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The Department of Archaeology at Cambridge is one of the oldest in the world and also one of the youngest, largest and most vibrant in its current expanded form. It brings together an extraordinary community of people committed to advancing and transforming our understanding of the past through innovative research and teaching.

We aim to convey that knowledge to society today, in ways that will change ideas, contribute to vital wider conversations and help to navigate a wiser, more sustainable future.

We engage with the archaeology of most regions of the world, from the fens of East Anglia to Antarctica, including Eurasia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania, as well as most periods of the past. We have an enduring reputation for radical, thought-provoking approaches to the analysis and interpretation of people as cultural and biological beings.

We have recently grown our strengths in archaeological science and computational analysis. We have a rapidly growing strength in the crucial field of biological anthropology and human evolutionary studies, with research ranging from fossil hominins to the behaviour, culture and phenotype of living populations. The Department also is home to Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies at Cambridge, integrating teaching and research on their archaeology and ancient languages. Last but not least, we are also the home to heritage studies at Cambridge.

The Department includes several additional renowned institutions including the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, and the Duckworth Collection. We collaborate closely with colleagues in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, as well as many others across the arts, humanities and sciences, including several archaeologists in the Faculty of Classics and the Institute for Continuing Education.

To find out more visit: Department of Archaeology website

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