Archaeology & Anthropology

Archaeology and anthropology together encompass the study of humankind from the origins of the human species to the present day. Both disciplines have a long history: archaeology grew from 18th-century antiquarianism, while anthropology began even earlier in the first days of colonial encounter. Today both subjects involve a range of sophisticated approaches shared with the arts, social sciences and physical sciences.

Boasting a distinguished tradition that includes the former Principalship of Kathleen Kenyon, who excavated at Jerusalem and Jericho in the 1950s and 1960s, St Hugh’s was one of the first colleges to take students for Archaeology and Anthropology, something we feel is intrinsic to our College identity today. St Hugh’s now offers an average of six places every year, making it the largest college for this degree in the University. Particular strengths include its strong library holdings, distinguished past examination performance, a location only a few minutes walk from several of the key lecture venues and libraries and the fact that it was the first college to appoint a Tutorial Fellow in the subject and is now the only one to have two Fellows in relevant fields (Archaeology and Biological Anthropology).

Travel grants are available to help fund the costs of fieldwork or dissertation research. Most first year tutorials are given in College, with the majority of second year tutorials for the core papers provided by staff members elsewhere in the University.  The interdisciplinary nature of Archaeology and Anthropology means that there are no specific subject requirements: arts, sciences and a mixture of both are equally suitable.

Useful Links:
The Archaeology Department Website
The Anthropology Department Website
Pitt Rivers
The Ashmolean Museum
The Human Evolutionary Genetics Group Website

Tutors

Professor Peter Mitchell

Tutorial Fellow in Archaeology

Dr Patrick Alexander

Stipendiary Lecturer in Anthropology

Professor Susana Carvalho

Associate Professor Non Tutorial Fellow in Palaeoanthropology

Professor Biao Xiang

Professor in Social Anthropology

Professor Marcus Banks

Lecturer in Anthropology

Further information