Scientific analyses of archaeological remains are today answering some of humankind’s most fundamental questions, from the climate change and the origins of agriculture, to the health implications of our ancestors’ diets and the economy of metals in early empires. If you want to learn the skills required to join this vibrant area of scholarship, the Archaeology BSc will train you in scientific methods used at the forefront of many important discoveries.
Taught by world-leading researchers in materials analysis, bioarchaeology and environmental reconstruction, this degree provides you with experience of the key issues and methods in archaeological science. As with the Archaeology BA, this degree programme will also provide you with a fundamental understanding of archaeological methods and theory combined with the study of the archaeology of specific geographical areas and chronological periods.
Programme in detail
Year One modules provide students with a broad introduction to both archaeological methods and the archaeology of particular times and places around the world (including Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa and Europe).
Years Two and Three build on this foundation, introducing specialist modules that provide training in key concepts and techniques from the inorganic (eg metals, glass, pottery) and organic (eg human and animal bones, plants, DNA) archaeological evidence.
You will also gain knowledge of key issues and discoveries in the archaeology of many parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. This programme has an archaeological fieldwork (and/or museum-based experience) requirement that totals four weeks. Year One fieldwork usually consists of participation in a departmentorganised training project for two weeks. In Year Two, students are placed on an appropriate excavation or relevant professional experience. Currently there are departmental research projects in Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Zambia as well as the UK.
Archaeological fieldwork can be physically demanding, and requires an ability to undertake certain tasks (such as walking, carrying/using tools and equipment). We are committed to supporting students and considering barriers to participation.
On request, we discuss reasonable adjustments to enable participation for disabled students, and can provide alternative options as appropriate.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
80 Year One undergraduates in 2018
UK league tables
Ranked 5th for Archaeology in the Complete University Guide (2020)
93% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17)
Ranked 5th for Archaeology and Egyptology for world-leading 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 (THE 2014)
Why this subject?
Bring theory to life
At Liverpool our teaching is not just paper-based; we have campus facilities that allow you to experience hands-on activities to complement your studies. You’ll be taught in our Garstang Museum of Archaeology, which holds over 40,000 artefacts, including collections from Egypt, the Aegean, Sudan, the Middle East and Great Britain. You’ll use specialised archaeological facilities in our Archaeological Research Laboratories as well as our awardwinning Central Teaching Laboratories where you’ll find equipment and material for scientific analysis and a dedicated space for flint-knapping and cave-painting.
Benefit from the unique breadth of our programmes
You’ll work alongside staff who are experts in their chosen field and have developed degree programmes that fully immerse you in the subject by studying the world from human origins right through to the civilisations of Greece, Rome, the Near East and Egypt.
You can either choose to focus on a particular culture or period, or gain a broader training that combines ancient civilisations. Alongside this, you will also have the opportunity to explore a number of ancient languages: Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Greek, Latin, Coptic, Sumerian and Akkadian
Surround yourself with academic excellence
You’ll be studying in one of the largest and wellestablished departments of its kind in the world, with a community of 35 full-time academic staff all engaged in internationally recognised research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Archaeology and Egyptology staff were ranked 5th in the UK for world-leading research.
Our staff specialisms include ‘Greek and Roman Literature and Culture’, ‘Ancient History’, ‘Mediterranean Archaeology’, ‘British Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology’, ‘Human Evolution (Evolutionary Anthropology)’, ‘African Archaeology’, ‘Near Eastern Archaeology’ and ‘Egyptology’ (we have the largest grouping of Egyptologists in the UK).
Fulfil your potential in a supportive environment
With our extensive staff expertise, we support you in every aspect of your learning. As you move through your programme of study, we work with you to encourage you to play to your strengths and to specialise in aspects and approaches that interest you most, whether historical, archaeological, literary or linguistic.