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.
Ancient History focuses on the history of ancient Greece and Rome, on its leading figures and on the political, social, and economic realities of life in Athens or the Roman Empire. Archaeology looks to answer the most fundamental questions about human life; rom our emergence as a species, to understanding the rise and fall of civilisations. Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations allows you to combine training in the latest archaeological techniques and methods with the culture, society and history of key civilisations. 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. 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. 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.
Evolutionary Anthropology BA (Hons)
I chose Evolutionary Anthropology because it covers a broad range of things that I was interested in. You’ve got evolution, psychology, anatomy – it’s just everything. You have seminars, group discussions, and also practical lab sessions. I also do societies. For example, there’s a flint knapping society that one of the technicians set up, where you go after hours to one of the labs and make stone tools like our ancestors did. It’s a really tight-knit community that is enjoyable to be a part of.