Our strength lies in combining cutting-edge, analytical techniques with social approaches to address fundamental aspects of past human experience. We explore human interactions with the natural environment; mobility, migration and cultural interaction; and health, diet and the life course.
The UK’s periodic assessments of research quality (RAE and REF) consistently recognise our research as outstanding, and we have an excellent track record in attracting funding from research councils, charities, learned bodies, government and industry. Our staff include some of the most influential researchers in the discipline and four of our senior academics are Fellows of the British Academy.
In REF 2014 we achieved the top score in Archaeology for world-leading (4*) and internationally-excellent (3*) research with 81% of our publications being ranked within these two categories; we also received an outstanding score for research environment (62.5% at 4*).
Interdisciplinarity is fundamental to our research, exemplified in projects such as: ‘The Ecology of Crusading’, exploring the impact of colonisation in the medieval Baltic; ‘The Central Zagros Project’, studying agricultural origins in the ancient near East; and our collaboration with Meteorology, pioneering new understanding of human responses to past climate change in a variety of global cultural contexts.
Our vibrant research culture is enriched by world-class assets, facilities and collections, including an internationally esteemed Archaeology Field School, widely recognised as an exemplar for integrating teaching with research excellence.