The Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies has an active research culture with staff specialising in a range of areas. We were ranked second for research impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

The Department has a distinctive and broad research culture that is characterised by its interdisciplinarity. Our research clusters and centres extend across ancient history, archaeology, Byzantium, classics, heritage and reception, forming a stimulating research environment. 

They comprise: Artefacts and Society; Health, Well-being and the Senses; Ancient History and Archaeology of Egypt; the Centre for Late Antique Archaeology; and the Centre for Heritage.

We also run a programme of seminars, where external speakers talk on themes relevant to our clusters and centres and address broader questions and topics outside the specialisms of our staff.

In recent years we have hosted major international conferences including the Classical Association Conference (CA) and the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC).

Our staff have won prestigious awards from organisations including the:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • European Cultural Foundation
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Royal Society of New Zealand
  • British Academy.

In addition, our specialised Archaeology Laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for geophysics, laser scanning and compositional analysis, as well as a specialist technician.

World-leading experts

Our international lecturers are highly respected in their fields. All are active researchers who contribute to contemporary debates through their publications and activities.

Research excellence

Following our excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework, we have continued to build on our reputation for high-quality research that reaches beyond academia and impacts the wider world.

Our research: making a difference

We conduct high-quality projects that transform the work of heritage professionals, engage wider communities, and increase public understanding of the classical world. View our Research Ethics and Integrity Policy.

Our projects include policy work for UNESCO, and the training of heritage professionals from more than 50 countries. We are shaping professional practice and public policy in archaeology and heritage management globally.

We also work with schools and museums to increase public understanding of antiquity, and its accessibility to diverse audiences, via consultancy work, digital technology, social media, and innovative school and museum outreach events.

We have strong links with local and regional museums including Canterbury Museums and Galleries, Dover Museum, the British Museum, the Museum of London, and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL.

Visit our People page to discover more about our academic staff, their interests and activities, and how to contact them.