Thursday, November 03, 2011

Article: Archaeology & Ancient History at Leicester — University of Leicester

Archaeology & Ancient History at Leicester — University of Leicester

ULAS is an independent professional unit whose expertise covers urban, rural and buildings archaeology of all periods across the Midlands. Find out more…

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Read about the city's archaeology in the new publication Visions of Ancient Leicester

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School of Archaeology and Ancient History,
University of Leicester, University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel +44 (0)116 252 2611
Fax +44 (0)116 252 5005


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Archaeology & Ancient History at Leicester

Welcome to our webpages! The School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester comprises a thriving and world-class team of scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and delivering teaching to the highest standards. 

Internationally recognised, the School has established strengths in prehistoric, Graeco-Roman, historical and scientific archaeology, as well as in ancient historical analyses of the cultures, economies and politics of the classical world.


The School of Archaeology and Ancient History offers:
  • top student satisfaction in the National Student Survey
  • highest ranking for our research nationally and internationally
  • a unique blend of archaeology and ancient history
  • excellent teaching and research facilities
  • a rich set of single and joint honours undergraduate programmes
  • an exciting range of taught Masters programmes
  • quality support for PhD research students
  • a strongly flexible approach to learning
  • a world-renowned Distance Learning Unit and programmes
  • collaboration with a professional archaeological unit
  • regular coverage of our research in the media
  • a friendly, helpful and supportive working environment


Fieldwork is core to our research and training. Read here about our major new Fieldschool at the Iron Age hillfort of Burrough Hill in Leicestershire (see local news coverage here). Staff have field projects elsewhere in England, in Europe, North Africa and beyond, exploring the varied archaeologies of past societies. Our projects are many and varied and include the Mapping Faith and Place Project in Leicester itself.


Explore the links below to find out more about our courses, staff and research:

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Single and joint honours programmes

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Taught Masters and research opportunities 

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Flexible learning from certificates to PhDs

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Research projects across the globe



Hollings woodcutResearch funds of £1 million have been awarded by the Wellcome Trust to Dr Sarah Tarlow for a major interdisciplinary project which examines the fate and archaeology of the corpses of executed criminals. Read more here

The UK mainland's first fully intact Viking boat burial, complete with sword, axe and other finds, has been uncovered in Scotland's west Highlands, at Ardnamurchan, as part of a project co-directed by the School's Dr Oliver Harris. Read more: click here (BBC News) and here (The Guardian)

Sign up to attend an interdisciplinary postgraduate day conference on Power and the Sacred in the Medieval World (5th-15th cc.). Date and venue: 26th November 2011, University of LeicesterSee poster or contact To book a place click here.

The next School Research Seminar is on Weds. 2nd November when James Spry and team will discuss the use of archaeology to rehabilitate injured soldiers. The talk is at 5pm, but join us at 4.30 for drinks and themed cake!  Click here for the full Semester 1 programme.


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