Research in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Historical, textual and archaeological research in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CAHA) weaves together the diverse civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean world, and explores their origins and after-effects in more recent periods.

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One of the most broad-ranging departments studying the ancient world in the country, CAHA houses specialists working on Classics, ancient history, prehistoric and classical archaeology, Egyptology, Assyriology, Byzantine and modern Greek culture. Using cutting-edge technology, our archaeologists find new ways of interrogating the material record to reconstruct the realities of living in the past. Our classicists, ancient historians, experts in Ancient Egypt and the Near East, Byzantinists and historians of the more modern world use a panoply of texts and visual and material culture to examine the lives and issues of past societies. Together, we confront the invention of the past in the present.

Our research policy fosters collaboration and dialogue within and between our wide range of specialisations (see research clusters in the right-hand menu). Our multi-disciplinary research seminar showcases this range, and stimulates discussion with a high level of postgraduate participation.

Our researchers attract international project partners, major grants and prestigious awards. They present their research at conferences worldwide, give leadership to learned societies and advise government bodies. Archaeological fieldwork ranges from the sands of Egypt to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge.