About this course
Discover how human civilisations evolved, and why people and societies have changed over time. Through the latest techniques and technologies, you'll investigate how our ancestors lived, from the earliest human origins, to Neolithic Britain and Ancient Egypt. You could look into climate change at the end of the last ice age or what the chemical composition of human bones can tell us about diet during the medieval period.
Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains, such as:
Whether in the laboratory or on a dig, you'll develop transferable skills by exploring questions about people in the past and in the present.
On this course, you'll focus on scientific methods and techniques, with options including:
studying human and animal bones
physics and chemistry of archaeological material
laboratory techniques for dating
You'll learn through research-led projects and practical field experience. You'll do a minimum of 3 weeks’ fieldwork as part of an active research project. This could include:
excavating archaeological sites
recording a standing building
conducting geophysical surveys
collecting archaeological material from ploughed fields
We have a purpose-built archaeology building, equipped with the latest science-based laboratories. Here, you'll gain hands-on experience with archaeological artefacts and materials, and receive the practical training needed for a career in archaeology.
We’re also offering up to 10 bursaries of £1000 each to incoming students (subject to criteria). These are from the Terry Mason Bursary and the University of Southampton Archaeology Bursary Fund.
This course is based at Avenue, Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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