Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester

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  • Roman tombstone at Regensburg fort
  • Total Station survey at Wallingford
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  • Michael Wood at Kibworth
  • Viking artefacts
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  • 2012 graduates in action!
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  • House of Lucretius Fronto Pompeii

The School of Archaeology & Ancient History comprises a thriving, world-class, international team of scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and teaching. Our particular Archaeological strengths in prehistoric, Graeco-Roman, historical, and scientific archaeology are uniquely integrated with a large team of Ancient History experts who deal with the cultures, landscapes, economies, and politics of the Classical world.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), published in December 2014, 74% of our research activity was classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', placing us in the top half-dozen Archaeology departments in the UK. We rank 1st among UK Archaeology departments for the impact of our research.

We also deliver teaching to the highest standards, with National Student Survey feedback indicating  oustanding student satisfaction.

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Why choose us?

We offer an exciting range of campus-based and distance learning courses, for both undergraduate and postgraduate study, in a friendly, helpful and supportive working environment. We have excellent teaching and research facilities and a collaboration with a professional archaeological unit, all under one roof.

We have the highest ranking for our research, nationally and internationally, and offer quality support for PhD research students.

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Beyond PhD: conference

Read the full report (PDF) on the event 'Beyond PhD: Post-doctoral Fellowships and Career Development in the Arts and Humanities', held at College Court on 19 May 2014.


The University of Leicester Archaeological Services is an independent professional unit covering all types of archaeology across the Midlands

Contact the School

School of Archaeology and Ancient History,
University of Leicester, University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH

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queen's anniversary prize

AHRC PhD Studentships (Midland3Cities) The deadline for AHRC funding applications is Thursday 14 January 2015

Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education - for the work of ULAS and the School in public archaeology and public engagement.

First public open day for Operation Nightingale Award-winning collaboration with Ministry of Defence and TimeTeam.

Richard III's remains to be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral

Work on Richard III  also wins European Excellence Award 2013 Times Higher Education Research Project of the YearCurrent Archaeology research project of the year; gold in CASE Circle of Excellence Awards 2013.

Corpses of Criminals Project Prof. Sarah Tarlow’s Wellcome Trust funded project

Trans-Sahara project Prof. David Mattingly’s European Research Council funded project

Debating Religious Space and Place from Constantine to Cnut (AD 306-1035) Conference 22-23 November 2014

School’s Research Seminars

The latest School Bulletin

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