The Department of Archaeology has an excellent reputation for archaeological fieldwork (both survey and excavation) and is well equipped to undertake most types of field projects.
The Archaeology Department is based in the Medecroft Building on the University's Medecroft Campus. A Victorian villa with a rich and fascinating history, Medecroft has been converted for use as classrooms, laboratories and offices. All laboratory, computing and teaching facilities are recently refurbished and of a high standard.
Our facilities in Medecroft include a computer laboratory, an analytical laboratory and a teaching laboratory. In addition to facilities in Medecroft, we also make use of computer laboratories and larger teaching rooms on the adjacent King Alfred Campus.
A new laboratory has recently been developed for the processing and study of finds/samples that result from fieldwork from our various projects, as well as a storage facility for finds and environmental samples.
We have excellent field equipment, including two Geoscan resistivity meters, two Geoscan magnetometers and a Bartington magnetic susceptibility meter. We also have two Leica total stations, three Leica differential GPS's, several recreational GPS's, manual and powered augers, pulse EKKO Pro Ground-Penetrating Radar equipment and enough excavation gear to equip a team of 70.
Our facilities for processing field data include GIS (ArcGIS), geological (RockWorks), geophysical (InSite and GeoPlot), excavation management (Stratify) and radiocarbon calibration (OxCal and Calib) software on our network. In addition we possess ceramic, vertebrate bone and molluscan reference collections for the post-fieldwork study of these classes of remains.