University of Liverpool Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

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Coordinates: 53°24′08″N 2°57′52″W / 53.4023°N 2.9645°W / 53.4023; -2.9645

The University of Liverpool Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology (also known as ACE) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology with 40 members of staff and over 150 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool
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Type Public university
Established 1904
Location Liverpool, L69 7WZ, UK
Campus Liverpool City Centre
Affiliations University of Liverpool
Website Official website

History[edit]

The University of Liverpool has pioneered the study of the ancient world for more than 130 years and has an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. Ancient History and Classics have been taught in Liverpool since 1881.[1] In 1904 John Garstang established the Institute of Archaeology, the first centre for the academic study of the methods and practice of Archaeology alongside Egyptology and Classical Archaeology in the UK. Robert Carr Bosanquet taught at the University of Liverpool from 1906 to 1920 as the first holder of the Chair of Classical Archaeology. John Percival Postgate served as Professor of Latin at the University from 1909 to 1920 while Frank William Walbank was Rathbone Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology from 1951 to 1977. Other notable academics who laid the foundations for excellence in the study of archaeology and ancient civilisations at Liverpool include Alan Ralph Millard (Rankin Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Ancient Semitic languages), Elizabeth Slater (Garstang Professor of Archaeology and Dean of the Faculty of Arts),[2] Kenneth Kitchen (Professor Emeritus of Egyptology and Honorary Research Fellow), Christopher B. Mee (Charles W. Jones Professor of Classical Archaeology)[3] and John Davies (Rathbone Professor Emeritus of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and Honorary Senior Fellow).

At present, members of the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology engage in world-class interdisciplinary research in the fields of Old World prehistory (particularly of Southwest Asia, Mediterranean Europe and Africa), human evolution and palaeoanthropology, bioarchaeology, environmental archaeology, archaeomaterials, Egyptology, the archaeology, languages, history and cultures of the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean, later British prehistory, heritage management, medieval & post-medieval archaeology, and the history, literature, language, culture and post-antique receptions of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Since 2010 the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology has been part of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, one of the four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The School also includes the departments of History, Modern Languages & Cultures, Irish Studies and Politics.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 100% of Liverpool’s research in Archaeology and 94% in Classics were judged as internationally outstanding.[4][5] A major focus of the departmental research, teaching and outreach activities is the Garstang Museum of Archaeology, one of the most important collections of antiquities in the UK including objects excavated in Egypt, the Aegean, Anatolia, the Levant, Sudan and Britain.[6] In 2015 the department's science-based archaeology facilities were substantially expanded, with the establishment of the Elizabeth Slater Archaeology Research Laboratories. These facilities support research by staff and students on stable isotopes and palaeodiet, human remains, anthracology and archaeobotany, archaeozoology, archaeomaterials, lithics and ceramics, experimental archaeology, post-excavation analysis and GIS applications in archaeology.

Facilities[edit]

The Garstang Museum of Archaeology[edit]

Stable isotope and palaeodiet laboratory[edit]

Archaeobotany laboratory[edit]

Lithics laboratory[edit]

Finds processing & sample preparation laboratory[edit]

Atomic spectroscopy & Trace element chemistry laboratory[edit]

Liverpool Archaeology Field School[edit]

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Visualisation suite[edit]

Scanning Electron Microscopy suite[edit]

Ancient Technologies Workshop[edit]

Environmental Sciences laboratory[edit]

Centre for Manx Studies[edit]

Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes[edit]

The Department offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) programmes.

Undergraduate[edit]

Single Honours programmes:[7] Archaeology (BA, BSc), Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations (BA), Evolutionary Anthropology (BSc), Ancient History (BA), Classics (BA), Classical Studies (BA), Egyptology (BA). The department also offers a range of courses combining different subject areas through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Honours Select degree programme.[8]

Postgraduate Taught[edit]

ACE Masters courses provide options for advanced training in human evolution, Old World prehistory, human palaeoecology, archaeological sciences, the archaeology, languages and cultures of the Mediterranean, the Ancient Near East and Egypt, the history, cultures and receptions of ancient Greece and Rome, and ancient Greek and Latin. Current Masters programmes: Archaeology (MA, MSc, MRes), Palaeoanthropology (MSc, MRes), Ancient History (MA), Classics (MA), Classics and Ancient History (MRes), Egyptology (MA, MRes).[9]

Postgraduate Research[edit]

The Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology hosts the largest community of Postgraduate Researchers from any other academic department in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, comprising 70 researchers from the UK, the EU and overseas. ACE offers MPhil/PhD programmes in Archaeology,[10] Classics & Ancient History[11] and Egyptology[12] to Home/EU applicants on a full-time or part-time basis, and to overseas applicants on a full-time basis. ACE Postgraduate Researchers are financially supported primarily through scholarships provided by the AHRC[13] and other sources of funding administered by the University of Liverpool.[14] In 2016 the department secured 5 AHRC scholarships: 2 in Archaeology (Archaeobotanical Science/Anthracology), 1 in Archaeology (Human Evolution) and 2 in Classics. 5 Graduate Teaching Fellows were also appointed in 2016 in the fields of Prehistoric Archaeology, Egyptology, Archaeomaterials, Ancient Near East and Classics supported by ACE endowment funds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Foundation of the University of Liverpool". Special Collections and Archives. The University of Liverpool. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "In Memoriam: Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Slater". University of Liverpool News. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Halstead, Paul. "Christopher B. Mee". Antiquity Journal. Cambridge Journals Online. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "REF2014". UoA 17 - Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology. REF2014. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "REF2014". UoA 31 - Classics. REF2014. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Garstang Museum of Archaeology". Garstang Museum of Archaeology. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Undergraduate courses". Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Honours Select". University of Liverpool. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Postgraduate Taught Courses". Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Archaeology MPhil/PhD". Postgraduate Research. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Classics & Ancient History MPhil/PhD". Postgraduate Research. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Egyptology MPhil/PhD". Postgraduate Research. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "AHRC NWDTCP". AHRC North West Doctoral Training Partnership. AHRC North West Consortium. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Postgraduate Scholarships". Postgraduate Funding Search. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 

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