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.
In 2017, the Department of Archaeology became the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. Anthropology shares with Archaeology an interest in material culture (from both past and present). It also includes social anthropology, which focusses on cultural development and change through time up to the present day, and biological anthropology, which studies the physical aspects of humanity, including the evolution of humans from their primate ancestors. All three strands build on the department's existing expertise in these fields.
Our academics are currently working as far afield as the Caribbean and the Caucasus, as well as locally, UK-wide and in continental Europe. Students have the opportunity to join staff on several of these research projects (find out more).
The Department is the home for a growing range of humanities-, science- and vocation-based undergraduate Archaeology programmes, and from 2017-18, we offer a BA in Anthropology.
We run three Master's programmes, while research students are accepted in any subject area for which we have staff expertise.
Keep up to date with all the latest news and forthcoming events in this vibrant department.
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, while in the most recent National Student Survey, Archaeology achieved 100% overall satisfaction.
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.