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

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21-06-2017 by Robyn Mason

Alumni, staff and students gather to celebrate Prof Mark Robinson on his retirement

On Friday members of the School of Archaeology, past and present, came together at St Peter's College to honour and celebrate Prof Mark Robinson who is retiring from teaching at the School. It was wonderful to see so many alumni attend his party and to hear Professor Richard Bradley, Professor Nick Barton, Professor Julia Lee-Thorpe and Dr Lisa Lodwick give such thoughtful speeches about how much Mark has meant to them, the School and the wider environmental archaeology community. We wish Mark all the best in his next endeavours and are happy to know that he isn't gong too far.

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19-06-2017 by Reception User

Dame Professor Jessica Rawson To Be Awarded the Charles Lang Freer Medal

Renowned art historian, author, academic administrator and curator Dame Professor Jessica Rawson will be awarded the Charles Lang Freer Medal for her lifetime work in Chinese art and archeology. The medal will be presented to the noted British scholar in a private ceremony in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Oct. 28.

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16-06-2017 by Robyn Mason

Dr Dan Hicks has been awarded the Rivers Memorial Medal for 2017

The Royal Anthropological Institute announced this week that Dr Dan Hicks, Associate Professor and Curator in Archaeology, has been awarded the Rivers Memorial Medal for 2017, one of the highest honours in Anthropology and Archaeology. 

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06-06-2017 by Reception User

Ancient grain tells the tale of our ancestors’ cities

A study published in Nature Plants sheds new light on the agricultural and political economy that underpinned the growth of some of the world’s oldest cities in Mesopotamia, in present-day northern Syria.

The researchers, led by a team from the University of Oxford, used stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of charred ancient grains to reconstruct the conditions under which crops grew, building up a picture of how farming practice changed over time.

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06-06-2017 by Reception User

8th Bone Diagenesis Meeting, 12-16 September 2017

We are delighted to welcome you back to Oxford for the 8th Bone Diagenesis Meeting, 12-16 September 2017. Diagenesis cuts across all disciplines that study the past. Our aims in this workshop are to develop a better understanding of the pathways of post-mortem alteration in calcified tissues and overcome the challenges this poses.

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25-04-2017 by Reception User

Helena Hamerow and colleagues have been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant

‘Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: The Bioarchaeology of an Agricultural Revolution’ (FeedSax).

This four-year project aims to understand the timing and nature of the huge increase in cereal production that enabled the population of England (and much of Europe) to boom between the ninth and twelfth centuries, fuelling the growth of towns and markets. 

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20-04-2017 by Robyn Mason

GAO fieldtrip to Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral

The GAO (Graduate Archaeology at Oxford) society organised a very successful fieldtrip to Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral this Easter. Sarum looked glorious in the April sunshine and at Salisbury the graudates were taken behind the scenes, climbing up the Cathedral tower to marvel at the medieval engineering. 


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16-03-2017 by Administrator

Stone Age tools and animal bones in Tunisia are ‘clues to an early human corridor’

Researchers have found animal bones and stone tools on the margins of a dried-up giant lake in Tunisia, which they suggest are evidence of early human activity. They believe the shores of Chotts megalake may have formed an early corridor across the Sahara for the dispersal of Homo sapiens and other animals from Sub-Saharan Africa between 200,000 to 10,000 years ago.

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15-03-2017 by Robyn Mason

Book release: Ark of Civilization. Refugee Scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945

Hot off the press: Ark of Civilization. Refugee Scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945, edited by the School of Archaeology's Dr Sally Crawford, Dr Katharina Ulmschneider, and Dr Jaś Elsner of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. 

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14-03-2017 by Administrator

Rick Schulting and colleagues have received a British Academy Small Research Grant

The darker angels of our nature: a butchered prehistoric human bone assemblage from Charterhouse Warren, Somerset, England. Rick Schulting and colleagues have received a British Academy Small Research Grant for the study of an unusual Early Bronze Age human skeletal assemblage.

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