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Archaeology

Facilities

We have excellent resources and facilities that are used for both research and teaching in a variety of areas.

There are dedicated teaching and research laboratories with a wide range of equipment to support fieldwork and finds analysis.

We have access to specialist scientific equipment and expertise in the science departments of the university, as well as strong links to related disciplines such as geography and earth sciences.

The Manchester Museum

One of our key resources for archaeology students is The Manchester Museum, which is part of the University and has outstanding collections of Egyptian, Classical and other antiquities. Manchester students can also draw upon the resources of museums in Chester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, and Carlisle.

Many of the academic staff also have close connections with national heritage bodies, such as English Heritage and Historic Scotland, and students studying the conservation, management and representation of archaeological heritage often engage with these institutions as well as the Museums mentioned above and many more beyond the region.

The University of Manchester Library

The University of Manchester Library is one of the great research libraries in the UK, with extensive holdings in all arts and humanities disciplines including over four million printed books, in addition to the strongest collection of electronic resources in any European university, standing at over 30,000 e-journals, 400,000 e-books and several hundred databases.

The library resources for Archaeology have been built up over several decades and as a consequence there is a substantial collection in this area. Likewise, the Social Anthropology collection is very good and provides an excellent resource for postgraduate students working in the realm of social archaeology. The John Rylands Deansgate Library, located in the centre of Manchester, has an outstanding collection of manuscripts and antiquarian texts.

The Art and Archaeology site Library

Archaeology also shares a disciplinary library with Art History. We keep the most frequently used books in this library for reference. It provides a pleasant and quiet working environment for students. The library is 'reference only' during the week, but books can be taken out over the weekend, from 2pm on Friday until 10.30am on Monday.

Equipment and laboratories

Archaeology has a full range of equipment to support fieldwork, including advanced survey instruments. Recent purchases enabled by the Your Manchester Fund (supported by the University alumni programme) have significantly strengthened our geophysics abilities in particular.

The laboratories are also equipped for a wide range of research, which is supported by a full time archaeological technician. We have a large teaching laboratory, used for undergraduate classes at all levels and available to students working on dissertations. There are also two smaller laboratories, one a general research laboratory and the second used by long term projects.

Teaching collection

We also have an extensive teaching collection of artefacts, ecofacts, human and animal remains and artefact replicas.

Our teaching collections include the diverse, eclectic and extensive Brice Collection, which has everything from 20th century coins, to middle Palaeolithic lithics, with material from almost every part of the world, and including a selection of geological examples as well experimental glass knapping.

Computer facilities

The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide range of computing facilities within the Samuel Alexander, Humanities Bridgeford Street, Mansfield Cooper, Dover Street and Manchester Business School buildings. All the PCs within these buildings are configured in the same way.

Laser printing is available and charged at a small price per sheet (black and white or colour) and there is a printer situated in each of the computer clusters.

There is also subject-specific software available to assist you in your learning. As email is the prime means of communication between staff and students all students are given a personal email account which is accessible both on and off campus.

Using our cultural assets for your studies

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