School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

Strata Florida Abbey

The School provides world-class expertise, inspirational teaching and fieldwork opportunities, both in Britain and abroad, within the related disciplines of Archaeology, History and Anthropology and at one of the oldest and most scenic campus’ in Britain.

Excellent Teaching

  • 94% of UWTSD students at the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology agreed that staff are good at explaining things - National Student Survey 2015.

  • 100% of UWTSD’s Anthropology students agreed that staff are good at explaining things - National Student Survey 2015.

  • 94% of UWTSD’s History students agreed that staff are good at explaining things - National Student Survey 2015.

We offer a range of UG programmes, from broad-based studies in Archaeology, History and Anthropology to more specialist ones in Modern Historical Studies, Conflict and War, Ancient Civilisations, Medieval Studies, Ancient History and Archaeology, Ancient and Medieval History. Also programmes with an eye on more directly vocational and field-based study, such as Applied Anthropology and Archaeology Professional Practice.

Our lecturers are research-active across a variety of different areas of specialism, with involvement in inter-disciplinary projects across the UK and overseas. At the last Research Assessment Exercise in 2008,  55% of its research was considered to be of International or national standing, and for Archaeology alone it was ranked 9th in research terms, throughout the UK.

This research is fed back into our teaching, making for a rich, stimulating and ‘cutting-edge’ learning experience. Students also have opportunities to get involved in different research projects and initiatives as part of their degree programme, be that as part of an on-going dig in Qatar or fieldwork in Kenya or document analysis in the University’s own special collections, housed in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archive.

Our strength as a School is our personal approach to learning. You will work and study in small teaching groups and you will get to know your lecturers well. You will be taught in a variety of innovative ways from tutorials, workshop and field classes, to Laboratory session, student conferences, group work in the University archive, in addition to more traditional lectures and seminar-based teaching.

At the heart of what we offer our students is something utterly unique and which we pride ourselves on; our small group teaching, our friendly collaborative environment in which to learn; our one-to-one contact; our supportive learning environment, that is student centred, and our culture of close and harmonious working relationships between tutor and student.

We have a variety of different resources and opportunities available to students: from access to and involvement with a working Museum, to opportunities to work with World-Class manuscript collections in the University archive. From archaeology laboratories able to investigate palaeoenvironmental, soils and dendrochronological finds, to collaborative exhibitions of ancient Egyptian and Chinese artefacts: and from to hi-spec computer facilities and software, to various opportunities for field survey and excavation work whether locally or abroad.

The School also is host to the University of Wales Archaeological Service (UWLAS), and to the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture both world renowned centres in their chosen fields of study . In addition the School involves itself in a range of community projects. For example, the development of the medieval site of Strata Florida as a heritage centre, is now in its eighth year of excavation by our students. Also the Monastic Wales project compiling and categorising Monastic sites across the principality, and the development of the Newport medieval ship project, with collaboration from Newport Council.