Future Pasts: Archaeology at University and career pathways
Archaeology is the only academic discipline that explores all human life in all times and places that humans have existed. As a global discipline, it cuts across cultural boundaries, uniquely blending cutting-edge practical investigative technologies, material and empirical analysis, cultural and social theory, and many different interpretative approaches to explore the richness and diversity of human cultural life. Drawing upon a vast and ever-growing mass of material evidence, and sharing ideas and methods with many other fields of enquiry, notably anthropology, earth sciences, and history, Archaeology offers unique insights into the human past and provides a range of academic, professional and practical skills greatly valued by employers in many different sectors. This talk will explain what an Archaeology degree - both as a single or combined subject - consists of, and the many career pathways such degrees lead to.
Stonehenge Transformed: archaeological fieldwork and the discovery of past worlds
Stonehenge is perhaps the most iconic of ancient monuments, recognised globally, a protected World Heritage Site, and part of the most intensively investigated prehistoric landscape in the world. Almost everything that is known about the monument and its landscape setting derives from the work of archaeologists, work which continues to produce extraordinary new discoveries and insights. This talk explores the fundamental significance of fieldwork as the primary means of archaeological enquiry, it's limitless capacity to produce new knowledge and new understandings of the past, and future directions in field methods. This will focus on recent work at Stonehenge, including results from the Stonehenge Riverside Project, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project (the largest and most intensive archaeological geophysical survey ever undertaken), and the latest discoveries at Durrington Walls super-henge.
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