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Understanding archaeology in its social, cultural and political context

Our research is global in scope of exceptional quality; in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 100% of our research environment and 73% of our research was ranked world leading and internationally excellent.

We place theoretical reflection at the heart of everything we do and are committed to the understanding of archaeology as a practice in its social, cultural and political context. Drawing on the many significant interdisciplinary links across the University of Southampton (including the National Oceanography Centre; Engineering; Electronics and Computer Science; Winchester School of Art; Natural and Environmental Sciences), we focus on the integration of empirical and scientific data on the one hand, and a range of interpretive issues and fundamental social and cultural questions on the other.

Archaeology at Southampton has a broad range of research interests and the research summaries collected on these pages offer a taste of our recent and current work.

Joining the debate

Our seminars are open to academics, students and the general public.

Spanning a range of interests

Find out more about our academics and their areas of expertise.

Breaking new ground

Our research projects focus on a range of themes, from classical and historical archaeology through maritime archaeology, and beyond.

Centres of research

We have a number of major research centres in Archaeology, engaged in international and cutting edge research.

Cutting-edge facilities

Archaeology's £3m state of the art premises is one of the few purpose-built archaeology buildings in the country. 

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