Welcome to Durham Archaeology. Our research, teaching and reputation are world-class: we are regularly ranked one of the top two Archaeology departments in the UK (e.g. Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, The Guardian University Guide 2017, Complete University Guide 2017) and one of the top five globally (World University QS rankings 2016). Our expertise covers a broad chronological and geographical span, from the Palaeolithic to the present-day, and from South Asia to the Mediterranean, Europe and the British Isles, and we run fieldwork projects across the world. We have a range of cutting-edge laboratories, extensive commercial infrastructure and a network of heritage-sector collaborators to match. Our staff are passionate about sharing their expertise with our students, and for the benefit of wider society.
We pride ourselves on producing thoughtful, intelligent and employable students at all levels. Find out more about our taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses, research degrees, or our research activities.
Dept of Archaeology
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What makes Archaeology at Durham great?
The Department of Archaeology is ranked fifth in the world in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings (2016). It has research projects and fieldwork taking place across the globe, world-leading academics, state-of-the-art lab facilities and a thriving student community. Head of Archaeology, Professor Chris Gerrard, talks about what makes the department great.