The best way to study the past is to visit and experience sites, monuments and museums...
There are also opportunities to increase your skills through work experience and volunteering.
As well as field trips to British sites and museums, our department student societies – Archaeology Society and Classoc – also run international study visits every year.
These have included trips to:
Through these opportunities, you get to see an incredible range of sites and museums across the Mediterranean, from the Colosseum and Trajan’s Column, to the Parthenon and the Tomb of Agamemnon at Mycenae.
You also get the opportunity to experience new cultures and bond with like-minded students.
In my final year, I served as the president of the Archaeology Society. I wanted to expand the society beyond the obvious evening events and so we also established careers development programmes with early career professionals and alumni and hosted archaeological outreach sessions with local schools in partnership with Nottingham’s on-site museum. We also managed a trip to Pompeii, which really was great fun.
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Every year we take students on a range of trips, to sites and places of interest of both local and national significance. In the past these have included:
Creswell Crags – a cave site in Derbyshire where archaeologists have discovered Palaeolithic artefacts and the only known prehistoric rock art in the British Isles.
The Peak District – an area full of archaeological sites and monuments, including the Neolithic stone circle at Arbor Low and the Iron Age hillfort at Mam Tor, as well as the Anglo-Saxon stone cross at Hope and the medieval Peveril Castle.
Lincoln – one of the most important historic cities in the East Midlands, beginning in the Roman period, with sites such as the Roman walls, the medieval castle and the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral. Lincoln museum holds artefacts ranging from prehistoric weapons and Roman tombstones to Viking-age brooches and Tudor pottery.
Newark – as an important crossing point of the river Trent, Newark has always been a major stronghold – as seen in its impressive medieval castle, and the massive siegeworks and defences that surround the town from the time of the English Civil War.
Hadrian’s Wall – a World Heritage Site, the amazing Roman remains on Hadrian’s Wall are a favourite destination for our students. We tour the forts of Birdoswald, Corbridge and Housesteads, and view the major collections of tombstones and artefacts at South Shields and Vindolanda, including the famous Vindolanda writing tablets.
The British Museum – one of the world’s great museums, housing material ranging from prehistory to the medieval period. The collections of sculpture, epigraphy and artefacts from the ancient world including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece and Rome are central to any understanding of ancient culture, art and archaeology. Our study visit included behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s collections and conservation facilities.
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