Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography

Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography at the University of Winchester: Geoarchaeologist Prof. Keith Wilkinson carrying out landscape survey in Greece

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.

Archaeology

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.

Archaeology at Winchester: aerial view of students working at an excavation

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

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.

Anthropology and Archaeology at Winchester: two early hominin skull casts

Geography

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.

Extracurricular opportunities

Besides being able to do exciting placements and join staff on their research in the field, there are wonderful volunteering opportunities for our students to enrich their course experience. Meet our students and graduates who have been volunteering for the Winchester Heritage Open Days.

So much more to explore!

Social media

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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.

Student engagement at the University of Winchester: MA student Charlotte Tindle interviewing former UoW lecturer, archaeologist, author and BBC TV presenter Dr Alex Langlands for Winchester Heritage Open Days 2020

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

Watch the interview with Dr Alex Langlands

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.

Subject videos

Student blogs

Meet the Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography team

Academic team

Other lecturing staff

Emeritus Professors

Research and Laboratory Staff

  • David Ashby, Anthropology, Archaeology and Geography Laboratory Technician

Our research and knowledge exchange

Current projects and research strengths

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.

Find out everything you need to know about studying for a postgraduate research degree at Winchester.

Contract research

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.

Find out more about ARCA.

Research facilities

The department has dedicated specialist facilities and we are excellently equipped to undertake both fieldwork and laboratory-based projects.

Explore our state-of-the-art facilities.