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Understanding archaeology in its social, cultural and political context

Our research is global in scope and of exceptional quality; in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008) we achieved a ranking of fifth in the UK.

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, 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 only represent a small proportion 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.

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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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