Archaeology … but not as we know it
(28 January 2021)
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 angles, anywhere in the world.
This approach also enables students to gain valuable virtual lab experience at an early stage in their degree, providing an opportunity to develop a valuable workplace skill.
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.
Find out more
- The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 rated us in the world top 10 for Archaeology (fourth), find out more about undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities in Archaeology at Durham.
- Our Department of Archaeology is leading the way in research. Read our recent research stories Did dogs join us in settling the Americas? and Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Game of Thrones wolves.
- Follow Durham Archaeology (@ArcDurham) on Twitter to hear the latest about our students, staff and partnerships.