Department of Archaeology

About the Department of Archaeology

Archaeology at Nottingham has always been a friendly and welcoming department. Our staff and students form a community, sharing a common enthusiasm for the past, whether it be centred upon:
  • the origins of human culture
  • prehistory 
  • the Greek and Roman world
  • the Dark Ages
  • the medieval period
Our students are encouraged to develop their own specialist interests, to be involved in the research and field projects carried out by staff, and to study in the relaxed and informal atmosphere which is so much a part of the department's character.


Students in the Department of Archaeology are involved in a variety of teaching environments, research techniques and archaeological periods. Some students study for a BA degree and are expected to understand the advantages of using scientific techniques but are not expected to carry out hard science. However, for those interested in the sciences, we also offer a BSc in Archaeology.

Student support

The importance of pastoral care and support is recognised as a key aspect of our responsibility. All students have regular meetings with tutors, to whom they can turn for help or advice. They can also see the senior tutor, a member of staff with experience and expertise in helping students who have personal problems or need further help in developing study skills.


As a student at The University of Nottingham, you join a lively academic and social community. You will meet people from all walks of life, make like-minded friends and find yourself being challenged and stimulated throughout your studies. Our students are widely respected for their ability to make the most of their work/life balance with many work experience opportunities available throughout your studies. As a result, the University boasts an excellent record for graduate employment and progression to postgraduate or professional qualifications.
As a graduate in Archaeology you will be provided with an excellent foundation for your future career and the many possibilities that this may entail.
For guidance through your degree and after graduating the Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career and achieve your ambitions.


Teaching on materials science, zooarchaeology (the study of ancient animal bones) and archaeobotany (the study of plant remains) is provided in our well-equipped and recently extended laboratory facilities. In addition to our laboratories dedicated to the study of materials, we have a substantial facility of national and international importance, an electron microprobe, which is supported by an archaeological technician and used extensively in international research and in teaching.



The research interests of our staff are extensive, as is the wide range of specialist knowledge available to students who study archaeology at The University of Nottingham. Although Britain is a core element of our studies, we also cover other regions, from the north of Scotland to Scandinavia, continental Europe to the Mediterranean, and from North Africa to the Near East.

Research centres and institutes

Research centres play a central role in disseminating results to an international public and coordinating research within the Department. The Department is host to the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies (CSPS), the Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (CLABS), and the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre (UARC).

Contact us

Department of Archaeology
Humanities Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park

t: +44 (0)115 951 5559



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Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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