Archaeology and Anthropology

Theme Icon for Biodiversity, Environmental Change & Green EconomyTheme Icon for Communities, Culture & Conflicts

School: SciTech

UoA: UoA 17

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.

Photo gallery

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


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:

  • Unravelling an Egyptian enigma

    As much as ancient Egypt has a mysterious appeal and immediately evokes names of famous pharaohs and cities that we seem so familiar with, there are entire periods of Egyptian... »

  • The MA James

    The MA James was a schooner constructed in Porthmadog, Wales, by David Williams in 1900. During the vessel’s working life she operated from several ports in the UK and was... »

  • World War One Aircraft Carrier In Poole Harbour

    In Brands Bay there is a small unassuming hulk, which at first glance seemed to be the heavily eroded remains of a small, unusual looking barge that appeared to have... »

  • Poole’s D-Day Heritage

    Bournemouth University’s Maritime Archaeological department along with a group of students undertook a Fusion funded project to locate and investigate the state and preservation level of these seven tanks. Two... »