About the Department

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology offers innovative, flexible programmes in archaeology, social anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeological sciences; the only department in the UK to offer such a range. Staff and students form a vibrant, tight-knit and friendly community who work as cooperative teams during field trips and excavations. Our teaching is led by the ongoing research of our academics, and many of our academics are specialists in groundbreaking and employable topics, including scientific study of cultures and their remains, transatlantic slave trade, globalisation and conflict.

With the latest facilities including three archaeological laboratories and a micro CT scanner, we benefit from close connections with the Schools of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, supporting research in archaeological sciences.

Throughout the year, we organise training excavations, field trips, and classes taught on location, aided by our fleet of Land Rovers. Close links with Bristol heritage organisations, such as Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery and the ss Great Britain, along with easy access to heritage sites in the South West, like Berkeley Castle, provide ample opportunity for applying new skills. Many of our academic community are involved in excavations in Africa, North America, France, Turkey, Spain and the UK, and there is an active, student-led Archaeology and Anthropology Society that organises social events, weekly lectures and other extracurricular activities.

Gloves and brushes for fieldwork

Did you know?

The department is currently home to the bones of over 600 skeletons, excavated in the South West, which will be examined before being reburied.