Archaeology and Anthropology Group

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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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Swash Channel Wreck

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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.

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.

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

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.

My Community, Our heritage
The My Community: Our Heritage project aims to increase awareness of unique local heritage in Dorset by empowering school students to find out about their local community. Students research their surrounding environment, history and community, Looking at numerous sites in Dorset such as nature reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Areas of Conservation Scheduled Monuments and Listed Buildings.



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