Archaeology and Conservation
The Department of Archaeology and Conservation conducts international-quality and groundbreaking research ranging from social archaeology to conservation science. We undertake fieldwork in the UK, continental Europe, the Mediterranean and the Near East from the Mesolithic through to the post-medieval periods. We collaborate with colleagues around the world and researchers from countries including Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey and the USA have chosen to come to Cardiff to work with us.
To support our research, we attract funding from the Research Councils, charitable trusts, and local and national government organisations. Our research is underpinned by excellent technical, illustration, photographic and conservation support and we are well provided with geophysical, surveying and analytical equipment, including scanning electron microscopy.
The department has a thriving postgraduate community. To find out more about postgraduate opportunities in the Department's areas of research strengths and the MA schemes we offer, please visit our postgraduate pages.
Research Areas and Groups
The coverage of Archaeology and Conservation research at Cardiff is broad, and much of our work crosscuts period/geographical/methodological boundaries. We have a strong interest in theoretical issues, for example the contemporary history of archaeological practice, body theory and social memory, as well as in archaeological science, where we are heavily involved in bioarchaeology, materials analysis and dating. We have grouped our research into a number of areas of particular strength: