Our archaeological research is focused in three key groups:
We work on archaeological research projects around the world, including Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, West Africa, Kenya, Zambia and the UK.
Our research groups and a number of post-doctoral positions have received major funding support from prestigious bodies such as the British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, English Heritage and National Geographic.
To maximise the impact of our research we seek to:
- Ensure awareness of our field projects among local groups, the media and a global public to deepen understanding of the past and its significance; to raise awareness of local monuments, heritage and landscape and to leave a lasting legacy of these projects
- Contribute to the UK education sector and internationally through project websites, briefing teachers on developments in subject areas relevant to the National Curriculum, and providing Visitor Centres with educational materials
- Develop exhibitions featuring our staff and postgraduate research with local museum partners, and through our own Victoria Gallery & Museum and Garstang Museum
- Reach a global audience through development of temporary and permanent exhibitions in international museums.
We pursue these goals through collaboration on exhibitions with institutions such as the following:
- National Museums Liverpool
- British Academy
- Ashmolean Museum
- National Museums Northern Ireland
- Natural History Museum (UK)
- British Institute at Ankara (Turkey)
- Konya Museums (Turkey)
- Fethiye Museum (Turkey)
- German Archaeological Institute (Germany)
- Max Planck Institute (Germany)
- Smithsonian Institution (USA)
- University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (USA)
- Israel Museum
- National Museums Kenya.
Our research benefits public bodies and institutions in the commercial, archaeological and heritage sectors including:
- English Heritage
- Manx National Heritage
- Dyfed Archaeological Trust
- Diocese of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Catholic Church.
Field projects and summer schools
We have developed summer schools for GCSE history teachers incorporating our research on the Celts and we engage with the media to create significant interest in our work, particularly in our field projects in: