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UCLan is engaged with exciting archaeological activity across the world, including world-renowned sites such as Stonehenge, while innovative new ideas such as the Bones Without Barriers project has allowed UCLan to promote Archaeology to the widest possible audience.



The study of past societies is a hugely exciting, revealing endeavour which incorporates a wide range of skills and techniques that can also be applied to other areas of research.

Archaeological research at UCLan has a firm emphasis on scientific analysis and takes place under the following themes:

  • Period-specific research – Individual specialisms have led to research work focused on the Neolithic periods in Britain and Ireland, the archaeology of the modern world and the early historical period in Britain and beyond.
  • Region-specific research – There are on-going projects in Britain, Ireland, California and Kenya.
  • Material studies – Extensive lab facilities and specialist expertise mean we are able to offer analysis of human remains, animal bones, pottery assemblages and lithics.
  • Archaeological landscapes – A full suite of geophysical and survey equipment allows the analysis of entire landscapes to take place.
  • Public engagement – Research work is designed to engage the public and an on-going project explores the excavation and study of human remains – a crucial issue for archaeologists working all over the world.

To find out more about research in Archaeology, contact Dr Vicki Cummings
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UCLan staff conducting period-specific research, which covers both fieldwork and projects that focus on material culture sets, have examined world famous archaeological sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Bargrennan Chambered Cairn and the Great Dolmens.

Wide ranging modern world research has covered subjects ranging from urban enculturations in Barcelona to the archaeology of nuclear power.

With in-house expertise and excellent equipment, at UCLan we are able to specialise in researching a range of different material culture forms, including human and animal skeletal remains, taphonomy, pottery, rock art and lithics.

A particular strength of our research cluster concerns the investigation of caves and a number of projects relating to this are on-going.

In order to highlight different issues to a wider audience, public engagement is at the heart of everything we do. This includes our on-going Bones Without Barriers project, which looks at the ways in which the public engages with human skeletal material.

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