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ArchaeologyPart of Humanities


Archaeology at Southampton has superb new laboratories and is ideally located for some of the country's most important archaeological sites.

Archaeology building

Archaeology has recently moved into new £3m purpose-built facilities. The three storey building is equipped with state of the art laboratories providing space for teaching and research, and housing reference collections, technical equipment and laboratories. This emphasis on providing science-based laboratories allows students to gain extensive practical experience with archaeological materials as part of their training and research.

The Nick Bradford laboratory is a dedicated undergraduate facility, with space for 40 students. We have additional dedicated laboratories and teaching spaces for ceramics and lithics, computation, Palaeolithic archaeology, maritime archaeology and osteoarchaeology. As one of the few purpose-built archaeology buildings in the country, Southampton's new archaeology building not only has its own laboratories, but also lecture rooms, seminar rooms and other teaching spaces, all using state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology.

Highlights of the new building include the 2.5 metre standing stone (megalithic) sculpture created by the artist Gary Breeze, and a pair of paintings by Brian Graham.

State-of-the-art technology
State-of-the-art technology


Southampton is ideally located to visit some of the most important archaeological sites in Britain such as Bath, Stonehenge, Avebury, Maiden Castle, Corfe Castle, and Southampton itself. It is a lively, modern port city with excellent links to London, the New Forest, the Isle of Wight and the Dorset coast.

The city also has a rich archaeological, architectural and maritime heritage. Its attractions include some remains of the medieval city, a civic art gallery, Championship football and county cricket.

New archaeology building
New archaeology building
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