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Follow the Archaeology Field School 2020 live-blog

Posted on: 7 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Two students digging

Sadly the issues around managing COVID-19 meant that we could not return to Norton Priory in June, and still could not do so as the new academic year started in October. However, Dr Rob Philpott and Professor Harold Mytum planned some alternative venues and a range of activities so that the students did not start their second year without getting at least a bit dirty and initiated into the mysteries of field archaeology.


Podcast: Uncovering the biology of the past with Professor Keith Dobney

Posted on: 28 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Keith and Ardern

Listen to Professor Keith Dobney talk with Professor Nick Enfield (Director of the University of Sydney’s Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre) about research into past-human-animal relationships.


Welcome to Liverpool! 5 tips for Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology students new to University of Liverpool

Posted on: 26 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Students in object handling session in The Garstang Museum of Archaeology

Welcome week runs from 28 September – 2 October 2020 and is set to be a little different this year, however there are still tons of events and tools that you can use to interact with the department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology (ACE) and get to know the University of Liverpool as a new student. Here are 5 tips for ACE students during Welcome Week to help you get settled in and enjoying university life from week one.


Formby Footprints

Posted on: 1 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

A footprint on Formby Beach

The footprints at Formby provide an intimate glimpse into the past. Scrutiny of them tells us so much about the activities of ancient coastal communities in the northwest of England. The footprints formed while this region was made up of muddy salt-marshes. These salt-marshes flourished on and off across a period extending some ~8000 years.


Discovery of an ancient hearth at Formby

Posted on: 21 August 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The sands of Formby Beach

Dr Ardern Hulme-Beaman was recently thrilled to discover an ancient hearth hidden in the sands of Formby Beach alongside millennia-old footprints. Learn about the details of the discovery and view the SketchFab scans of the finds.


Harold Mytum talks about graveyards at the Council for British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology

Posted on: 21 July 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Harold Mytum helping a community group with their graveyard recording

With the coronavirus restrictions, the CBA’s annual Festival of Archaeology is a digital event this year, running from the 9th July. Other ‘normal’ activities are to take place, all being well, in November. As part of this event, Professor Harold Mytum has given two lectures on graveyards and cemeteries, and the monuments in these important heritage sites found all across Britain and Ireland.


The Hunt for Cleopatra's Tomb

Posted on: 16 July 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Glenn Godenho records audio for The Hunt for Cleopatra's Tomb

Early last year, a TV production company dropped me a line, inviting me to present a documentary on ‘The Hunt for Cleopatra’s Tomb’ (to be aired tonight (Thursday 16th July) at 9pm on Channel 5). The opportunity to get back to Egypt, and pure curiosity, got the better of me, so I decided to get involved.


Frank Sidebottom comes to ACE

Posted on: 22 June 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Frank Sidebottom, photographed by David J Arnold

Not all archaeology is ancient, and the Photogrammetry Team in the Department of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool have collaborated with Manchester’s Archives+ and 11:37 Enterprises to digitally preserve the iconic head of Frank Sidebottom, the alter-ego of comedian and musician Chris Sievey.


Barking Up the Right Tree - Updates from Deep Roots

Posted on: 16 June 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Miombo woodland, northern Zambia

Professor Larry Barham provides a fantastic update from the 'Deep Roots' project, and the award of Endangered Material Knowledge Programme funding for research into the archaeological use of bark. Professor Barham and his team's four year project investigates the deep roots of increasingly complex human behaviour in Africa, with excavations at key sites in Zambia.


Conversations in Human Evolution

Posted on: 26 May 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Conversations in Human Evolution student blog logo.

Archaeology PhD student Lucy Timbrell tells us about Conversations in Human Evolution - her new public engagement initiative aimed at highlighting and exploring the diversity of human evolution studies, through fun and educational interview-style blog posts.


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    Follow the Archaeology Field School 2020 live-blog

    Two students digging

    Posted on: 7 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

    Sadly the issues around managing COVID-19 meant that we could not return to Norton Priory in June, and still could not do so as the new academic year started in October. However, Dr Rob Philpott and Professor Harold Mytum planned some alternative venues and a range of activities so that the students did not start their second year without getting at least a bit dirty and initiated into the mysteries of field archaeology.


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