An archaeologist undertaking fieldwork
Archaeological fieldwork in Mexico
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Social Sciences Division


Oxford’s School of Archaeology is one of the few departments in the world where so many diverse aspects of archaeological research are brought together to address critical questions about our past.

The department’s graduate courses are based around the three main centres of archaeological research in Oxford, working together to offer support and facilities to graduates:

  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
  • Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

One of the great strengths of Oxford archaeology is the opportunity for cross-disciplinary research, making use of the expertise in more than one centre.

Archaeological research at Oxford has a long and distinguished history, with current expertise and interests in the development of human societies from the Palaeolithic to the Early Modern periods, and spanning much of the globe.

As a graduate student at Oxford you will be part of a world-class university, offering unsurpassed opportunities for innovative study and research, and the department’s thriving graduate community of over 150 students drawn from across the world. The four University Museums, including the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers, the world-class libraries, and the University’s other archaeological resources are all available to you to stimulate your interests and increase your knowledge.


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