Department of Archaeology
Welcome to the Durham University Archaeology Department, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Fourth for our subject in both the Times Good University Guide 2013 and the Complete University Guide 2013, such high rankings are a testament to the research-led community we have built and the expertise we share with our valued students. Judged best in the UK for Archaeology research following the Research Assessment Exercise of 2008, many of our academics have literally 'written the book' on their subject and are the editors of prominent archaeological journals, including Antiquity. As a result, we can offer you high quality teaching, a positive student experience, and crucially, enhanced employability.
24 February 2014
20 August 2013
4 July 2013
Seminars are usually held on (check the details for venue), but you should check the seminar details for exceptions.
- 26 February 2014 16:30: A presentation on their recent research - The Durham Prehistory of Eurasia Research Group (convenor: Mark White) , Durham University
- 5 March 2014 16:30: A presentation on their recent research - The Durham Ritual, Religion, Belief and Place Research Group (convenor: Pam Graves), Durham University
- 12 March 2014 16:30: Not buried and forgotten: post-mortem body manipulation during the Mesolithic-Neolithic period in the Danube Gorges, Serbia - Dr. R. Wallduck, Cambridge / Archaeology
- 19 March 2014 16:30: Animals in Early Neolithic SE Anatolia: Subsistence, Ritual and Symbolism - Dr. Joris Peters, Institute of Palaeoanatomy, Domestication Research and the History of Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, and State Collection of Anthropology and Palaeoanatomy, Munich
The Fragile Crescent Project - The Fragile Crescent Project was founded in 2008 in order to advance our understanding of the settlement landscapes of Upper Mesopotamia and the northern Levant. The project brings together data drawn from archaeological surveys and satellite imagery into one analytical framework so that we can provide a data source to rival that available for southern Mesopotamia. The Project is based in the Departments of Archaeology and Geography, Durham University and primary funding has been provided by the AHRC.
The Tripillia Mega-Sites Project - This AHRC-funded research project takes as its starting-point the Tripillia (Russian 'Tripolye') mega-sites of Ukraine – the largest sites in 4th millennium BC Europe, termed 'proto-urban' by local archaeologists, and the only exception to Roland Fletcher's limits of agrarian settlement growth. The project objective is to understand how and why Tripolye sites expanded in this unprecedented way.
The Invisible Dead Project - By examining archaeological data from across two regions (Britain and the Levant) this project will provide a new understanding of the emergence of religious belief and self-awareness, as well as charting changing concepts of what it means to be human. We shall explore the temporal, social and economic contexts of changing relationships between human socio-religious beliefs and concepts of the body and the afterlife. Do burials represented in the archaeological record of Britain and the Levant constitute the ‘mainstream’ or are they the result of highly specific selection processes?
Dog Domestication Project by DEAD Lab - The three year project gets underway in October and is backed by a £950,000 grant from the NERC – one of only a few handful of grants awarded to archaeological science. The project will enable researchers from Durham University Department of Archaeology and the University of Aberdeen to apply cutting-edge techniques to examine the DNA, bones and teeth of dog remains found across Asia and Europe.
Dept of Archaeology
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