Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography

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Welcome to the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography

We are proud to combine excellent teaching and high-impact research with an international outlook and a firm rootedness in our own region, with its exceptionally rich heritage.

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.

The department is home to a growing range of humanities-, science- and vocation-based undergraduate programmes as well as Master’s programmes. Research students are accepted in any subject area for which we have staff expertise.

In 2017, we 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 focuses 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.

In 2018, we welcomed the subject area of Geography into the department, bringing with it considerable expertise in both human and physical geography, with particular strengths in political and cultural geography, and hydrology.

Our facilities are of an exceptionally high standard and are continually upgraded. We have an excellent reputation for a variety of fieldwork types and the department is well equipped to undertake most types of field projects. Laboratory teaching and research is supported by a dedicated technician.

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.

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.

Over the years we have developed strong external relationships and students have been able to do placements with a wide variety of heritage-related organisations, in some cases leading to subsequent employment.

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.

Meet the team Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography team

Academic team

  • Dr Tom Ball, Reader in Geography (Physical)
  • Prof. Tim Hall, Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Studies
  • Dr Nick Thorpe, Principal Lecturer in Archaeology and Head of Department
  • Dr Lisa Bernasek, Lecturer in Social Anthropology
  • Dr Heidi Dawson-Hobbis, Lecturer in Biological Anthropology
  • Dr Jen Dickinson, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
  • Dr Paul Everill, Senior Lecturer in Applied Archaeological Techniques
  • Dr Niall Finneran, Reader in Historical Archaeology and Heritage Studies
  • Dr Darren Jeffers, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Physical and Environmental Geography
  • Prof. Tony King, Professor of Roman Archaeology
  • Dr Monika Knul, Lecturer in Archaeological Geomatics
  • Dr Phil Marter, Senior Lecturer in Applied Archaeological Techniques
  • Dr Simon Roffey, Reader in Medieval Archaeology
  • Dr Katy Soar, Lecturer in Classical Archaeology
  • Dr Keith Wilkinson, Reader in Environmental Archaeology (Also BSc Geography)

Other lecturing staff

Dr Lawrence Owens (MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Studies)

Emeritus Professor

Prof. Tom James,  Professor Emeritus in Archaeology and History

Research and Laboratory Staff

  • Dr Jenni Sherriff, Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, PAGES Project
  • David Ashby, Anthropology, Archaeology and Geography Laboratory Technician

Find out about our research

Current research projects

Anthropology research

Biological anthropology research in southern England

Islamic Studies in the UK (social anthropology research)

North African art & culture in France (social anthropology research)

Archaeology research


The Search for Alfred the Great, Winchester

The Magdalen Hill Archaeological Research Project, Winchester 

Meonstoke Roman Excavation Project, near Winchester 


Archaeology of the Royal Hunting Lodges, New Forest

Granite: the archaeological biography of stone, Devon

South Devon Rivers Discovery Project, Devon


Anglo-Georgian Expedition to Nokalakevi, Georgia 

Caribbean research projects

PAGES (Pleistocene Archaeology, Geochronology and Environment of the Southern Caucasus)

Geography research

For research in Geography, explore our Geographers' profiles.

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Find out everything you need to know about studying for a postgraduate research degree at Winchester.


The University's flagship consultancy unit is ARCA, Archaeology's successful consultancy arm. Launched in March 2005, it carries out work locally as well as further afield, from Bristol to continental Europe. ARCA has particular expertise in geoarchaeology, geomatics and geophysics.

Find out more about ARCA.

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