our thoughts along with a list of undergraduate and post graduate courses offered. Some universities listed do not offer straight archaeology […]

Distance learning students

Distance Learning – Anytime Anywhere

Distance learning can offer a valuable route into archaeological study for those who are unable, or just don’t want to, commit to a traditional academic course. Whether you wish to gains recognised qualifications or just learn more about a topic that interests you, distance learning can be ideal. Here two experts in distance learning and […]

Archaeology in Action

Want to be a Digger? – Entering the world of commerical archaeology

Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, Head of Communications, Wessex Archaeology offers us his insight and tips on getting onto the earchaeology career ladder   If you want to be an archaeologist, what do you need to do to get that first job? Most entry-level jobs are in professional practice, usually as fixed-term contracts doing fieldwork, so you […]

Dana with Alice Roberts during the filming of BBC's Digging for Britain  Credit: BBC

Under the Microscope – Archaeological Conservation

 From Chinese bronzes and Ango-Saxon burial goods, to children’s workshops and international conferences, a conservator’s life is never dull. Dana Goodburn-Brown takes us through a typical day. On a typical day, the morning starts with an e-mail session: picking up reminders for work to do, responding to queries, putting my own out, lobbying for financial […]

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Best Career Ever? – Sports Archaeology

Archaeology and football are not mutually exclusive: Archaeologist Jason Wood visits Liverpool’s Anfield stadium to show how sport, history and heritage interests work together.   In my first year at secondary school I won an essay competition. The question read: ‘Imagine you are an archaeologist in the year 3000. Describe and interpret your discoveries resulting […]

On site teaching on Hadrian's Wall

Academia: the Professor’s point of view

Ian Haynes, Professor of Archaeology at Newcastle University, discusses the challenges in providing students with a thorough archaeological education and discusses how new programmes at Newcastle are rising to the task. While universities are inevitably feeling the bite of this current recession, for students, graduates, and colleagues in higher education and the heritage sectors, many […]

Scott enjoys a little monolith sampling at Killoteran watermill, Co. Waterford.

A Growing Field – Environmental Archaeology

Environmental archaeology provides a landscape context for the archaeological activities on sites. This may be reconstructing how whole regions looked in the past — what today is open grassland may once have been covered by a forest, or the sea; or unravelling the activities of the people who lived there in past centuries, what they […]

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