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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Student Profiles

“The BA Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations course offers a huge range of options to study Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology and history. The flexibility of choosing two modules each year beyond the Department of Archaeology means that you can easily take courses in Classics, History, Languages and or other department. I spent the first part of my summer excavating a Roman fort in Binchester and before moving onto a Roman sanctuary in Naples. The many funded fieldtrips and lab sessions that the department has to offer create a fantastic learning experience beyond the lecture hall.

Lucy Moore (2013-16) BA Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

“The engaging community represented by the Durham Archaeology Department has actively enabled my academic and wider life skills to flourish. Fascinating seminars frequently bring together undergraduates, postgraduates and academic staff, as well as guest speakers from across the globe that present incredibly diverse forms of archaeological research, in stimulating discussion. Furthermore, being lectured by leading individuals in archaeological research is hugely inspiring and has ensured that my studies have centred on cutting-edge ideas and methods. Despite this eminence, the immense support provided by lecturers is one of the most frequent traits of studying at Durham University that is praised by my fellow students. I enormously look forward to continuing to engage with the team, as I complete the MA Museum and Artefact Studies next year! Alongside this invaluable network of contacts, my undergraduate course has provided me with a span of broad to increasingly specialised knowledge and skills. I consequently feel confident in my ability to traverse a range of positions within the archaeology job sector. The diverse modes by which the content is taught has maximised my achievement of these skills. For example, teaching includes the interaction with local institutions, including the Oriental Museum and Palace Green Library, as well as utilising a range of facilities, such as an XRF analyser, that the team of technicians readily guide students through taking advantage of their uses. Moreover, I have relished the myriad of travel opportunities that studying Archaeology at Durham University has provided; from nearby Hadrian's Wall, to ancient Rome and Bronze Age caves in Collepardo, central Italy. I will continue to draw upon my enhanced cultural awareness, and treasure these memories, for years to come! ”

Carmen Parr (2012-15) BA Archaeology

“My Archaeology degree at Durham was fantastic - it gave me the confidence to express my own opinions, the passion to continue with further study and the opportunities to travel the world to attend digs. The department was also really friendly and accessible, there was always someone to hep or advise me. Indeed, that is a big reason of why I decided to do a masters - it was too much fun to leave!”

Lydia Woolway (2011-2014) BA Archaeology