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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Fieldwork

Scottish Soldiers Project - Archaeologists Find Mass Grave at Palace Green Library

Scottish Soldiers Project - Archaeologists Find Mass Grave at Palace Green Library

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The lives of our students do not just revolve around lectures, tutorials, and practicals. First year students are given the opportunity to undertake a two-week placement, and most work on our internationally significant excavations at Auckland Castle.

Second and third year undergraduates, as well as many of our postgraduate students, join us on digs around the world to learn the most up-to-date fieldwork techniques and gain valuable work experience in an international setting. We are currently running excavations and working with local research communities across Britain, as well as in France, Spain, Kuwait, Nepal and Egypt. Where possible, we also offer opportunities to work in the labs within the Department, or in one of the museums in Durham, to students who are unable to travel for fieldwork.

Fieldtrips are thus an important part of the Archaeology degree at Durham. As a student you get the chance to better understand the archaeology of Britain and how its history has impacted on the wider world. We make the most of the local archaeological heritage in the region, including the World Heritage Sites at Durham Cathedral and Hadrian’s Wall. There are also opportunities to travel further afield, such as through our Interpreting Heritage Module which gives our students the chance to visit Rome to explore its archaeological monuments and consider how they are presented to the public today.