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. Laboratory teaching and research is supported by a dedicated technician.
The Archaeology Department is based in the Medecroft Building on the University's Medecroft Campus. This Victorian building 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 comprise a computer laboratory, an analytical laboratory and a teaching laboratory and a finds and (wet) sample processing laboratory, and we have storage facilities for finds and environmental samples. We also make use of computer laboratories and larger teaching rooms elsewhere on campus.
We have excellent laboratory equipment enabling the study
of morphological (e.g. grain size analysis, low and high power microscopy), mineral magnetic (e.g. magnetic susceptibility, photo) and geochemical (e.g. using photometers and XRF) bulk and core samples.
We have excellent field equipment, including two Geoscan resistivity meters, two Geoscan magnetometers and a Bartington magnetic susceptibility meter. We also have two total stations, three differential GPS's and several recreational GPS's, manual and powered augers, pulse EKKO Pro Ground-Penetrating Radar equipment, X-Ray Florescence (XRF) analyser and enough excavation gear to equip a team of 70.
Our facilities for processing field data include GIS (ArcGIS), geological (RockWorks), geophysical (GeoPlot, EKKO Mapper, Bartsoft and Voxler), XRF (NDT and NDTr), survey (Geoffice), excavation management (Stratify) and radiocarbon calibration (OxCal and Calib) software. We possess ceramic, animal bone and molluscan reference collections, and we have a large research collection of human skeletal remains.