About us

The Department of Archaeology building on the Whiteknights campus at the University of ReadingReading has a friendly and energetic Department of Archaeology, with an international reputation in research and teaching.

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (SAGES) combines the disciplines of these subject areas, providing unique opportunities in study and research, concerning the natural, social and built environments.

We have our own modern building and as part of SAGES, we have access to a wide range of excellent scientific facilities, laboratories and expertise. Our staff research interests focus on European, Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology from early prehistory to the later medieval period, and on social archaeology, environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology.

An open day at the Department of ArchaeologyUndergraduate and postgraduate courses are wide-ranging and include archaeological science, theory and practical experience of archaeology in the field through our leading training excavation at the Archaeology Field School

Our teaching provision has been graded excellent by the Quality Assurance Agency. 

REF 2014 results confirm Reading Archaeology as world-leading

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published the results of its Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 on 18 December 2014. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the method for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) held approximately every six years.

Reading has achieved the top score in Archaeology (UoA17A) for world-leading (4*) and internationally-excellent (3*) research. Expert peer review has confirmed 81% of our research as scoring in these two categories, above Oxford, Durham, UCL, York and Cambridge in a competitive field of over twenty submissions. Our grade point average was 3.08, well above the sector mean, with outstanding scores in outputs (31.9% at 4*) and environment (62.5% at 4*).

For more information on the University's results, please see: Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Archaeologist of the Year awarded to UoR staff members for two years running

For the second year in a row, the Current Archaeology Awards top honour was awarded to a member of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading!

Professor Roberta Gilchrist was awarded Archaeologist of the Year 2016, as voted for by subscribers and members of the public. The award is given in recognition of the outstanding contributions to our understanding of the past made by the people, projects, and publications featured in the pages of Current Archaeology over the previous 12 months. You can read more here.

Last year, Professor Michael Fulford won the title in recognition of his outstanding contributions to archaeology - you can read Current Archaeology's press release here.

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Unearth your potential with us

Archaeology is one of ten of the University of Reading's academic subjects which are ranked among the ten best in the country according to the Complete University Guide 2014.

The subject specific rankings are based on levels of student satisfaction, research quality, entry standards and graduate prospects.


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