Our degrees reflect a long and distinguished tradition of teaching, research and fieldwork.
Archaeology has been taught at Edinburgh since the 19th century. Today, our academic expertise encompasses a wide range of periods and themes, from the Palaeolithic to recent times in Scotland, the UK, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Near East, as well as experimental archaeology, archaeozoology, osteoarchaeology and forensic anthropology.
Our spacious, historic building was fully refurbished in 2010. It houses excellent teaching and research facilities, including dedicated laboratories for artefact analysis, environmental archaeology, osteoarchaeology, bone chemistry and computing (with a wide range of software applications).
There is an extensive reference collection of archaeological materials, such as pottery, metal, stone and glass artefacts, in the V Gordon Childe teaching collection.
In addition to the outstanding University Library, students have access to the National Library of Scotland, one of the few copyright libraries in the UK. Students can also benefit from the facilities, archives, collections and expertise of a range of museums, heritage agencies and commercial archaeology units based in the city.
Our graduate students come from all over the UK, Europe, the USA and elsewhere. A friendly and lively research atmosphere is enhanced by weekly programmes of seminars, lectures (hosted by the University and institutions such as the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland), and an Archaeology society that organises field trips and social events.
The flexible structure of our taught Masters pragrammes and the extensive range of specialist fields represented by staff allow you to tailor your studies to match your interests.
This article was published on Apr 11, 2013