UCLan is engaged with exciting archaeological activity across the world, including world-renowned sites from Orkney to California. We run a series of fieldwork projects where staff and students are involved in the generation of new archaeological data which investigate key research questions. Communicating our research is also at the heart of our research and our projects involve local communities in the generation of new knowledge.



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 run fieldwork projects at sites across the world. We have examined world famous archaeological sites including Avebury, Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in Britain and cave sites in California. We have current research projects investigating chambered tombs on Anglesey and Orkney, and we are also running a major project at Ribchester Roman fort.

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. We also have a full suite of geophysical equipment which enables us to investigate the archaeological record using non-intrusive methods.

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 Bryn Celli Ddu and Ribchester projects.

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