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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: Q810
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

We offer you the opportunity to engage in research-led teaching across a wide range of civilisations and languages spanning five million years, in an academically inspiring environment. In a department with a heritage dating back to the 1880s, one of the largest teaching and research museums in the UK, and with access to award-winning teaching facilities, our staff will not only teach you the foundations of their research specialisms, but challenge and guide you through your studies to foster independent learning, and encourage you to specialise in what interests you most.

The return of the Garstang Mummy

Our Garstang Museum of Archaeology has recently taken back possession of its Garstang Mummy after more than 70 years.

The Mummy lived in Egypt around 3,500 years ago but very little is known about him, other than that he is a male who died in his 20s and, through examination of his teeth, that he held a relatively high status. He has been kept in the University’s Department of Anatomy since being relocated in 1941 to avoid the blitz.

The Museum holds an important collection of antiquities, reflecting the long history of archaeology at the University. This significantly enhances students’ experience through object-based teaching and the development of employability skills through curator-supervised structured internships. In addition, our links with regional museums provide additional student placement opportunities; Liverpool students who have benefited from this experience have been notably successful in securing posts in UK museums.

Watch our video of the Garstang Mummy coming home and find out more about the Garstang Museum.

Which degree

Ancient History focuses on the history of ancient Greece and Rome, on its leading figures like Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar, and, more importantly, on the political, social, and economic realities of life in Athens or the Roman Empire. The programme challenges what you know about Classical Antiquity by questioning the reliability of our sources and by uncovering the origins of biases held by individual ancient authors. We help you understand the complexities of the Greco-Roman world and help you acquire the necessary skills to interpret the literary and documentary evidence (papyri, inscriptions, coins) on your own.

Archaeology at Liverpool answers the most fundamental questions about human life; from our emergence as a species, the first villages, through the rise of civilisations, to the long-term consequences of our past actions.

Liverpool has a long-standing reputation as one of the UK’s leading Archaeology departments and is ranked 5th in the UK for world-leading research. The breadth of our expertise ranges from Human Evolution to the Industrial Revolution.

Our Archaeology BA programme will provide you with the tools to investigate our past from the emergence of our species until the 20th century. You can investigate the major social, economic, religious and technological developments in human history from Britain to South Africa and Spain to China, and learn how to carry out archaeological excavation and survey, study human, animal and plant remains, and art and artefacts. Acquiring skills using cutting-edge methods in archaeological science, our Archaeology BSc programme puts you at the forefront of world-changing discoveries. For the archaeology of Egypt, the Mediterranean and the Near East, our Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations programme allows you to combine training in the latest archaeological techniques and methodology with the archaeology, culture, society and history of the key civilisations of ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome and the Near East. Some of the most important questions about our species are tackled in our Evolutionary Anthropology programme. This unique, multidisciplinary programme is based on the study of three major areas of evolutionary anthropology – the archaeology of human evolution, palaeoanthropology and anatomy, and primatology.

Studying Classics and Classical Studies  offers you the chance to explore some of the world’s finest literature and to investigate the histories, cultures and societies of Greece and Rome. A rich variety of material – literary and documentary texts, painting and sculpture, complex archaeological sites – reveals a world of poets, historians, artists, politicians, emperors, priests, administrators, slaves, soldiers, aristocrats and ordinary men and women. It is a world of lasting cultural importance, and understanding the ambitions, beliefs and lives of its people enriches understanding of your own world and of what it is to be human. Teaching is hands-on: you might read texts directly from carved inscriptions or papyri, or handle artefacts in our Garstang Museum, or help stage a Greek tragedy.

Egyptology encompasses the study of the entirety of a past civilisation, integrating scattered and disparate sources of evidence in order to understand the nature of this early complex society. We offer the most rounded Egyptological training available at undergraduate level in the UK; we study in equal depth both the archaeology and literature of Ancient Egypt, with modules covering such diverse subjects as: art, materials and technology; historiography; urbanism; social life; religion;  death; and many more.  We offer a full suite of training in many stages of the Ancient Egyptian language (Old, Middle, and Late Egyptian, and Coptic), allowing our students to read in the Ancient Egyptians’ own words what if felt like to live in their society. This kind of study of an entire civilization  also provides a wide range of transferable analytical skills essential for analysing all human societies, past and present.We are the largest department teaching Egyptology in Europe, with six staff, all engaged in teaching and cutting-edge research in the field. This means we can offer a breadth of teaching unparalleled at undergraduate level in the UK, with high-level training provided in both the language and the material culture of Ancient Egypt. Liverpool has taught Egyptology for over a century, and we have an excellent library and museum resources to support our teaching. This includes our in-house collection in the Garstang Museum, as well as the objects in the Liverpool World Museum, both of which we use throughout our teaching. Together these collections comprise the largest grouping of Ancient Egyptian objects in the UK outside the Southeast. We run an extensive range of ongoing excavations in Egypt, and have a thriving research culture, including a full suite of postgraduate Egyptology programmes.

Beth Lawrence

Beth Lawrence

Ancient History BA (Hons)

The department is so supportive and I’ve been able to get to know nearly everyone on my course and also the staff, so when it came to choosing my dissertation, I already knew who I would work best with. I’m considering a career in retail management because I really feel that the course, along with the things I’ve got involved in outside of it, have prepared me for a management role, for instance, independent reading, choosing your own essay subject, being able to analyse a piece of work.

Department map reference

146, 147, 253, E3, B8

Department Home Page

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/archaeology-classics-and-egyptology/