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About Archaeology & Conservation

Excavations at Battle Moss Cairn, Caithness, Northern Scotland

Archaeology and Conservation at Cardiff is driven by the latest research and led by an internationally-recognised staff. We provide an exciting and stimulating learning environment, underpinned by modern teaching and research facilities which compare very favourably with those of other institutions. Our research impact enables us to enhance long-standing relationships with external audiences and beneficiaries.


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Degree Programmes

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Archaeology and in Conservation. As part of the Cardiff School of History, Archaeology & Religion, we collaborate closely with our colleagues in Ancient History, History and Welsh History and Religious Studies & Theology and we work with many other departments in other parts of the university.

Strong Cardiff traditions of teaching and research focus on fieldwork carried out on a global scale and laboratory analytical work at the cutting edge of archaeological science and conservation. Our trademarks are hands-on practical excellence and innovative interpretive research and publication.

Commercial Services

We offer a range of commercial services. We have an established conservation practice providing professional artefact conservation and collections care advice for clients throughout the UK and beyond. Our archaeological draughtsmen can provide illustrations, plans and maps as well as layout and design publications and posters.

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We pride ourselves in providing undergraduate degree courses in archaeology and conservation which are both comprehensive and flexible. We offer a wide range of courses from cutting-edge theory, science and conservation practice through to excavation and illustration skills, and which cover a chronological range from the Mesolithic and Neolithic, through ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.


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We offer a range of postgraduate taught courses at masters’ level, including MA schemes in Archaeology and MSc schemes in Conservation and Collections Care. We have a strong postgraduate research culture, and at any time have twenty to thirty students studying for their PhD degrees on topics which take them across the UK, continental Europe and the Mediterranean. Our postgraduate students are supported by our strong expertise and equipment base in bioarchaeology, materials science and conservation science.



Research in the Department includes major fieldwork projects in the UK and beyond, as well as internationally important projects dealing with material culture studies, bioarchaeology, ancient technologies, and archaeological conservation.


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