About the Department

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The Department was established in 1976 and has played a leading role in the development of archaeology as a modern discipline.

We are one of the largest departments of archaeology in Europe, with twenty-two permanent academic staff and over a dozen post-doctoral researchers and visiting scholars.

Our research interests are global, and range from early hominids and the palaeolithic to the early modern world.

We offer a range of undergraduate courses and one of the largest portfolios of postgraduate taught, research-track and vocational-track archaeology degrees of any UK university.

Sheffield Archaeology has been placed in the top ten among UK departments in all Research Assessment
Exercises since 1992, and the University was rated third in the UK for teaching in the last QAA assessment.

Our international reputation attracts visiting staff from overseas, and we are very proud of the increasing number of overseas students who choose to study here.

Sheffield Archaeology graduates compete successfully for archaeological posts in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.

Ours is a truly international study environment, in the heart of one of the best student cities in the UK. At
Sheffield you’ll discover a climate of academic excellence, innovative teaching, and world-class research.


For the archaeologist, Sheffield is the birthplace of the industrial revolution situated in a landscape of prehistory.

Teaching and research

We are unique in the way we bring together scientific and arts-based approaches to focus upon the study of Archaeology in our teaching and research.

Our teaching was rated 'excellent' in the 2001 national review of university teaching and we consistently gain top ratings for our research output.

Our teaching programme ensures that our students develop the capacity to become investigators with the skills to implement their own lines of inquiry.

Our research programmes involve collaboration with colleagues in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and they cover issues from human evolution, the origins of agriculture, the growth of empires, the European Reformation to the beginnings of industrialisation.