When it comes to archaeology, few places in the UK have more to offer than Winchester. It was Roman Venta Belgarum (the market place of the Belgii tribe) and the Anglo-Saxon capital of the Kingdom of Wessex. These days, Winchester is better known for its outstanding medieval architecture and institutions, including the splendid Cathedral, Bishop's Palace and Winchester College. Along with regional monuments such as Stonehenge and Fishbourne Roman villa, these provide a rich teaching resource located within easy travelling distance from the University.
However, we do not just focus on our immediate environs; our staff are currently working as far afield as the Caribbean, a number of Mediterranean countries and the Caucasus, as well as in the UK and continental Europe. Students have the opportunity to join staff on several of these research projects (find out more).
Photos, left to right: Winchester students excavating a WW II bomber crash site in Germany, alongside German and Dutch students; students processing environmental samples (flotation); students sampling a feature at the current training excavation in Winchester, the 'leper hospital'.
The Department is the home for a growing range of humanities-, science- and vocationally-based undergraduate Archaeology programmes.
We run two Master's programmes, while research students are accepted in any subject area for which we have staff expertise.
Quality and Satisfaction
In the most recent Quality Assurance Agency audit of university archaeology teaching, we were one of only four departments to be awarded the maximum 24/24 grade.
We have 'Registered Organisation' status within the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). This recognises our emphasis on vocational, practical skills and the high quality of the teaching/ training we offer.
According to the most recent Guardian ranking of top universities for Archaeology courses, 94% of our students was satisfied with their course and 94.7% with the teaching.