Classical & Archaeological Studies examines the textual and material evidence for a wide cross-section of the ancient world and includes three convergent research and teaching pathways: ancient history, classical literature, and archaeology. Many core areas in the investigation of the ancient world can be studied with us at postgraduate level.
Classical & Archaeological Studies operates as a department of the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), and there are corresponding opportunities for a high level of interdisciplinary interaction (five modern languages, philosophy, theology and religious studies and comparative literature), in addition to the informal links with staff in the rest of the University researching medieval history, the history of science, and social anthropology. We have good partnerships with high-profile universities and organisations such as the Universities of Ghent and Lille 3, the Flemish Heritage Institute, UCLA, the Free University of Amsterdam and the VUB (Brussels).
The MA in the Archaeology of the Transmanche is similar to the MA in Archaeology, but has a regional focus on the rich archaeological record of southern and eastern England and north-west Europe, especially through the first millennia BC and AD. There are many similarities between the two regions: in Iron Age coins, burial patterns, conquest and absorption by Rome, and the great ‘Saxon shore’ forts. Equally, there are profound differences. Much of the archaeology is newly discovered; the remains are widespread and offer great potential for study.
This programme includes day and longer visits to view sites and material, to undertake practical work, and to attend seminars and lectures at partner institutions such as the other universities in the Transmanche partnership, the Flemish Heritage Institute, University of Ghent and the Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives.