Archaeology and Anthropology

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We are concerned with all aspects of the Historic Environment as evidence of past human activity and its associated consequences that people can find, see, hear, understand, feel, debate, and contest in the present world.

Archaeology provides a systematic study of human cultures through material remains asking who did what? When? Where? How? And Why? Physical and biological Anthropology both informs archaeological studies and assists in crime-scene investigations, the preparation of evidence for use by courts of law, and the application of technical and scientific knowledge to legal problems. Heritage, both cultural and natural, tangible and intangible, focuses on the things inherited from the past that we choose to investigate, document, manage, interpret, use, and represent in various ways.

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Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Chickens
Bournemouth University is the lead partner of the AHRC ‘Science in Culture’ funded project – Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions.

The Durotriges Big Dig

Identifying activity areas in Neolithic sites through ethnographic analysis of phytoliths and geochemical residues INEA

MAD About the Wreck
Bournemouth University has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the M.A.D. About the Wreck Project, a partnership with Poole Museum in order to make maritime archaeology accessible to the community utilising as a vehicle the seventeenth century Swash Channel Wreck, discovered just outside Poole Harbour.

Swash Channel Wreck

Seeing beneath Stonehenge
Seeing Beneath Stonehenge uses Google Earth to transport you around the virtual landscape of this magnificent monument. You can interact with the exciting discoveries of the Stonehenge Riverside Project and learn more about the archaeology of this internationally important site.

Recent publications

K. Welham, J. Fleisher, P. Cheetham, H. Manley, C. Steele and S. Wynne-Jones 2014. Geophysical Survey in Sub-Saharan Africa: magnetic and Electromagnetic Investigation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Songo Mnara, Tanzania, Archaeological Prospection

Human remains collection

The department curates a wide range of skeletal collections from archaeological sites across Europe. View details of our collections and access here.

Exploring the Past
Understanding the Present
Shaping the Future

Related links

Bournemouth Archaeology
Bournemouth Archaeology is a multi-disciplinary heritage consultancy with a long established reputation for providing heritage planning advice and archaeological services to clients at all stages of the planning process.

Poole and Purbeck Portal
Online community created by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University in order to promote a better understanding of our region’s unique natural and heritage assets without compromising progress.


  • Dr Rachel Bynoe

Lecturer, Archaeology

Lecturer, Archaeology


Latest news from Archaeology and Anthropology

  • INEA Project

    Identifying activity areas in Neolithic sites through Ethnographic Analysis of phytoliths and geochemical residues

  • Bournemouth University dig finds ‘significant’ Roman remains

    A new archaeological find uncovered by BU researchers and students during their annual ‘Big Dig’ at the Durotriges site in Dorset, could help to shed light on the rural elite... »

  • Success for recent BU Archaeology graduate

    Zoe Edwards is a recent BU archaeology graduate.  Shortly after leaving BU Zoe won a prestigious placement with English Heritage, and has now been offered a permanent position working as a heritage... »

  • The Chicken Project Features in Nature

    The AHRC funded Chicken Project, led by BU’s Dr Mark Maltby, has featured in Nature‘s news in an article by reporter Ewen Callaway. The project, which started in January 2014, draws together archaeology, anthropology and scientific analyses... »