News and Announcements

A list of recent news and announcements from the School of Archaeology, together with further information and external links (where applicable) is available on this page.  If you are have an archaeology-related news item and would like it displayed here, then please e-mail webupdates@arch.ox.ac.uk

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06-04-2018 by Robyn Mason

Download this app to help archaeologists explore the origins of Easter & the Easter Bunny

A multidisciplinary team, including members of the Palaeobarn team at the School of Archaeology, have developed an app 'Ancient Animals' as part of their AHRC funded project Exploring the Easter E.g.: Shifting Baselines and Changing Perceptions of Cultural and Biological “Aliens".

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16-03-2018 by Robyn Mason

Oldest DNA from Africa offers clues to mysterious ancient culture

Ancient DNA extracted from 15,000 year old human burials in Morocco show genetic profiles implying substantial Near Eastern and sub-Saharan African-related ancestries (63.5% and 36.5%, respectively). This is so far the oldest human DNA evidence from Africa and provides genomic evidence for contacts between North Africa and the Near East, as well as areas south of the Sahara, long before the Neolithic transition (which occurred at least four millennia later).

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07-03-2018 by Robyn Mason

Hillfort atlas wins industry recognition at international conference

A School of Archaeology research project mapping all the hillforts across England and Ireland, has been lauded by industry leaders at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference, Austin, Texas, as one of the best examples of multidisciplinary research in the UK. 

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05-03-2018 by Robyn Mason

No. 1 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

The School of Archaeology is delighted to share the news that, for the second year in a row, Oxford has been ranked number one in the world for archaeology. QS Top Universities measure metrics including academic peer review, teaching commitment, research impact and employer confidence in the gradautes of the institution. 

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28-02-2018 by Robyn Mason

From Past to Present, Natural Cosmetics Unwrapped

Over the last two years, a multidisciplinary team led by Dr Thibaut Devièse from the School of Archaeology and in collaboration with Dr Szu Shen Wong from Keele University and Dr Jane Draycott from the University of Glasgow has been studying the evolution of ancient skincare products over time.

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26-02-2018 by Robyn Mason

Dr Malafouris awarded ERC grant for 'Handmade: Understanding Creative Gesture in Pottery Making'

Dr. Lambros Malafouris, School of Archaeology at Oxford, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council Consolidator Grant for his project Handmade: Understanding Creative Gesture in Pottery Making. 

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23-02-2018 by Erin McGowan

The Donkey in Human History

Congratulations to Peter Mitchell on the publication of his new book, The Donkey in Human History. Spanning the globe and extending from the donkey's initial domestication up to the present, the book seeks to resituate the donkey (and its hybrid offspring such as the mule) in the unfolding of human history, looking not just at what donkeys and mules did, but also at how people have thought about and understood them. 

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16-02-2018 by Administrator

Newton International Fellowships

The School of Archaeology is welcoming applications for the British Academy/Royal Society’s Newton International Fellowship Scheme (sponsor closing date Tuesday 27th March 2018, internal deadline Tuesday 13th March 2018).  

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30-01-2018 by Robyn Mason

Prof Mark Pollard receives the Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

The School of Archaeology is proud to announce that the Archaeological Institute of America has named Prof Mark Pollard of RLAHA as the recipient of the 2018 Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology.

 

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12-12-2017 by Reception User

Launch of SIBA (Stone Interchanges in the Bahama archipelago) web pages

The AHRC-funded SIBA project focuses on exotic stone artefacts imported into the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands between AD 700-1500, exploring their provenance through both traditional (EPMA/SEM) and novel geo-chemical techniques (laser ablation; Sr-Nd-Pb isotope analyses), as well as iconographic studies. 

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