13 August 2015
New volume celebrates 40 years of rescue archaeology
Sept. 15th sees the publication of the volume Rescue Archaeology: Foundations for the Future, co-edited by the Archaeology Department's Dr Paul Everill. It assesses the current frameworks within which archaeology is practised in Britain in 22 chapters written by currently practising archaeologists. Available now at early-bird rate; find out more.
20 July 2015: Archaeology is rubbish
Head of Archaeology Dr Nick Thorpe talked rubbish at the Winchester Discovery Centre: Archaeology is rubbish; what does your rubbish say about you? is part of The Great Waste Project, a partnership between Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change, which is based at the University.
The Great Waste aims to help people recycle more and to encourage people to reduce the amount of waste they produce from their home and work. Find out more about the Archaeology is rubbish talk.
8 July 2015: The Early Christian Archaeology in Britain Conference: Archaeology and the search for early insular Christianity in Britain. Present and future research foci
A collaboration between the Centre for Applied Archaeology and Heritage Management (CAAHM) and the Coptic Orthodox Church.
This one-day conference on the archaeology of the Early Church in Britain focussed on the present state of archaeological and historical research on the evidence for the earliest Christian communities of these islands up until the age of Augustine. Special themes included Continental and Mediterranean links, the British fringes and early monasticism. (Photo: Early Christian chi-rho symbol on a 4th-century Romano-British lead water tank)
For more information, visit the conference website.
Archaeology Department plays central role in international project investigating WW II bomber crash site
Staff and students from the Archaeology Department have been working closely with German and Dutch institutions to excavate the crash site of an RAF Halifax bomber in Germany. (Photo: students excavating the crash site)
87% of the Archaeology Department's publications rated as being of international significance in REF 2014
Posted: 18 December 2014
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show an improvement of the Department's grading from the previous nationwide research assessment, RAE 2008: 87% of the publications submitted to the REF panel were assessed as having international significance, compared with 75% in RAE 2008. In addition, 34.8% of total publications were rated as being 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading' in terms of their originality, significance and rigour'.
Full details can be found on http://results.ref.ac.uk
Winchester archaeologists recognised for community engagement
Posted: 23 Oct 2014
At this year's Graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr Simon Roffey and Dr Phil Marter, Directors of the Magdalen Hill Archaeological Research Project (MHARP), received the Vice Chancellor's Community Engagement Award. This award recognises and celebrates the work of staff and students who have made an outstanding contribution to the community and have thereby advanced the mission and values of the University.
Magdalen Hill is a multi-phase site on the outskirts of Winchester; it comprises among other features a medieval leper hopital. "Dr Roffey and Dr Marter have been working with the UK Leprosy Mission and helping to raise funds, gaining nationwide publicity", said the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joy Carter. "They have been the driving force behind these significant community engagement initiatives and their work forms a key distinctive feature of the Archaeology Department."
Photo: Dr Phil Marter, Chancellor Prof. Dame Mary Fagan and Dr Simon Roffey at the 2014 Graduation ceremony in Winchester Cathedral. (Photo Dominic Parkes).
Palaeolithic site challenges current thinking about early stone tool development
posted: 26 Sept. 2014
According to a groundbreaking study, published today in the journal Science and co-authored by Winchester geoarchaeologist Dr Keith Wilkinson, analysis of stone tool artefacts from the 325,000‐year old site Nor Geghi 1 in the Hrazdan Gorge in Armenia has demonstrated that human technological innovation occurred intermittently rather than spreading from a single point of origin, as previously thought.
Photo: University of Connecticut researchers Nathan Wales and Phil Glauberman investigating Nor Geghi 1 in 2008 (Photo Dan Adler)
Winchester Seminars on Comparative Medieval Cultures series 2014-2015