Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology

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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.

A-Z of ongoing and recent research projects

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Archaeological Investigations Project (AIP): Summary of recorded archaeological work undertaken in England between 1990 and 2010 (Funded by English Heritage)

Black Down Roman Fortlet, Dorset: Excavations at a rectangular enclosure that may have been a Roman fortlet or signal station.

Building Roman Britain: Applying archaeological science to characterise stone and ceramic building materials and explore the contexts within which they were produced.

Cultural and scientific perceptions of chickens: A ‘Science in Culture’ project looking at cultural and scientific perceptions of human-chicken interactions (AHRC Funded)

Dewlish Roman Villa: Excavations directed by Bill Putnam at the Dewlish Roman villa from 1969-1979 inclusive.

Durotriges Project (Big Dig): Excavations and surveys studying the transition from the late Iron Age to the early Roman period in central southern England.

Enhancing Historical Tourism in Neolithic Villages in Jordan: How archaeology can enhance the development of sustainable tourism in Jordan – an example from the INEA Project.

Human Henge: Exploring Stonehenge’s landscape for healing and inspiration. For latest news click here.

INEA: Identifying activity areas in Neolithic sites through Ethnographic Analysis of phytoliths and geochemical residues: Studying Neolithic sites in southwest Asia (c 11,700-7800 cal BP) to help understand the social use of space (AHRC Funded).

Knowlton Prehistoric Landscape Project: Excavations and surveys exploring the origins and development of a ceremonial and funereal landscape on Cranborne Chase, Dorset, UK.

Lost voices of Celtic Britain: Looking beyond the tales of magic, wizards and giants see life in later prehistoric and Roman Britain.

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.

Mapping the forests of medieval Novgorod, Russia: Archaeological evidence from sites in and around Novgorod, Russia, are being used to map nearby forests and document their exploitation.

Neolithic flint mines: Excavations and analysis of flint flints in Sussex and beyond.

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 Channel Wreck: Investigating an early 17th century armed merchantman, probably of Dutch origins, on the seabed outside Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK (Funded by Historic England).

The Hyksos Enigma: European Reseatrch Council Advanced Grant jointly hosted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Bournemouth University to study the origins, establishment, and legacy of the Hyksos in Egypt during the mid second millennium BC.

Vlochos Archaeological Project: Examining the Classical-Hellenistic urban site at Vlochós in the municipality of Palamás, Greece. A collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa, the Swedish Institute at Athens, and the University of Gothenburg.

Woolcombe Medieval Settlement: Excavations and surveys undertaken between 1984 and 1997 on a medieval settlement in west Dorset.

Facilities, Collections and Laboratories

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Archaeology and Anthropology at BU has access to world class facilities and curates a wide range of collections from archaeological sites across Europe. View details of our collections and access here.  Our facilities are managed by our Demonstrator in Anthropology.

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 a bespoke store for our extensive archaeological collections.  Used for both research and teaching purposes, these are managed by our Demonstrator in Field Archaeology and Collections Management.

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.

Related links

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.

Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution: A BU research Institute that looks at reconstructing both the landscape signals embedded in hominin habitat records, and reconstructing hominin habitats and land use from the Pliocene Epoch through to the present day.

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.

Athena SWAN

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)

Tongariki, Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

What’s on….

Conferences & Lectures

30 October 2018. Second Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture. Dr Alsion Sheridan (National Museums Scotland). 18:30-20:00. Fusion Building, Talbot Campus. In association with the Prehistoric Society. For further details and booking click here. Download a 2018 PRL Poster here.

22 September 2018. HMS Invinsible 1744 Open Day. 10:00-17:00. MAST Archaeological Centre, 19 Cowley Road, Poole, BH17 OUJ. For further details click here.

Research seminar series

The Research Series runs on Tuesday afternoons at c.4:00 in F104. A full programme can be downloaded here: CAA Seminars 2018-19 S1 (V2).

2 October 2018.  ‘More than nutrition: Inferring disease ecology and population health from stable isotope data’ Ellen Kendall (Durham University) 16:00-18:00. F104

9 October 2018. Lineage, genealogy and landscape: A high-resolution archaeological model for the emergence of supra-local society from early medieval England’ Andrew Reynolds (UCL)  16:00-18:00. F104

16 October 2018.  ‘Geophysical and geochemical approaches to archaeological rockshelters’ Ian Moffat (Flinders University) 16:00-18:00. F104

23 October 2018. ‘Living on the edge: Excavations at Wytch Farm, Dorset, summer 2018’ Derek Pitman (Bournemouth University) 16:00-18:00. F104

30 October 2018. Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture: ‘Long before Brexit: Reflections on cross-channel connections between the fifth and second millennia BC’ Dr Alison Sheridan (National Museums Scotland). Further details and booking at: https://pittriverslecture2018.eventbrite.co.uk  Fusion Building, displays from 6:30.

6 November 2018. No seminar this week.

13 November 2018 ‘Archaeology and the media’ Julian Richards (Archaemedia) 16:00-18:00. F104

20 November 2018 ‘Matters of life and death: Demography and society in lower-middle Palaeolithic Europe’ Jenni French (UCL) 16:00-18:00. F104

27 November 2018 ‘Farmers, foragers and friction: Assessing regional trajectories of change in New Zealand’ Andrew Brown (Bournemouth University) 16:00-18:00. F104

4 December 2018  ‘Life and death in the ancient Hurrian city of Urkesh (Northern Syria – Middle Bronze age) Arwa Kharobi (Bournemouth University) 16:00-18:00. F104

11 December 2018  Christmas special: ‘Temples of the Goddess’ Katinka Soetens  16:00-18:00. F104




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:

BA Archaeology

BSc Archaeology

BSc Anthropology

BA Archaeology and Anthropology

BSc Archaeological and Forensic Sciences

BA Sociology and Anthropology

MSc Biological Anthropology

MSc Forensic Anthropology

MSc Forensic Archaeology

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

Paul Cheetham Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Science

Dr Fiona Coward Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Sciences

Professor Timothy Darvill OBE  Professor of Archaeology

John Gale Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Dr Ellen Hambleton Principal Academic in Zooarchaeology

Iain Hewitt Associate Practice Fellow

Dr Emma Jenkins Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Professor Mark Maltby Professor of Environmental Archaeology

Dave Parham Associate Professor of Marine Archaeology

Dr Derek Pitman Lecturer in Archaeology

Dr Sally Reynolds Senior Lecturer in Hominin Palaeoecology

Dr Miles Russell Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Professor Holger Schutkowski Professor of Bioarchaeology

Dr Martin Smith Principal Academic in Forensic and Biological Anthropology

Professor Kate Welham Professor of Archaeological Sciences

Dr Eileen Wilkes Principal Academic in Archaeology

Associate staff in other BU Departments

Dr Andrew Ford (Lecturer in Geoinformatics, Department of Life and Environmental Science)

Dr Amanda Korstjens (Associate Professor, Department of Life and Environmental Science)

Dr Rosie Read (Principal Academic, Department of Social Science and Social Work)

Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers (Principal Academic in Social Anthropology, Department of Social Science and Social Work)

Dr John Stewart (Associate Professor, Department of Life and Environmental Science)


Gabrielle Delbarre Human remains

Damian Evans Field Archaeology and Collections Management

Harry Manley Geoinformatics

Research Staff

Kerry Barrass Research Assistant

Grant Bettinson Marine Archaeology Researcher

Dr Julia Best Zooarchaeology Researcher

Dr Andrew Brown Leverhulme Fellow

Tom Cousins Marine Archaeology Researcher

Dr Arwa Kharobi Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Bronwen Russell Research Assistant

Dr Chris Stantis Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Bournemouth Archaeology Staff

Jon Milward Project Researcher

Jonathan Monteith Project Manager

Emeritus Professors

Professor Mark Brisbane Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology

Visiting Research Professors

Professor Peter Andrews

Professor David Gilbertson

Professor Peter Howard

Visiting Research Fellows

Dr Mike Allen

Katherine Barker

Dr Antionio Bartarda-Fernandes

Dr John Beavis

Dr Sheila Boardman

Jeff Chartrand

Dr Bruce Eagles

Dr Phillip Endicott

Christopher Gleed-Owen

Frances Griffiths

Sheila Hamilton-Dyer

Ian Hanson

John Hodgson

Lilian Ladle

Dr Innes McCartney

Darko Maricevic

David Morris

Dr Wendelin Morrison

Dr Carol Palmer

Dr Clare Randall

Lawrence Shaw

Dr Nivien Speith

Yvette Staelens

Dr Katharine Walker

Postgraduate students

Rebecca Cannell

Daniel Carter

Michael Feider

Penelope Foreman

Ashely Green

John Grigsby

Hannah Haydock

Nina Maararem

Richard Mikulski

Emily Norton

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