Example of a findArchaeology at Reading has an outstanding reputation for world-leading research, formally recognised by the award of the Queen's Anniversary Prize 2009 for “excellence in research, enterprise and teaching.”

While supporting individual research, our strategy stresses the investigation of major themes comprising:

  • human-environment interactions, human responses to climate change
  • cultural diversity, identity and material culture
  • agricultural development, diet and food supply
  • disease, ageing and death
  • landscapes of cult and devotion

Research within these themes is guided through both our research clusters, maximising the strengths of social and scientific approaches that are special to the discipline of Archaeology. The themes intersect with the University-wide research strengths of Health, Food Security, and Climate, with Archaeology research into diet, health, agriculture, food storage, and palaeoclimate contributing to the University’s world-leading research on these themes.

Through internal and external collaborations, an active programme of conferences and national and international research partnerships, Reading Archaeology is productively engaged in the shaping and pursuing of contemporary research agendas in world Archaeology.

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.

See our research cluster pages for more about Archaeology research projects:

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