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Heritage Partnerships

A research group of the Department of Archaeology.

This research group brings together academics and researchers whose activities focus on applying research to the many challenges facing cultural heritage across the globe. Much of this research is stimulated by the destruction of or damage to heritage through conflict or disaster. Sitting at the intersection of field archaeology and cultural heritage it addresses global challenges, be they economic, political or environmental. Central to the research is the collaborative nature of the research and impact – whether through academic partnership or professional cooperation.

Our members are increasingly engaged around the world, at the cutting edge of cultural heritage research. They share experience and utilise their expertise in policy, protection, engagement and interpretation to reach new global audiences by:

  • researching and developing new methods for cultural heritage preservation and interpretation;
  • co-producing new agendas to engage people with the care of their heritage in their locality;
  • connecting communities with their heritage and fostering local worth and identity
  • partnering national and transnational agencies to protect and promote tangible and intangible, built and portable heritage


  • set new interdisciplinary challenges and agendas for the discipline, and with current global challenges in mind ask the big important questions about the past;
  • deliver internationally leading and world class scholarship, undertaking primary fieldwork around the world and ground-breaking laboratory research;
  • connect communities, locally to globally, with their archaeological heritage;
  • make the material evidence of the past matter to the present, informing heritage practice and policy and co-producing ideas of value, care and protection now, and for the future

Key research themes

We have five main themes within our research, although many of the projects listed below cross multiple themes:


Understanding, protecting and interpreting living religious heritage:


Identifying the archaeological impacts of, and developing responses to, natural hazards such as earthquakes


Providing embedded training and advising on heritage management, preservation and protection


Connecting communities with their tangible and intangible heritage:


Using research findings to push new, and update existing, heritage policies and guidelines.

Research Projects


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