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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 eighteenth-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 normally offers 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 three Fellows in relevant fields (Archaeology, Social Anthropology and Palaeoanthropology).

Travel grants are available to help fund the costs of fieldwork or dissertation research. First year tutorials are given in College, along with the majority of those for the core papers taken in the second year, although second and third year options frequently involve teaching from staff 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.

Course Information

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Subject requirements

Combination of arts and science subjects

Course Duration

3 years (BA)