Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography
Welcome to the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography
First established as a degree in the mid-1970s, Archaeology became a thriving department in the early '90s. In 2017, we saw the addition of Anthropology, and in 2018 we welcomed the subject area of Geography into the department.
The department is home to a growing range of humanities-, science- and vocation-based undergraduate programmes as well as Master’s programmes. Research students are accepted in any subject area for which we have staff expertise, capacity permitting.
Our facilities are of an exceptionally high standard and are continually upgraded. We have an excellent reputation for a variety of fieldwork types and the department is well equipped to undertake most types of field projects. Laboratory teaching and research are supported by a dedicated technician.
Over the years we have developed strong external relationships and students have been able to do placements with a wide variety of organisations, in many cases leading to subsequent employment.
When it comes to archaeology, few places in the UK have more to offer than Winchester. It was Roman Venta Belgarum (the market place of the Belgii tribe) and the Anglo-Saxon capital of the Kingdom of Wessex. These days, Winchester is better known for its outstanding medieval architecture and institutions, including the splendid Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Winchester College. Along with regional monuments such as Stonehenge and Fishbourne Roman villa, these provide a rich teaching resource located within easy travelling distance from the University. Our archaeologists are currently working as far afield as the Caribbean and the Caucasus, on periods ranging from the Palaeolithic to the Second World War. Students have the opportunity to join staff on many of these research projects.
In the most recent Quality Assurance Agency audit of university Archaeology teaching, we were one of only four departments to be awarded the maximum 24/24 grade. We have 'Registered Organisation' status within the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and two of our flagship courses are accredited by CiFA and UAUK (University Archaeology UK). This recognises our emphasis on vocational, practical skills and the high quality of the teaching/training we offer.
Anthropology shares with Archaeology an interest in material culture, from both past and present. It also includes social anthropology, which focusses on cultural development and change through time up to the present day, and biological anthropology, which studies the physical aspects of humanity, including the evolution of humans from their primate ancestors.
Our geographers have brought to the department their considerable expertise in both human and physical geography, with particular strengths in political and cultural geography, and hydrology.
Besides being able to do placements and join staff on their research in the field, there are wonderful volunteering opportunities for our students to enrich their course experience. Meet Tom (Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies graduate) and Chris (Geography student), who have been volunteering for the Winchester Heritage Open Days.
So much more to explore!
Recent virtual events
Winchester Heritage Open Days
We offered a fascinating range of virtual public events for Winchester Heritage Open Days 2020, coordinated by students on our MA Cultural Heritage and Resource Management (CHaRM). All events have been recorded and are available on the University's YouTube channel.
MA Cultural Heritage and Resource Management (CHaRM) student Charlotte Tindle interviewing former University of Winchester lecturer, archaeologist, author and BBC TV presenter Dr Alex Langlands for Winchester Heritage Open Days 2020
The English seaside: the archaeology of a holiday experience on the South Devon coast
Grab your bucket and spade and join a windswept Dr Niall Finneran for this webinar, part of the South Devon Rivers Discovery Project.
Meet the Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography team
- Dr Tom Ball, Reader in Geography (Physical)
- Dr Nick Thorpe, Principal Lecturer in Archaeology and Head of Department
- Dr Lisa Bernasek, Lecturer in Social Anthropology
- Dr Heidi Dawson-Hobbis, Lecturer in Biological Anthropology
- Dr Jen Dickinson, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
- Dr Paul Everill, Senior Lecturer in Applied Archaeological Techniques
- Dr Niall Finneran, Reader in Historical Archaeology and Heritage Studies
- Dr Darren Jeffers, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Physical and Environmental Geography
- Dr Monika Knul, Lecturer in Archaeological and Geographical Geomatics
- Dr Phil Marter, Senior Lecturer in Applied Archaeological Techniques
- Dr Simon Roffey, Reader in Medieval Archaeology
- Dr Katy Soar, Lecturer in Classical Archaeology
- Prof. Keith Wilkinson, Professor of Geoarchaeology
Other lecturing staff
- Jude Jones (Anthropology)
Research and Laboratory Staff
- David Ashby, Anthropology, Archaeology and Geography Laboratory Technician
Visiting Research/Knowledge Exchange Fellows
- Dr Robin Bendrey (University of Reading)
- Dr David Bomgardner
- Dr Clive Bond
- Anthea Boylston
- Dr Steven Cooke (Deakin University, Melbourne)
- Dr Ralph Haeussler
- Prof. David Lomitashvili (Deputy General Director of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia)
- David Mason
- Janet Owen
- Dr Lawrence Owens
- Dr Nick Stoodley
- Dr Kenneth Aitchison (Landward Research)
- Dr Julie Wileman
Our research and knowledge exchange
Current projects and research strengths
Biological anthropology research in southern England
National and international
Climate change, ecology, biodiversity, flood risk and catchment management projects:
Postgraduate research supervision
We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.
The University's flagship consultancy unit is ARCA, Archaeology's successful consultancy arm. Launched in March 2005, it carries out work locally as well as further afield, from Bristol to continental Europe. ARCA has particular expertise in geoarchaeology, geomatics and geophysics.
The department has dedicated specialist facilities and we are excellently equipped to undertake both fieldwork and laboratory-based projects.