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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Ritual, Religion, Belief and Place


This research group is no longer active.

The emergence of a growing density of cross-period research focused on material aspects of religion and ritual has given rise to a new research group that is setting a fresh agenda for the future for how archaeologists use material culture to understand the religious and spiritual beliefs and practices of past populations. This is a key Durham research strength with over 30 members of the department actively engaged in research and fieldwork relating to aspects of religion, ritual and belief in past societies. From the ancient sacred potency of caves, rivers and springs, to the creation and building of elaborate monuments and structures for worship and ritual; our research ranges over 16 countries, from Sri Lanka to Turkey, Malta and Sweden, touching upon every major era from Neolithic to the Early Modern.

This research group welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students who, in the first instance, should contact the member of staff most relevant to their research proposal.