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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The 4th Workshop of Biological Anthropologists

The School of Archaeology, in association with the Advanced Core Research Centre for History of Human Ecology in the North (Hokaidai, Japan), will host a one-day conference on bioarchaeology this Friday 13th January (10am-6pm) at the Institute of Archaeology on Beaumont Street. See the programme below. 

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16-12-2016 by Robyn Mason

EAMENA project awarded £1.6 million, as a Cultural Protection Fund project

Archaeologists, led by the University of Oxford’s School of Archaeology, are to fly out to three bases in the Middle East and North Africa to train local professionals on how to identify and assess threats to cultural heritage sites, using aerial and satellite images. The British Council in partnership with the UK government’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has awarded £1.6 million, as a Cultural Protection Fund project, to create a team from Oxford, Leicester and Durham Universities to work in the region training local archaeologists to protect archaeological sites. 

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05-12-2016 by Robyn Mason

A make-over for the Institute archives leads to unexpected new discoveries

Last month an industrious team of staff and volunteers took on the momentous task of removing, reorganising and rehoming the archives into new rolling stacks in the basement of the Institute.  Jacquetta Hawkes, Jerusalem, WWII and Stuart Pigggot all feature in this tale of archaeological spring-cleaning.

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02-11-2016 by Robyn Mason

2016 Field trip to the Ridgeway

Dr Rick Schulting and Dr John Pouncett led a group of students from the School of Archaeology on a fieldtrip last Saturday morning to the Ridgeway, Oxfordshire. Highlights of the day included Wayland's Smithy and the White Horse at Uffington, followed by a hearty lunch at the Fox and Hounds public house. 

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20-10-2016 by Administrator

The Higgs Bison: mystery species hidden in cave art

Ancient DNA research has revealed that Ice Age cave artists recorded a previously unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in great detail on cave walls more than 15,000 years ago. The mystery species, known affectionately by the researchers as the Higgs Bison because of its elusive nature, originated over 120,000 years ago through the hybridisation of the extinct Aurochs (the ancestor of modern cattle) and the Ice Age Steppe Bison, which ranged across the cold grasslands from Europe to Mexico.

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10-10-2016 by Administrator

Ancient Britons' teeth reveal people were 'highly mobile' 4,000 years ago

Archaeologists have created a new database from the teeth of prehistoric humans found at ancient burial sites in Britain and Ireland that tell us a lot about their climate, their diet and even how far they may have travelled. In a paper, led by Dr Maura Pellegrini from the University of Oxford, researchers say that individuals in prehistoric Britain were highly mobile.

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12-08-2016 by Administrator

Greenland shark revealed to have longest life expectancy of all vertebrates

An international team of scientists led by the University of Copenhagen and including the University of Oxford has found that the Greenland shark has a life expectancy of at least 272 years. This discovery shows it is the longest living vertebrate known to science, exceeding even bowhead whales, turtles and tortoises. The findings are published in latest issue of the journal, Science

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28-07-2016 by Administrator

Day of Archaeology

The EngLaId (‘English Landscapes and Identities’) project, headed by Prof. Chris Gosden of the School of Archaeology, is taking part in the virtual ‘Day of Archaeology 2016’, on Friday 29th July.  The Day of Archaeology, promoted by NEARCH, in which Chris Gosden is a collaborator, is an international project to share the day-to-day experiences of archaeologists across the world with members of the public, to promote awareness of and interest in the discipline. All those who are working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world are invited to participate.

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07-07-2016 by Administrator

Innovation of Stone Age humans 'not linked with climate change'

Environmental records obtained from archaeological sites where there are Middle Stone Age deposits are the subject of the study published in the journal, PLOS ONE.  Patrick Roberts from the University of Oxford, and colleagues, find that the Middle Stone Age marked a period of dramatic change amongst early humans in southern Africa.

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27-06-2016 by Administrator

HEIR receives an OxTALENT 2016 award

The Historic Environment Image Resource team led by Dr Sally Crawford, Dr Katharina Ulmschneider and Dr Janice Kinory is delighted to have received an award at the OxTALENT 2016 'Celebrating the Digital' competition for their HEIR tagger crowdsourcing platform and mobile app.

'The judges commended the engaging, simple design and ease of use of HEIRtagger and noted the impact of the project both for researchers and the public.'
HEIR is featured in the Outreach and Public Engagement - Harnessing the Power of the Crowd category.

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