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New book by Professor Mark White provides a new perspective on archaeological research

A Global History of the Earlier Palaeolithic: Assembling the Acheulean World 1673-2020s By Professor Mark White explores the history of research into the Palaeolithic from its earliest origins to the modern day.
Artist's reconstruction of Homo heidelbergensis making a flint handaxe

Heritage protection in a humanitarian crisis

After Kathmandu was hit by the Gorkha Earthquake in April 2015, a team from Durham University’s UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage was invited by the Government of Nepal and UNESCO to assess damaged historic monuments.
Image showing post-disaster training exercise with first responders

Celebrating Black Archaeologists

During Black History Month, the Department of Archaeology will be regularly releasing a news item relating to the life and work of a black archaeologist. Watch this space for more articles as they are released.
A black woman wearing a headscarf

Professor Paul Pettitt appears on Times Radio to discuss one of prehistory's biggest discoveries

One of archaeology’s most significant discoveries has received new publicity through Times Radio’s ‘On This Day’ feature in an interview with Professor Paul Pettitt.
Paul Pettitt

CODEX: Inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels 2022

Durham University will be bringing history to life and lighting up the North East in a new exhibition.
Light projection from the CODEX video and sound installation

Ancient dung reveals earliest evidence of farmed animals

Ancient dung has helped provide archaeologists with the earliest evidence of animals being farmed for food.
A person pours soil into a flotation machine to extract carbonised plant remains

Community excavation projects unveils local history

A collaborative community project involving our Department of Archaeology has unearthed thousands of artefacts from back gardens in a bid to reveal the history of a North East town.
Two school pupils digging in a test pit

Novel collaboration project aims to explore Ice Age through art

A new interdepartmental research collaboration between our Archaeology and Psychology Departments are experimenting with the online visual perceptions of Ice Age arts through their newly launched project website, Palaeo Vision: Do you see through Ice Age Eyes?
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Uncovering the mystery of the origins of dogs

One of the biggest unanswered questions about human prehistory is where dogs underwent domestication.
Close up of a grey wolf

Remembering Dr Abdulameer Al-Dafar (Al-Hamdani)

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of our friend, colleague, and Durham Archaeology Honorary Research Fellow Dr Abdulameer Al-Dafar (Al Hamdani).
Dr Al-Dafar

MA in Archaeology Poster Exhibition 2022

The 2022 exhibition of academic posters produced by students on the MA in Archaeology is now online, hosted using the website ISSUU.

Neurodiversity and Archaeology

To mark Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2022, the Department of Archaeology at Durham University hosted a panel discussion of archaeologists, students and professionals, who have either been diagnosed or are in assessment for various neurological conditions, such as autism, ADHD, dyscalculia and dyslexia.
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