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Archaeology

Archaeology students working at an excavation site with wheelbarrows and spades
Develop the skills to explore our human past, so we can understand how we live today. The courses we offer cover areas from maritime archaeology to bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology and heritage management.

On our archaeology courses, you’ll carry out fieldwork including excavations at sites in the UK or abroad. Learn the latest theories and techniques and explore underwater archaeology with our scientific diving module. Opportunities to study overseas give you the chance to immerse yourself in other cultures. At master’s level, specialise in the areas that interest you and apply for heritage work placements to boost your career.

5th
in the UK for forensic science and archaeology
We lead the world’s largest maritime archaeology project
£3m purpose-built archaeology facilities
Excavations at UNESCO World Heritage sites

Archaeology courses

If you're considering studying archaeology with us choose from a range of undergraduate and master's degrees. Make an original research contribution with our popular PhD programme.

Undergraduate courses

Study spaces and facilities

Study highlights

Our research makes a difference

Our people

I study maritime archaeology to see what ships can tell us about innovation and social change. I'm also interested in the ethics of deepwater archaeology.
Professor of Archaeology
My focus is on human skeletons. I'm interested in learning about the human body to understand things like migration, diet and social structures of the past.
Prof of Bioarch'logy and Bio Anthroplgy

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University of Southampton, University Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ
We're open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, UK time.
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