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Archaeology … but not as we know it

(28 January 2021)

Skull with annotations - 3D model

Skull with annotations - 3D model

Government Covid-19 restrictions have changed the way we do a lot of things; the way we work, the way we socialise...and for our archaeology students, the way they examine bones.

Archaeology traditionally involves a lot of lab-based work, however since the beginning of the pandemic students have embraced innovative and exciting ways of learning.  

Virtual lab approach 

Campus based lab sessions for undergraduate students have been replaced with a ‘virtual lab approach’ using interactive 3D models and CT images of bones being studied. The 3D models are highly detailed and annotated, enabling budding archaeologists to examine the bones in fine detail and from all anglesanywhere in the world 

This approach also enables students to gain valuable virtual lab experience at an early stage in their degreeproviding an opportunity to develop a valuable workplace skill. 

Global insights 

Throughout the pandemic, archaeology students have also seized the opportunity to hear from guest speakers from around the world who have provided unique and fascinating insight into their own research.  

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