About the Department

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One of Europe’s most respected Archaeology departments, we are at the leading edge of modern day Archaeology. Our unique approach to archaeological research draws upon the integrated strengths of the humanities, natural and physical sciences.

World Archaeology: Made in Sheffield

At Sheffield, you will find a dynamic and vibrant international community of archaeologists, committed to exploring the past and answering the big questions that help shape our future.

We are a world class Archaeology department, top 50 in the world (QS World University Rankings® 2019) . Our staff are internationally engaged and our research has a wide reach and influence.

The Department was established in 1976 and has played a leading role in the development of archaeology as a modern discipline.

A well-resourced and thriving department of Archaeology, we have a large number of permanent staff and a vibrant community of post-doctoral researchers in addition to attracting visiting staff and students from all over the globe.

We inspire our students to explore and excel in a climate of academic excellence, innovative teaching, and world-class research conducted in the UK, Europe and beyond. We’re one of Britain’s foremost Archaeology departments but Sheffield is no ivory tower university – and archaeology is a subject where academics and students alike famously get their hands dirty.

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Teaching and Research

At Sheffield, we successfully combine global partnerships and work with local communities to produce world-leading research which has a real, positive impact.

We offer a range of undergraduate courses and one of the largest portfolios of postgraduate taught, research-track and vocational-track archaeology degrees of any UK university. Our research-led teaching integrates humanities and science-based approaches to studying the human past.

Like our graduates, our research has come to characterise modern archaeological practice both in academia and in wider professional practice. Our areas of expertise and research strength include Prehistoric Europe, Classical Antiquity, and Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain. In addition, Landscape and Funerary Archaeology, Material Culture Studies, Bioarchaeology and the Archaeology of the Mediterranean are areas of research excellence.

We collaborate with colleagues and communities across the globe, sharing the insights of our academics with local communities and the wider world through a programme of public events.

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The Archaeology Department is situated very close to the main campus and a short distance from Sheffield's city centre.  The Department has world-class reference collections and facilities to support teaching, learning and research in a range of archaeological disciplines.  Facilities include study areas for research students, social space and specialist laboratories.