Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Archaeology

Why choose Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 10 universities for archaeology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Our programmes offer many opportunities for practical archaeological experience. Students often get involved in staff projects, ranging from Scotland to Egypt, during vacations or as part of their final year dissertation. There are also opportunities to take part in external excavation and archaeological survey fieldwork in the UK and Europe.

  • You will study in a city full of resources and professional expertise, with key national archaeological institutions such as National Museums Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland. Edinburgh is home to many national commercial archaeology companies and important archaeological sites which date back to the Mesolithic period, providing opportunities for fieldwork and work experience.

  • You will benefit from our wide range of scientific expertise, notably artefact and materials analysis, digital imaging techniques, visualisation and modelling, the study of human and animal remains (bioarchaeology), and forensic anthropology.

  • We have extensive laboratory facilities. Our five dedicated science-based archaeology teaching labs include a chemistry lab for collagen extraction and preparation of experimental materials, a wet lab for skeletal and experimental processing, a microscope lab, a research lab and a computer lab giving access to a range of specialist software.

  • You will be able to handle, draw and learn from our large teaching collection of skeletal remains and archaeological artefacts, including the famous Vere Gordon Childe collection of artefacts from around the world.

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The programme allows for incredible diversity in specialisations of study. I combine ethnographic studies of contemporary studies, via anthropology, with archaeological theory and its inclusive perspectives on human history.

Savannah Tudlong 3rd year MA (Hons) Archaeology & Social Anthropology
Savannah Tudlong 3rd year MA (Hons) Archaeology & Social Anthropology

Introducing Archaeology

Archaeology investigates the human past using material remains such as artefacts and excavated sites to reconstruct the economic, social and cultural life of early societies. At Edinburgh we have a rich tradition of archaeological teaching and research, specialising in European prehistory, the early civilisations of the Mediterranean and the Near East and Egypt.

You will be introduced to standard and innovative archaeological techniques and the practice and theory of archaeology. This will take in the study of science-based archaeology, including the study of animal and human bones and digital applications.

You can choose to specialise by geographical area or period and to become involved in practical research or applied archaeology, for example through fieldwork.