Archaeology

From 2017 onwards, Cambridge is launching an exciting new undergraduate degree programme in single honours Archaeology.

Archaeology covers a huge range of topics, spanning the evolution of humans through the development of farming, ancient civilisations and world empires, as well as the role of material culture in human life and of heritage in modern societies. Students can follow many streams – Archaeology (covering all world cultures), Biological Anthropology, Egyptology and Assyriology.  

With the Division of Archaeology and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge is one of the largest centres of archaeological research in Britain, and we have recently been awarded top place in the Good University Guide for Archaeology in the UK. Archaeology students at Cambridge benefit from direct hands-on access to world-class collections in Cambridge’s many museums, libraries and research centres. 

Archaeology at Fitzwilliam College

Archaeology at Fitzwilliam College is represented by Director of Studies, Dr Enrico Crema. The College is particularly strong in the archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean, with Professor Martin Millett (Roman archaeology) and Dr Sara Owen (Greek archaeology), and it features a unique Ancient World programme through which students can do their first year in Archaeology and then transfer to Classics for their second and third years.

Course requirements

Archaeology spans a very broad subject area, and the course allows study of topics ranging across the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences. Students with almost any combination of subjects can apply; there are no specific required or recommended courses. We welcome applications from students studying humanistic fields such as History, English, Classics, and ancient languages, social sciences such as Geography, Sociology, Psychology, or Anthropology, and sciences such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Applicants for Egyptology and Assyriology are strongly encouraged to study an ancient or modern language.

The standard A Level offer for Archaeology is A*AA. The standard IB offer is 40-42 points with 776 in three Higher Level subjects.

The application process

Candidates should normally expect two interviews. Applicants are not expected to have any standard background in archaeology, as the field is highly varied, there are many relevant backgrounds and the subject is often not taught in schools; however, they should be prepared to discuss their relevant interests and potential directions they may wish to follow. Applicants should submit two examples of recent work, which will be available to interviewers. 

Applied are required to sit the Archaeology admissions written assessment, if invited for interview. More information can be found on the University website.

Typical conditional offers

Our typical conditional offer for Archaeology is A*AA at A level. IB offers are usually for a total of 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level. 


Teaching Fellows

  • Dr Enrico Crema, Fellow
    Research: Cultural evolution; computational and quantitative methods in archaeology; agent-based modelling; spatial analysis; prehistoric demography and settlement pattern; Jomon Culture
  • Professor Martin Millett
    | Subject:
    Classical Archaeology
    Research: Social and economic archaeology of the Roman world
  • Dr Sara Owen
    | Subject:
    Classics
    Tutor for U/G Students|Director of Studies, Classics|Tutor for Admissions (Arts)
    Research: Greek archaeology, particularly culture contact and exchange; Greek 'colonisation'.