The University of Southampton
ArchaeologyPart of Humanities



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. Southampton Archaeology was ranked third in the UK for research impact, recognising the role that our research plays in enhancing the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life of people in the UK and internationally.

Our work included protecting maritime coastal heritage globally, influencing policy and management of prehistoric landscapes in the UK, and supporting policy and business development in the context of Roman archaeology in Italy. Our archaeologists make a significant impact on how the past is recorded and presented, this in turn enhances the economic and cultural life of millions, and how it will be preserved for the future.

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.  

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. 

New archaeology building
New archaeology building

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