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Department of Archaeology

Facilities & Services

The Department of Archaeology can be found in the Dawson Building, which is ideally situated at the heart of the Durham city campus: next to the Bill Bryson Library and the newly constructed Palatine Centre. We are one of the most comprehensively equipped departments in the UK, having recently undergone a £3.2 million refurbishment. Our facilities include project rooms with state-of-the-art interactive technology, teaching laboratories, a computer suite, a photographic studio, internationally renowned scientific research laboratories in DNA, conservation, isotopes, environmental archaeology, luminescence dating, palaeopathology, soil and bone chemistry, and collections that support research in biometrics, informatics, and Anglo Saxon stone sculpture.

As well as employing thirty full-time members of academic staff, our department is home to a commercial Archaeological Services unit, one of only three based in a university department in the UK, and these staff members work with us to provide you with training in excavation and fieldwork techniques.