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The Department of Archaeology is housed in a dedicated building, complete with PC lab, reading rooms, and specialist equipment. This state-of-the-art building is an ideal hub for our archaeology community.

You'll have access to our extensive facilities throughout your studies and research.

Purpose-built teaching laboratories

You'll learn within specialist laboratories and have access to our superb teaching collections of artefacts, ecofacts, human remains and animal bones.

Six dedicated suites of laboratories sit within the Archaeology Building. Together with the University’s central Chemical Analysis Facility, these laboratories underpin the Department’s world-renowned research.

The six science suites cover:

  • material science
  • bioarchaeology
  • geophysical and geospatial research
  • geomorphology and micromorphology
  • palaeoecology
  • geochemistry.

These superb facilities enable you to explore the hands-on, practical side of archaeology.

Learn more about our extensive facilities

"The Department has many labs. One in particular I've spent a lot of time in is the bones lab. I've also made use of the designated study space for undergraduates in the Archaeology Building, known as the Reading Room. The space is a brilliant environment to work in, discuss the subject material, share ideas and get to know students across all the year groups."

Marcie Weeks, BA Archaeology and History

Read Marcie's story

On-campus museums

With three unique on-campus museums – the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, the Cole Museum of Zoology, and the Museum of English Rural Life – you can learn from our experts within an accredited museum service. 

Our Museum Studies modules provide the opportunity to experience real-world activities such as collections-based research, contributing to public events, working on social media campaigns, and assisting with school sessions.

Our research

The University of Reading is ranked 1st in the UK for research quality and research outputs in Archaeology (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, based on its analysis of the latest REF 2021).

Meet the team

Our academics have a range of expertise in the field of archaeology. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge through teaching, fieldwork and world-renowned research.

Our stories

Read about our inspiring staff and students, and learn how our archaeological research feeds directly into your studies.
Athena SWAN Silver Award