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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29-08-2017 by Robyn Mason

Save the date! School of Archaeology Open Day 15th September 2017

The next University-wide Open Day for undergraduates will be held on Friday 15 September 2017. Students, parents and teachers are invited to spend a whole day in Oxford, attending events, talking to staff and students and getting answers to any questions which remain after examining prospectuses and websites. The School of Archaeology will be open to visitors from 10am to 3pm. You can register and see our programme of events here:

03-08-2017 by Robyn Mason

Highlights of the 2017 excavation season at Dorchester on Thames

The training excavation run by the School of Archaeology and Oxford Archaeology ran this summer from June 25th to July 21st 2017, continuing a ten year project to understand the Roman settlement now covered by allotments in the village of Dorchester on Thames. 


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06-07-2017 by Reception User

HEIR project in 'Current Archaeology' article

The Historic Environment Image Resource (HEIR) Project, directed by Sally Crawford and Katharina Ulmschneider, was discussed in the June issue (number 327) of Current Archaeology.

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28-06-2017 by Reception User

Online hillforts atlas maps all 4,147 in Britain and Ireland for the first time

Dotted across the landscape of Britain and Ireland, hillforts have been part of our story for millennia. Now launched for the first time is a new online atlas that captures all of their locations and key details in one resource, see

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21-06-2017 by Robyn Mason

Open Days at the School of Archaeology, 28th & 29th June 2017

This summer's Open Days will be taking place at our newest buildings at No. 1. South Parks Road. We look forward to seeing you there from 11am next Wednesday 28th or Thursday 29th June. 

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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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