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School of

Archaeology, History & Anthropology

0300 500 1822

The School currently offers ten single honours BA programmes: • • • • •

BA Archaeology BA Archaeology Professional Practice BA Archaeology and Ancient History BA History BA Modern Historical Studies

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BA Medieval Studies BA Ancient and Medieval History BA Anthropology BA Anthropology and Archaeology BA Ancient Civilisations

We are the only University in Wales to offer Anthropology and the programme is ranked 10th within the United Kingdom.

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Your University


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is a genuinely exceptional University that combines stimulating education with a relaxed atmosphere – a combination that gets the very best out of students. Set in beautiful and distinctive countryside, the Lampeter campus, houses the Faculty of Humanities and the School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology. The University was originally founded in 1822 and is thus the oldest degree granting institution in England and Wales apart from Oxford and Cambridge. Set around the beautiful nineteenth-century St David’s Building, the University combines a long academic tradition stretching back nearly two hundred years with stimulating, progressive teaching and research. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers courses in a number of locations, but the Faculty of Humanities delivers all of its courses on the campus at Lampeter. Lampeter is a small and charming market town steeped in Welsh history. One of the most distinctive features of the campus is its size, with around 1000 undergraduates it manages to form an inspirational and relaxed learning community. This is one of our greatest strengths and is certainly an attraction because we are small enough to care and to give time to everybody. Indeed, the University enjoys such a strong sense of community we are all on first name terms. In an age of ever larger institutions, the human scale of the Faculty of Humanities offers an enriching experience both in personal and academic terms.

Your School The School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology is composed of three disciplines. History is the oldest discipline offered by the School having been established at Lampeter in 1884 by the famous medieval historian, Professor T F Tout (who went on to found the history department at the University of Manchester). This makes it one of the oldest history departments in the UK. The department quickly gained an international reputation, in a variety of areas and fields, from a history of the British Empire to the medieval monastic orders. Today the School specialises in the history of the medieval period and modern history of the post 1789 period. Archaeology was first taught on the Lampeter campus in 1968, out of a fusion of expertise within the departments of classics and geography. Such was its popularity that by the early 1990s archaeology at Lampeter had international status out of which came a number of renowned scholars who significantly altered the face of both archaeological theory and practice in the world. To this day archaeology at Lampeter retains its reputation on the world stage as forward thinking and innovative. Anthropology was added to the School in the late 1990s, and as such is the baby of the three. Nonetheless anthropology at Lampeter already has a rich and exciting reputation for being forward thinking and effective in application. Since the programme’s inception the department has been active on a wide variety of projects that work to make a difference on the planet - including assisting indigenous people to re-appropriate their ancestral lands, exploring the consequences of global warming, promoting awareness about vaccinations and leading the world in the study of human/animal relations. | 3


Your Learning Environment Our size provides a nurturing environment to learn in by fostering harmonious relationships between staff and students. We are proud of the friendly atmosphere our classes have. We feel the ambiance is especially conducive to study because it allows students to engage, question and participate happily. Questioning is the foundation of academic enquiry, so an environment that encourages questioning also encourages success. Our teaching methods aim to provide interest, challenges, variety, and also hope to provoke curiosity. Lectures are our principal means of teaching and are designed to introduce ideas that can then be developed in smaller seminar groups. Lectures are further supported by workshops, field trips, revision and study group sessions. The small teaching groups and personal attention we are able to offer helps create this variety in a manner that simply cannot be offered at most other larger universities. Everything is done to ensure high standards of teaching and effective methods of learning are maintained in a relaxed and informal atmosphere in which study can flourish. Consequently we are also able to offer, (almost uniquely now given the size of other universities) one-to-one tutorials with your tutor in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work in detail. This means that we can help you to study effectively, giving the time and attention to develop and hone your academic skills. Academic study can be stretching. We know this, so we ensure students are given personalised and appropriate support both academically and otherwise. To this end students' personal tutors can be turned to when problems of an academic or more private nature arise.

Your Learning Resources Integral to high quality teaching are the high quality learning resources on the Lampeter campus. Students have access to a range of electronic learning resources, computer labs and campus-wide access to wifi. Archaeologists enjoy a suite of purpose built laboratories for bone, soil and pollen sampling, forensic research, dendrochronology, and post-excavation analysis and storage. Students are also fortunate to have access to the Roderic Bowen Library archives a richly diverse collection of books and source materials (some 20,000 in all), that includes: a vulgate Bible c.1279, various illuminated medieval manuscripts, early printed books, political and religious pamphlets from the C16th to the C19th, a fascinating collection of C18th travel books and atlases collected by Sir Thomas Phillips. We are pleased to say that this genuinely unique and valuable collection of resources is available to all students from all subject areas and disciplines for their projects and dissertations.

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Fieldtrips and Fieldwork


All students will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork appropriate to their discipline. This may be as a volunteer on a variety of archaeological digs the school participates in or in anthropological fieldwork in the local community and even further afield, or doing archival research and palaeographical analysis in the special collections of the University archives, held in the Roderic Bowen Research Centre. At Lampeter we encourage regular field trips to places of interest. Exploring the world around us widens horizons and with this in mind students can opt to go on a number of trips offered by the school. In previous years students have had the opportunity to visit many local destinations including the recreated Iron Age camp of Castell Henllys, the Hindu temple Skanda Vale, the National Library of Wales, the Welsh abbeys of Tintern, Margam and Neath and an sustainable ecocommunity hidden in the Cambrian Mountains. Additionally we offer trips abroad to locations such as Cyprus, Italy, Ireland, Qatar and Kenya. Every summer the School takes its archaeology students to the former Cistercian monastery Strata Florida, where several weeks are spent excavating the site and then postexcavation time is spent analysing the fascinating finds. In addition, conferences are regularly organised for students at all levels of study. This gives students the opportunity to present their ideas to their peers or the academic community at large. Last year students participated in a number of conferences both on campus and in our conference centre in North Wales - the picturesque and historic Gregynog Hall estate, bequeathed to the University of Wales in the 1960s. All students have the opportunity to take a work placement module in the second year of study. The work placement could be in any sector or employment the student wishes to arrange. Alternatively the School will help arrange a placement in a school or local museum where it has a collaborative agreement. Study abroad is open to students regardless of their degree path. At the moment we have links in the USA, Canada, China and Europe. Students can choose between a year or a semester abroad.

Your Lecturers Research and scholarship are vital to the teaching process offering students learning that is expert driven, that engages them at the cutting edge of enquiry and takes them to a depth and understanding that they will not have encountered at school or college. Your lecturers are recognized experts - as acknowledged by the Government’s periodic research assessment exercise. At the last such exercise 55% of the teaching staff were graded to be of world leading and international standing. As well as teaching you, they research into their chosen field of study, whether that be in: Wales, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Ireland, or be about bones, soils, sustainability or medieval manuscripts. Whatever their particular strand of knowledge is, it will inform and liven up your classes. All lecturers | 5


publish the results of their research either in books or as articles for academic journals. They also participate at conferences or public events so as to share their ideas and findings with the academic community. Students will be offered the chance to contribute to their lecturers’ research areas as appropriate and are encouraged to engage with the data and ideas their lecturers are working on to expand their own knowledge.

How do I know TSD Lampeter is for me? We think Trinity Saint David at Lampeter is a special place to study, but don’t take our word for it.

‘The School was extremely welcoming, informative and helpful; it was very comforting on being new to the place’. 1st Year, BA Archaeology

‘They (lecturers) are always there if you need them. Although there is the obvious formal boundary between staff and students, it is very easy to talk to the staff, and effort is made to make lectures as informal as possible’. 2nd Year, BA Medieval Studies

‘My great-grandfather was actually a Lampeter History student so I thought I would have a look at the prospectus. Upon reading the course outline and the unique little town full of students in the middle of nowhere, I thought it was somewhere I had to investigate. As soon as I visited on the Open day, with the sun shining… I was entirely sold on the place’. 3rd Year, History & Anthropology

The unquestionable strength lies in the fact that students are not anonymous names and statistics to lecturers, and that the School clearly take an active interest in ensuring that student needs are catered for as fully as possible’. 3rd Year, History

‘It immediately became untouchable as my first choice University. The small obviously close-knit style of the University, combined with the informal, relaxed approach suited my needs right down to the ground’. 3rd Year Anthropology

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Your Academic Future A degree in one of our programmes of study offers a fascinating and enjoyable three-year experience exploring a variety of human societies and cultures, from the past and of the present, from across the world and from a range of different intellectual positions and directions. University education differs fundamentally from school. Here you are expected not just to learn your subject but also to question and wonder about it too. Academic enquiry expects you to use your knowledge to think about how our world can be improved, how ideas could be revised or enhanced, how to improve practice to promote social justice and how to encourage sustainability. Consequently, our course programmes are designed to inspire you to develop your powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging milieu. Such exploration enables you to acquire a range of intellectual and personal skills, including the self-confidence to work effectively independently or as the member of a team. In the end it will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment.

ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY & ANTHROPOLOGY Scholarships and Bursaries Academic Excellence Awards A number of awards of up to £1,000 are available to high achieving students entering Trinity Saint David, based on their UCAS tariff score.

Trinity Saint David Bursary - The University has a number of bursaries (worth up to £1,000) which are targeted at full-time students from low income households.

FE/HE progression - A number of

Accommodation The Lampeter campus is fortunate in having little difficulty in accommodating its students with about 60% living in University accommodation on campus. Compared to other Universities its rates are amongst the most competitive in the UK. We automatically accommodate first year students on campus, but of course, if you prefer to live in the town or in the surrounding countryside and villages there are shared houses or cottages suitable for students at reasonable prices. Naturally those students who give a ‘firm’ acceptance to the University will get the first choice of the range of accommodation. University accommodation consists of about 15 different halls of residence ranging in size from 6/7roomed houses to halls with from 75 rooms. Most of the rooms are self-catering and many of the rooms have en-suite facilities. We can offer accommodation for students with disabilities in our en-suite halls and have a number of specially designed suites with facilities such as accessible bathrooms and variegated height work surfaces. Students with special needs should contact the Accommodation Officer with details of their requirements at the earliest opportunity.

bursaries of up to £500 are available for students who are progressing from further education to higher education.

Internships - After you commence your course, you may apply for a bursary to enable you to work during your summer holidays. You can get up to £1,000 to work in a company or organisation related to your degree studies - giving your CV an extra boost!

Residential Bursaries - A number of residential bursaries of up to £1,000 are available to full fee-paying students. These bursaries are means-tested. Educational Vouchers - After commencing your course at University, you can apply for educational vouchers of up to £200 for a range of course-based and extracurricular activities including study visits, voice and instrumental coaching, sports equipment and special clothing, international exchanges, and conferences. | 7

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BA Ancient Civilisations


About the course From Greece to China and from Egypt to Mesoamerica, the Ancient Civilisations degree provides you with a thorough grounding in ancient civilisations from around the globe. The interdisciplinary nature of this course introduces you to an exciting variety of cultures that provides you with knowledge to pursue a stimulating selection of careers. In the first year, you will explore the variety and diversity of ancient societies, through their archaeology, texts, histories and mythologies in a series of introductory modules. Museum trips and research projects allow you to investigate these cultures first hand. In the second and third year, you will deepen your knowledge of these civilisations through a combination of wide-ranging modules and more focused specialist modules. You will investigate how the past is captured, interpreted and communicated through visits to archives or museums and through an examination of various case studies and or analyses of film, TV and other media.

You will be encouraged to develop your specific interests within three major areas, choosing from a range of options specialising in ancient religions, ancient texts or life and death in the ancient world. The culmination of the degree is the dissertation, where students are free to pursue a topic of their choice, and the special subject, based upon the tutor’s own research and publication specialism. Teaching generally takes place in small groups allowing for interaction, discussion and close support from tutors.

UCAS Code V901

Course Length 3 years full-time; part-time study available

Typical modules • Pharaohs, Phoenicians and Peoples of the Sea • Heaven and Hell and the Bit in Between: and Introduction to Classical Mythology • Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt • Religions in Antiquity • Celtic Religion • History and Civilization of Traditional China • Chinese Religion and Culture • Bronze Age Society in the East Mediterranean • Water and Society | 9


BA Archaeology and Anthropology


About the course

Typical modules


This degree in archaeology & anthropology encompasses the comparative study of people, culture and society in both the past and in the present. Archaeology and anthropology have previously been taught separately at British universities, however, recent developments in theory and method make this division look increasingly restrictive: archaeology is progressively more interested in ideas about society, whilst anthropology today looks at the past as comfortably as it has looked at the present. This degree scheme offers an exciting opportunity to take part in this convergence between the two disciplines by offering specialised courses devoted to exploring the synergies between them.

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Course Length 3 years full-time; part-time study available

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Text and Society Death and Burial Kinship, Gender and Sexuality Museums, Heritage and Representation • Human Evolution and the Origins of Human Behaviour • Water and Society in Latin America


BA History

KEY FACTS About the Course

Typical modules


This degree scheme provides the student with a thorough grounding in the full range, methodologies and practices of the discipline of history.

• The Holocaust • The Enlightenment, 1700-1820 • Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the hundred years War • Modern America • History and theory of Genocide • Wars of the Roses • The Irish Question: from Parnell to the Northern Irish Troubles, 18851998 • Europe in the Age of Revolution, Nationalism and Democracy, 17891945 • The Bomb: a Nuclear History • Medieval Monasticism: the Cistercians


In the first year, you will be introduced to new areas of study through an examination of various historical case studies and exploration of the historic environment, field trips and research projects, and by investigating how the past is captured, made and communicated through visits to archives or museums or analyses of film, TV and other media. In the second and third years, you will deepen your knowledge of the past through a combination of wide ranging modules, that survey long periods of time, and more focused, topic-centred specialist modules. This combination is extensive and covers all interests and preferences from, for example, studies of modern America, the Wars of the Roses, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and the Holocaust to Post-War Britain.

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BA Ancient History and Archaeology


About the Course

Typical modules


This degree scheme enables you to study the broad disciplines that make up both archaeology and ancient history. You will have the opportunity to study the material remains of ancient cultures and participate in excavations. You will study the historical and literary documents along with the material remains of ancient and classical sites and their associated artifacts. The archaeological section of the degree includes the study of the human past through an examination of physical remains such as stone tools, pottery and bones, through to buildings, structures, monuments and landscapes, while the ancient historical section widens the types of sources you will be studying by including textual and iconographic evidence.

• Pharaohs, Phoenicians and Peoples of the Sea • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World • Living and Dying in Imperial Rome • Text and Society • Water and Society • Bronze Age Society in Eastern Mediterranean • Sparta: An Extraordinary City • Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt • Religions in Antiquity

Course Length 3 years full-time; part-time study available

This degree also offers you a number of field trips both within the UK and abroad and at the core of this degree is an intensive field visit to the Mediterranean region: currently, students visit Naples. Expert guidance on these trips will be given by members of staff from both the Archaeology and Classics sections within the University.

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BA Archaeology

KEY FACTS About the course

Typical modules


Archaeology is the study of the human past through an examination of physical remains such as stone tools, pottery and bones, through to buildings, structures, monuments and landscapes. It attempts to reveal how both contemporary societies and past societies are organised, how humanity interacts with the environments and landscapes, and how ideas about the world are visible in the objects people have created.

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Excavation and Fieldwork Excavation and analysis Bronze Age Societies Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt Museums, Heritage and Representation Human Evolution Advanced Environmental Techniques Humans and their Environments in prehistoric Europe Origins and Innovations Castles in Context

Course Length 3 years full-time; part-time study available

To be able to understand the past in any depth engagement with theoretical and ethical issues is needed. This means we explore issues such as heritage, representation, land use, technology, environmental change, death, beliefs and the evolution of the human body, mind and ideas with a view to broadening and widening knowledge of how humanity has arrived at the position it is in now. As well as classroom activities you will participate in our annual excavation at the spectacular Cistercian monastery and hinterland of Strata Florida, a few miles north of the campus in the Cambrian Mountains. | 13


BA Anthropology


About the course


Anthropology is a challenging discipline that expects a lot from its students, but offers great rewards in return. Anthropology’s primary aim is to gain insight into the human condition as it manifests today, and it does this by investigating the wonderfully diverse responses humans have adopted to manage the conditions of life in the many extraordinary locations our planet offers. But it doesn’t stop there: it also wonders at how and why the ideas that are foundational to the human responses have come to be – how geography, history, psychology and group dynamics affect the way people behave and the conclusions they reach about each other and life itself. To do this we take you around the world on a journey of discovery that firstly shows you the many different ways humans have adapted to life on the planet, and then considers the ideas that underpin human responses so as to reveal and encourage sensitivity to diversity.

Course Length 3 years full-time; part-time study available

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We also have a unique approach to teaching anthropology – we recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour, and if you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to experience what it means to be an anthropologist. Indeed, Trinity Saint David is one of the few places where undergraduate students are provided with a practical training in anthropological research methodologies in addition to the theory which is integral to any academic qualification in anthropology. This emphasis on anthropology as the practice of theory means that Trinity Saint David graduates acquire a valuable set of transferable skills which will stand them in good stead in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

Typical modules • Fieldwork Methods and Ethics • Imagining the Other • Political and Economic Anthropology • Kinship, Gender and Sexuality • Reading Cultures • Human Evolution • Death and Burial • Anthropology in Context • People’s worlds: Lives and Livelihood • Philosophy of the Social Sciences

BA Medieval Studies


About the course Medieval Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary degree that allows you to explore the fascinating world of the Middle Ages. During your degree you will be exposed to the medieval representations of the world and its societies in terms of text - both documentary and literary - and other aspects of material culture, such as the medieval manuscript and the medieval castle and abbey. You will be able to see medieval manuscripts ‘in the flesh’ in the University’s Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, with its amazing collection of medieval manuscripts and incunables (books printed before 1500), and visit medieval abbeys, churches and castles in the vicinity of Lampeter. You will consider vital questions about medieval society: how power was held, wielded, manipulated - and retained or lost; the symbolism of architecture; the part religion played in constructing societies; and literacy and access to learning. The emphasis on interdisciplinarity means that you will be taught by members of staff from different disciplines who each bring their own approach to core questions about what distinguished this period of history.

The degree is structured around both the period itself and the research methodology used to understand the arena. In your first year we introduce you to the subject area and then go on to explore the methods medievalists use to understand the discipline. Modules are drawn from different subject areas: from Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Heroic literature to the comic tales of Chaucer, from the medieval castle to the monastery, from Charlemagne to the Wars of the Roses.

UCAS Code V130

Course Length 3 years full-time; part-time study available

Typical modules • • • • • •

Medieval England The Wars of the Roses Chaucer’s Comic Tales Medieval Europe Anglo-Saxon Heroic Literature Medieval Monasticism: the Cistercians and their World • Castles in Context | 15


BA Modern Historical Studies


About the course

Typical modules


The programme offers the opportunity to explore various political, social, military and cultural aspects of the modern period. It combines broadbased studies, covering several centuries and across different continents, with more focused modules that examine historical events and developments in greater depth.

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Course Length 3 years full-time; part-time study available

There is an emphasis, particularly in the latter modules, upon source materials and encouraging you to engage with the modern period through surviving testimonies, diaries, newspaper accounts, political papers, cartoons, speeches and TV/video footage. Alongside this, the programme introduces you to the historic environment around you by exploring various themes that have shaped the modern world, from nationalism and identity, to class and culture, war and memory. In addition, you are shown different concepts and methodologies for researching the modern period that will form the platform upon which you undertake your own source-based independent study.

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Modern Britain, 1776-1997 Britain and the Great War The Irish Question 1884-1998 Genocide in the Twentieth Century The Bomb: A Nuclear History


BA Archaeology Professional Practice


About the course

Typical modules


This new degree programme will enable you to specialise in the practice-based elements and to engage closely with archaeological and historical records. Central to the degree is the field excavation and survey plus work placement with a suitable professional partner. You will be introduced to the theoretical approaches within environmental archaeology, explore the practice of archaeologists within the UK regulatory framework and have the opportunity to develop field and laboratory skills in the School's dedicated palaeoenvironmental laboratories. Practical sessions are offered in pollen analysis, dendrochronology, soils and sediments, non-human animal bones and molluscs. You will be introduced to the wider issues of how humans have modified and transformed the land and their environment, reflecting on symbolic, social and political factors. This degree capitalises on the diversity of archaeological sites within the UK, including a variety of fieldwork-based projects.

• Excavation and Fieldwork Experience • Excavation and Analysis • Work placement • Post-Excavation Analysis • Humans and their Environments • Advanced Palaeoenvironmental Techniques • Introduction to Laboratory Techniques


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Your Lecturers Professor Janet Burton

Dr A Caseldine

BA (London), DPhil (York), FSA, FRHistS Professor of Medieval History Programme Coord for Medieval Studies

BSc, PGCE Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology

Dr Jemma Bezant

For further details please contact Admissions Tutor

Professor David Austin

BA, PG Dip, PhD, MIfA Lecturer in Archaeology

Dr Bryn Willcock

Dr John Crowther 01570 422351

MA (Cambridge) PhD (Hull) Reader in Environmental Science

School Administrator

BA (Southampton), DipArch (Durham) FSA Professor of Archaeology

Dr Jeremy Smith BA (Exeter) MA, PhD (London) Senior Lecturer in Modern History Programme Coord for History, Head of School

Dr Ros Coard BA, PhD (Sheffield) Senior Lecturer for Archaeology Programme Coord for Archaeology Landscape & Environmental Archaeology

Dr Louise Steel

Dr Penny Dransart Diploma in Art; PCTA (Jordanhill), MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxford), FSA (Scotland) Reader in Archaeology and Anthropology

Quentin Drew BA (Durham) Lecturer in Archaeology

Dr Erika Guttmann-Bond

BA, PhD Senior Lecturer in Archaeology Programme Coord for Ancient History & Archaeology

BA, MSc, PhD, MIFA, FHEA, FSA (Scot) Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Luci Attala

Dr Lester Mason

BA (Hons), Dip RN (Swansea), Cert PG Social Sciences (OU), Dip Body Language (Open College) Lecturer in Anthropology Programme Coord for Anthropology

BA (Open University), PhD (Wales) Lecturer in History

Dr Nick Campion BA (Camb), MA (London), PhD Senior Lecturer in Anthropology Programme Coord Cultural Astrology

Dr Andrew Abram BA, PhD (Wales), PGCE, MRHistS Lecturer in History

Dr Rod Bale BA (Hons), PhD(Wales) Palaeoenvironmental & Dendrochronology

Dr Martin Bates BSc, PhD (London) Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Ms Linda Jones Faculty Office 0300 500 1822

Nigel Naylng BA (Durham), MA (Bradford), MIFA, FSA Associate Professor Archaeology

Dr Andrew Petersen MA, MPhil, PhD Lecturer in Archaeology

Dr Bryn Willcock BA, MA, PhD (Swansea) Lecturer in Modern History

Dr Katherina Zinn Dip in Lib Sc, MA, PhD (Leipzig) Lecturer in Egyptology

Dr Martin Locock MA (Cantab), MIFA Senior Project Officer | 19

Further Information For further information please contact: Bryn Willcock 01570 422351 Or visit our website at

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