Archaeology and Ancient History


When you're studying at Leicester, you'll have the opportunity to gain valuable practical and professional experience out in the field, in our labs, and on study tours around the world.

Ancient History: Rome study tour

Want to immerse yourself in ancient history? Join us on the Rome study tour. This week-long tour of key buildings and monuments in Rome and its environs is open to second year students studying Ancient History (single honours or joint degree) and counts as the equivalent of two weeks' fieldwork. The tour is also for students studying for the Classical Mediterranean MA.

The study tour offers a fantastic opportunity to visit and engage firsthand with Republican, imperial, early Christian and later monuments in the Eternal City of Rome. Timetabled in the Easter vacation, the Tour is led by Professor Neil Christie, who knows Rome's streets and sites inside out and is enthusiastic to share his expertise with you.

Archaeology: Fieldschools

Fieldwork at our fantastic Bradgate Park fieldschool is a core part of the degree for all Archaeology and joint honours students. The Bradgate Park fieldschool offers the opportunity to excavate 15,000 years of history, gain skills and contribute directly to scientific research, and get involved in outreach activities. You can follow the dig and student discoveries on Facebook and on Twitter.

Other practical opportunities

In addition to Bradgate and Rome, our staff conduct archaeological projects all over the world. Recently we have taken students excavating at the World Heritage site of Avebury in Wiltshire, finding Bronze Age barrows on the Isle of Man, discovering prehistory and Vikings on the western most peninsula of the British Isles in Ardnamurchan, and researching rock art on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean.

We have specialist facilities and an an outstanding range of equipment for hands-on teaching and research in science-based analytical techniques, including our state-of-the-art human bone laboratory, environmental laboratory, zooarchaeology laboratory, and ceramics laboratory.

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