The Archaeology Department of Exeter University is a vibrant academic community that provides a friendly and relaxed environment in which to study and research.
We currently offer five undergraduate programmes in Archaeology: Single Honours in Archaeology; Archaeology with Forensic Science; Archaeology and Anthropology; Archaeology and Ancient History and Archaeology and History. We also offer the option of adding European Study (with a study abroad option) to an Archaeology and History degree.
There are currently six taught Masters programmes in Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology, Bioarchaeology (MSc), Landscape Archaeology, Material Culture Studies and Archaeology and Heritage Management (by distance learning).
We also have many students studying for MPhil or PhD research degrees, in a wide variety of topics.
We would describe our research as Evidence-Based Social Archaeology and would characterise it as follows:
- produces enduring primary records
- enables a range of theoretical approaches to interpretation
- strengthens awareness of the individuality of past human societies
- field, laboratory and museum-based
- investigates current issues in fresh spatial and temporal contexts
- applies new techniques of investigation
- develops and tests new theoretical approaches)
We have two broad research themes:
Landscape and Environmental Archaeology: Exeter has established itself at the forefront of this area. From our pioneering work in wetland environments we have broadened our horizons to embrace a wide range of research contexts across five continents. Our work is characterised by theoretically informed field-based approaches and a strong commitment to methodological innovation in areas such as the integration of palaeoenvironmental research with the wider study of the cultural landscape.
Material Culture and Social Agency: We emphasise fieldwork, new scientific investigations, academic rigour for experimental archaeology, and interdisciplinarity, to investigate the active role of material culture in human societies. Themes include artefact production, exchange and use, technological innovation, artefact biographies and memory, and inter-craft relations and influences.
Partner Archaeolandscapes Europe:
Dr. Ioana Oltean