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Welcome to the Archaeology Subject Advice page

Archaeology means studying how our ancestors lived. They might be very distant ones from 12,000 years ago or more, or they might be very close to the present time. For example, forensic archaeology is essential to contemporary crime investigations. 

Planning laws, technology and biological sciences have changed the face of archaeology vastly in my lifetime. Most discoveries in the UK are made as a result of developers being required to fund exploration ahead of building work. Lidar surveys by drone do in minutes the work of weeks of footslog and paperwork, at a fraction of the cost, and DNA can throw light on ancient journeys.
Take a look at the young man excavated recently at Offord Cluny to learn about his very interesting journey

What can the Archaeology Subject Adviser do for u3a members? 

  • Help out if you're starting a group and want information or support

  • Provide practical advice about objects or sites or visits

  • Provide talks or other events that give news about the latest developments 

Are excavations on offer?

There are lots of great excavations you can join in with in the UK, but we don't organise a u3a excavation.
If your u3a group is actively excavating a site or doing fieldwalking, feel free to stay in touch with news about how you're getting on. 

2024 fieldwork calendars 

My Archaeology journey 

....began in the back garden, where as soon as I could toddle I was proudly digging up interesting stones, broken plant pots and worms. These bad habits led me to pursuing a degree in archaeology in the serene surroundings of Durham under the invigorating care of university's first woman professor, Rosemary Cramp. My working life became a mixture of fieldwork, museum work and teaching, based around north west England, as opportunities arose and family needs permitted.

Images names and captions

A well travelled amber ring

A well travelled amber ring Baltic amber, taken to northern italy to be carved into shape, worn by someone who lost it in Luguvalium on the western half of Hadrian's Wall

Horse face guard , Vindolanda

Modern police horses wear protection on the same lines, for eyes and muzzle, but Romans didn't have Perspex

Housesteads Fort, Romans latrines

Housesteads Fort, Romans latrines This must have been very cold on a winter's night

Roman pottery

Roman pottery with faces (Tullie House Carlisle)  We don't know why these were made but quite a lot are found in Roman Britain

*Subject Adviser's own images.

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