Department of Classics and Archaeology

Facilities - Classics and Archaeology

As well as the excellent general facilities available to all students we also have some specialist ones for Classics and Archaeology students.

University of Nottingham Museum

The University of Nottingham Museum has a collection of archaeological artefacts from Nottinghamshire and the wider East Midlands (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire). The strength of these collections can be found in their original everyday use, which introduces us to everyday life over a very wide period of time. 

Please note: the University of Nottingham Museum is currently closed due to the coronavirus epidemic.


Archaeology laboratories

We have an impressive suite of facilities dedicated to research and teaching. They were fully refurbished in 2016.

You will receive full training in lab techniques and be able to develop advanced skills depending on your specialisation.

Archaeology teaching laboratory


Used by all staff and students for practical classes and seminars.

Acts as a focus for knowledge sharing within the archaeology community. Informal Wednesday morning "hang-out" sessions allow staff and students to share latest research, problems with work, and latest news and events.


Ancient technologies laboratory


Used for analysing glasses, ceramics and metals to understand why objects were used and particular materials selected. Also used for experiments to fuse glass and fire pottery.

The lab has a fume cupboard, furnace and sample preparation facilities, as well as powerful microscopes.

Current and recent projects include research on:

  • the earliest glass from Turkey
  • prehistoric black glass from Europe
  • the analysis of porcelain from Silk Road shipwrecks.

Plant laboratory


A dedicated space for the analysis and investigation of seeds and charcoal. It is a hub of cutting-edge research into a range of topics from human-environment interactions and food practices to trade, urbanisation and colonialism.

The lab houses a growing modern reference collection of plant material, identification manuals and a range of high quality micro and stereo scopes.

Current and recent projects include research on hunter-gatherer sites including:

  • Epipalaeolithic Jordan
  • the Aegean
  • Roman London and Barcelona
  • Anglo-Saxon Britain
  • early modern Quebec (Canada).

Bones laboratory


Allows for human and non-human remains to be analysed together. This simultaneous analysis leads to greater understanding of the bones themselves as well as the activities, health and behaviour of people and animals.

This cutting-edge approach is revolutionising our understanding of mainstream archaeological questions.


Isotope laboratory

Allows us to prepare samples for isotope analysis. These analyses tell us about the diets and migration patterns of past people and animals. 

In particular, we seek to connect ancient and modern data to explore how human-animal-environment relationships have changed, why, and with what consequences for the future.


Imaging laboratory

We are committed to preserving and presenting heritage using digital technologies. We have recently refurbished our imaging lab to improve our 3D photogrammetry, geophysics and CAD model building capabilities.

Using the latest equipment and software we can create digital illustrations, 3D models and visualisations of archaeological artefacts and sites.



Department of Classics and Archaeology

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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