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Archaeology & Anthropology

Archaeology & Anthropology

This archaeology summer course introduces students to a broad array of intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking debates within Archaeology and the associated discipline of Anthropology, exploring some of the key theoretical principles underpinning the fields’ practices to reconsider humanity in an entirely new light.

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Course Summary

Over two weeks, students on this Archaeology and Anthropology pre-university summer course will explore some of the key theoretical principles underpinning archaeological and anthropological practice, illustrated by real case studies from prehistory to the present day. The course covers a mix of theory and practice, outlining the key schools of thought that underpin Archaeology and Anthropology while also looking at research methods, ethical issues, and modern techniques. Ultimately, the course aims to encourage students to consider humanity in an entirely new light.

The Treasures of The Past

A particular advantage of our historical locations is that students also have the opportunity to adopt a hands-on approach on this archaeology summer course: handling archaeological artefacts, visiting some of the UK’s most outstanding museum collections and even participating in a mock excavation. Students are also encouraged to take a personalised approach to the subject in reassessing their own day-to-day behavioural manifestations and social relations.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Archaeology & Anthropology Summer Course?

Over the two-week period, students will develop a sound understanding of the principal aims and methods of Archaeology and Anthropology, and begin to think critically about how professionals derive information from ancient artefacts and ethnographic evidence. We encourage our students to be independent thinkers, challenging preconceptions and adopting well-informed attitudes towards relevant issues: the study of Archaeology and Anthropology touches on cultural diversity, the ownership of heritage, and differing ethical standpoints, as well as political ideologies, international diplomatic strategy and group identity.

This archaeology summer course emphasises the relevance of archaeology and anthropology to modern everyday life, shedding light on the biological, social, cultural and cognitive aspects of human nature. Students are assessed on the basis of their written work and a presentation.


No previous knowledge of the subjects will be required.

Suggested Reading

The following optional texts can be read if desired in preparation for the course, though they are entirely optional:


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Further Information

How to Enrol

Archaeology & Anthropology is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

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