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Our staff and students have fascinating stories to tell.

Whether you are just beginning your studies or are an experienced researcher, we'll help you to find the topics you really care about and start to make stories of your own.

Inspirational students and alumni

Our archaeology students and alumni are exceptional. Their work at the University has inspired them to follow their passions outside of university life – and we support them in every way we can.


Alfie Peters

Discover how BA Archaeology and Anthropology student, Alfie Peters, used optional modules throughout his degree to create a personalised career pathway.

Caitlin Johnson

Originally from Mississippi, USA, Caitlin came to the UK to study BA Museum Studies and Archaeology with International Foundation Year. Discover what she enjoyed about Year 0 and her transition to Year 1.

Jasmine MacFarlane

Reflecting on her time at university, BA Archaeology and History student, Jasmine, talks about the value in having an Academic Tutor, and how they are key to supporting students with academic, personal or professional development.

Jenny Harris

Discover how the Enabled Fieldwork Group has empowered Jenny to take part in fieldwork in her own way, helping her to realise her strengths and understand her limitations.

Leo Griffiths

Leo completed a voluntary three-week work experience placement at the end of his third year, working alongside the pottery specialist at the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA). 
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Marcie Weeks

Marcie studied a joint BA Archaeology and History degree at Reading. Discover how her combined studies expanded her skillset and offered opportunities for hands-on, practical learning.
Matthew Abel

Matthew Abel

Matthew graduated from the University of Reading in 2018 with first-class honours in BA Museum Studies and Archaeology. He now works as a Collections Move Officer at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

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Mia Dare

Mia is a current student on our BA Archaeology and Anthropology course. Discover how the course has helped her to gain new perspectives on our world.
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Rizwan Ahmad

Rizwan Ahmad graduated from the University of Reading in 2012 with a BA in Archaeology. Learn how his time at Reading has shaped him and helped rapidly progress his career in the field up to his current role as Head of Research at Barker Langham.
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Tim MacDonald Watson

Tim MacDonald Watson, a BA Archaeology graduate, is an Operations Manager for the NHS. Read about his career path since graduation, and how the skills acquired at Reading have been essential to his working life.



Ivan Krivokorin

Ivan studied MA Archaeology at Reading, where he enjoyed a range of opportunities available to our master's students. Learn how the strong sense of community in the Department helped Ivan – an international student – to settle into life in the UK.


Matt Fittock

Read about Matt's journey from an undergraduate Law degree to an archaeology master's at Reading – and on to a rewarding career in the archaeological sector.

Passionate staff

Discover what makes our staff passionate about their subject, and learn about the impact of their work. Read about the research that feeds into your learning and is embedded in many of the modules you will study.
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Dr Alanna Cant

Dr Alanna Cant is the University's Programme Lead in Anthropology. Learn about her life as an anthropologist, from undergraduate study to primary research in Mexico and on to an academic career at the University of Reading.
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Professor Aleks Pluskowski

Professor Aleks Pluskowski's research uses environmental archaeology to provide a new perspective on the Crusades.

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Professor Duncan Garrow

Professor Duncan Garrow's combination of underwater and dry-land archaeology is unravelling the mysteries of Neolithic settlements in the Outer Hebrides.
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Dr Gundula Muldner

Dr Gundula Müldner trained as a human osteoarchaeologist and specialises in bone chemistry. Her research looks at the chemical composition of skeletons in order to reconstruct the life of the individual.
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Dr Gabor Thomas

Dr Gabor Thomas is shedding light on the Dark Ages, exploring how Medieval traditions have shaped more than 1,000 years of elite identity.


Professor Hella Eckardt

Professor Hella Eckardt reveals how archaeological research can resonate with contemporary issues. Her work explores the complicated history of migration in the UK.


Professor Mary Lewis

Professor Mary Lewis' pioneering work on child and adolescent remains is creating a better understanding of women's health – a topic that remains under-researched even in the twenty-first century.
Athena SWAN Silver Award