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Department of Archaeology


26th June 2018 - Staff and new graduates

Welcome to the Department of Archaeology Alumni Page.

I would like to let you know about the important work we are doing in the Archaeology Department at the moment, and where the focus of our energies and efforts are. We are currently excavating in Nepal at the site of Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbini, at Nevern Castle in Wales, at the Roman fort at Binchester near Bishop Auckland, as well as at sites in Oman, Egypt, Ukraine, Spain and elsewhere in Britain from Gloucestershire to the Western Isles of Scotland. Next year there will be projects starting up on prehistoric Italy, prehistoric Sardinia, and Islamic Libya. At our home here in the Dawson Building we are about to start construction on new aDNA labs and refurbish our suite of isotope facilities which will give us unrivalled facilities in archaeological science to complement our existing osteology, conservation, chronometry and environmental laboratories.

I’m sure many of you will know of the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture co-ordinated by Professor Rosemary Cramp DBE, which first published in 1984 and released its eleventh volume in 2013. You may be less familiar, however, with our projects on the ‘Fragile Crescent’, the ‘Tripillia Mega-sites’, the ‘Invisible Dead’ and dog domestication. If so you can find out a lot more on our website, make use of our alumni pages or make friends with us through Facebook. We are now a thriving community of more than 400 with about 60 undergraduates in each year, a growing postgraduate community of about 200, 31 academic staff, 26 post-doctoral researchers and our Archaeological Unit. This makes us one of the largest archaeology departments in the world, housing the editorial teams for major journals like prehistory, Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology, Arabia, Roman Archaeology, Medieval European Archaeology, Mediterranean Archaeology, Bioarchaeology and Museums, Culture and Heritage. These are exciting times for Durham Archaeology.

If you are a Durham Archaeology alumnus and you haven’t done so already, please contact Joanne Patterson with your details on