Archaeological research in the Faculty of Classics takes many forms. Classical archaeology is, generally speaking, the study of the material culture of the Graeco-Roman world; traditionally, it has been marked by the categorisation and classification of types of artefacts. But here at Cambridge, our research community is rich and vibrant – covering a broad geographical and temporal spectrum, as well as diverse theoretical and methodological approaches.
We cover periods extending from the Neolithic to the Byzantine and a geographical spread extending from North Africa to Great Britain, from the Near East to the Iberian peninsula. Our specialist staff study art, architecture and archaeology – and their approaches to archaeological research are as broad as their subjects of interest.
The Museum supports research in the Faculty both through its collections and by providing financial provision for projects including archaeological digs. The Faculty has five permanent University Teaching Officers, as well as several Research Associates and Fellows who carry out archaeological excavations and projects in various areas of classical archaeology. In addition, other members and associates of the Faculty also carry out archaeologically-related work.
Major Areas and Periods of Focus
Archaic and Classical Greece (and their neighbours)
Rome and Roman Italy
Major Themes of Archaeological Research
Our art and archaeology research group has strong links with other research areas in the Faculty of Classics (e.g. Ancient History and the Mycenaean Epigraphy group) and is also well integrated with other groups of archaeologists in Cambridge (including the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, as well as the Faculties of Archaeology & Anthropology, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, and Divinity). We also have close links with the Antiquities Department at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Classical archaeology is taught to undergraduates within the Classical Tripos and to postgraduates through the MPhil programme. We also have a thriving body of PhD students studying the material and visual culture of the ancient world. If you are considering pursuing postgraduate studies in classical archaeology and are interested in pursing those studies at Cambridge, please do get in touch.