Exploring the past! Understanding the present! Shaping the future!
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 involves the systematic study of human cultures through material remains, asking: Who did what? When? Where? How? And Why? Physical and biological Anthropology involves the study of humankind through comparative studies of societies and cultures. Forensic archaeology and anthropology focus on crime-scene investigations and the preparation of evidence for use by courts of law. Heritage, whether cultural or natural, tangible or intangible, focuses on the things inherited from the past that we choose to investigate, document, manage, interpret, use, and represent in various ways.
MAD about the wreck: Making maritime archaeology accessible to the community through studies of wrecks within and around Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK.
Maltese Temples Landscape Project: Investigating the development, social context, and landscape-setting of Malta’s Neolithic temples through surveys and excavations within and around the World Heritage Site at Skorba.
Piltdown Man: The story of the world’s biggest archaeological hoax.
REGNVM: the First Kingdom: A reassessment of cultural change across central south eastern Britain from the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD, examining in particular the nature of trade, globalisation, and direct Roman Imperial patronage.
Seeing beneath Stonehenge: Using Google Earth to transport you around the virtual landscape of this magnificent monument (Funded by Google and AHRC).
SUNDASIA: Exploring how prehistoric tropical communities adapted to cycles of coastal inundation over the last 60,000 years in northern Vietnam. A collaboration involving universities and research institutions in the UK and Vietnam.
Swash ChannelWreck:Investigating an early 17th century armed merchantman, probably of Dutch origins, on the seabed outside Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK (Funded by Historic England).
Our analytical laboratories have recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, and are superbly equipped with a range of industry-standard equipment. We have the facilities to both prepare and analyse a wide variety of different archaeological materials. Our facilities are managed by our Demonstrator in Analytical and Forensic Sciences, and our Demonstrator in Analytical Facilities.
We have dedicated forensic laboratories that contain equipment for a wide variety of techniques including blood splatter analysis and forensic photography. Our crime scene training facility is a bespoke building that enables a range of scenes to be recreated including those in a domestic home, a bank, and an illicit drugs laboratory. We also have access to external locations including Bournemouth Airport and Streetwise for larger-scale simulated crime scenes and disaster scenarios. Our facilities are managed and supported by our Demonstrator in Forensic Science.
We have one of the largest collections of specialist archaeological survey equipment of any department in the UK. Our equipment base includes a range of 3D laser scanners, differential GPS, total stations, and remotely piloted aircraft. Our geophysical equipment includes magnetic, electromagnetic, earth resistance, and GPR systems, as well as a variety of cart-based versions of these. We have a dedicated GIS laboratory and 3D printing facilities. The equipment is managed and supported by our full-time technician, Demonstrator in Geomatics, and Demonstrator in Field Archaeology and Collections Management. Our zooarchaeology laboratory has an impressive reference collection, containing over 500 known specimens predominantly from the UK and north-west Europe, covering everything from cows and wild boar to dogs and rabbits. We also have licenced specimens of rare and endangered species in this collection.
Bournemouth Archaeology: 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.
CAA is committed to working to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, and is delighted to be supporting the Departments of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Forensic Science; and Life and Environmental Sciences in their November 2016 Silver Award submissions.
Tongariki, Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Conferences & Lectures
22-25 August 2017. The connected past 2017: The future of past networks. A network analysis workshop on the 22-23 August followed by a conference on the 24-25 August. For further information about the connected past network click here. To book your place click here.
31 October 2017. First Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture. Professor Richard Bradley (Reading University) Pitt Rivers as Pioneer. Fusion Building, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University BH12 5BB at 7:00pm (Displays and welcome reception from 6:30pm). This is a free public lecture, presented in association with the Prehistoric Society, but please book your place by clicking here to visit the dedicated Eventbrite. The first Annual Pitt Rivers lecture launches the celebration of 50 years of archaeological and anthropological teaching and research at Bournemouth University and its predecessor intuitions, and has been organized by staff and students connected to the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology.
16 May 2017. Dr Ellen Hambleton (Bournemouth University). In the showdow of the golden ox: shedding light on enolithic and early Bronze Age animal exploitation in the northern Caucasus, Russia. 16:00. Fusion Building F111.
9 May 2017. Dr Andrew Brown (Bournemouth University). Making Land: The dynamics of frontier settlement in Polynesia. 16:00. Fusion Building F111.
2 May 2017. Research showcase. Kate Mason (Bournemouth University) Burial in the Stonehenge landscape 4000-1500 BC AND Dan Carter (Bournemouth University) Medieval and early post-medieval Verwood pottery. 16:00. Fusion Building F111
4 April 2017. Jennifer Crangle (University of Sheffield). TBC. 16:00. Fusion Building F111.
28 March 2017. Peter Cox (AC Archaeology). Recent pipeline archaeology in south Dorset: exploration of the Bloxworth Down Barrow Cemetery. 16:00. Fusion Building F111.
21 March 2017. Dr Ian Freestone (University College London). Roman glass industry. 16:00. Fusion Building F111.
7 March 2017. Jan Lewis (Bournemouth University). Sounding out the past: Digging around in the BBC Radio Archives. 16:00. Fusion Building F111.
28 February 2017. Half-term break! No seminar today.
21 February 2017. Dr Bob Bewley (University of Oxford EAMENA Project). Endangered archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa: Mission Impossible? 16:00. Fusion Building F111.
14 February 2017. Research Showcase: Ashely Green (Bournemouth University), Maximising Recovery Potential: Improving the pre-excavation detection of inhumations with automatic feature detection software AND Nina Maaranen (Bournemouth University), Hyksos in Egypt – first glance. 16:00. Fusion Building F111.
7 February 2017. Professor George Milner (Pennsylvania State University), Beyond Hobbes and Rousseau: Warfare in the late prehistoric American Midwest. 17:00. Fusion Building F111.
31 January 2017. Wrecked! A visit to the current exhibition at the Atrium Art Gallery in Poole House, Talbot Campus, displaying the current and past projects of the Marine Archaeology group. The visit will include an exclusive guided tour! Please meet there at 16:10 to be shown around.
17 January 2017. Ian Hanson. A journey through forensic landscapes: Developing innovations in archaeology and anthropology to meet the challenges of international investigations. 16:00-18:00.
15 March 2017. Professor Mark Maltby will be giving the Cotswold Archaeology Mick Aston Annual Lecture, entitled ‘Animals and Society in the Roman Cotswolds’. 19:30 in the Bingham Hall, King Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. No booking needed. Click here for further details.
25 February 2017. Professor Tim Darvill, Dave Parham, Grace Jones, Paul Cheetham and Derek Pitman will be presenting papers at the half-day seminar entitled ‘Trade and Communications in Poole Harbour and Beyond’ organized by the Poole Harbour Heritage Project, 13:00-17:00 in the North Terminal. Port of Poole. Click here for further details and a downloadable application form.
10 February 2017. Yvette Staelens will be talking about Somerset Sisters in Song linking with the exhibition on Somerset Folk Songs. The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, 14:30. Click here for further information.
10 February 2017. Yvette Staelens will be talking on Cecil Sharp and photography to the Nynehead and District Local History Society at the, Nynehead Memorial Hall, at 7.30. For further information contact Sheila Rabson: tel 01823 666609; email@example.com.
Human Henge. Historic landscapes and mental health at Stonehenge. An exhibition telling the story of local people who walked the Stonehenge landscape last winter and spring accompanied by archaeologists, musicians, and support workers. Open 25 May to 6 June 2017 in Amesbury Library, Smithfield Street, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7AL, during normal library opening times. For further information click here.
The Big Dig. Sharing the past, Inspiring the future. An exhibition sharing the results of excavations at the Durotriges site in Winterborne Kingston since 2009. The work has unearthed some incredibly significant finds, giving us a greater insight into the late Iron Age and early Roman history in this part of the country. The exhibition is open from 3 April to 27 May 2017, 09:00-18:00, Monday-Saturday, in the Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot Capus. The exhibition is free and open to all. A video describing the investigation can be seen by clicking here.
Wrecked at BU! An exhibition of the current and past projects of the Marine Archaeology department, showcasing the largely student lead projects and diverse nature of maritime archaeology. The exhibit includes 3D models, 3D prints, objects from a number of underwater and intertidal sites and both underwater and aerial footage. Visit the new exhibition at the Atrium Art Gallery in Poole House, Talbot Campus. Now closed, but to see some of the displays on-line click here.
Somerset Sisters in Song. Cecil Sharp’s Women Folk Singers. An exhibition based around research from the Singing Landscape Project. Open 3 January to 3 July 2017, The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Seomerset. For further information and opening times click here.
Staff in the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology deliver and manage a range of exciting undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science:
And if you are interested in working with us on an MPhil or PhD programme please contact a member of our academic staff or see the University’s Graduate School website for further details and information about grants and bursaries. Applicants might also be interested in the British Federation of Women’s Graduates Charitable Foundation’s Fund for Women Graduates which awards grants specifically for living expenses to women during their postgraduate studies with the aim of positively impacting their future career and our society as a whole.
Who are we?
Academic Staff in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science
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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... »
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