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Archaeology and Anthropology - Libraries, Labs and Museums

The university has experienced faculty members. The faculty has two unique resources that are used widely in research and teaching. The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has an extensive array of world importance and the Haddon Library is one of the foremost institutions of its kinds. Both the institutions built up since the nineteenth century.

The faculty has a well-equipped IT lab. It also has purpose-built laboratories for archaeological and biological science. Students can access these resources through online links. These links are maintained with associated research centers in other university departments and across the globe.

Films and Fieldwork

The faculty is well supplied with a rare collection of ethnographic videos and films and multimedia equipment used broadly in research and teaching. The faculty also has an excellent teaching collection of biological, archaeological and ethnographic. The course encompasses theoretical as well as practical exercises. Students are given hands-on experience and research in their respective area. Students need to undertake dissertation work or practical exercises and obtain expertise in museum, laboratory, computing and field work.

Field Work

In this course, students have an excellent opportunity to travel widely. They go for research trips and fieldwork for all subjects. Students may prepare dissertations for third-year close to home. However, some undergraduates have researched their projects in Peru, India, Indonesia, Australia and South Africa. Students may receive financial assistance for such travel that may be available from university, faculty and college funds.

After Arch and Anth

For almost a hundred years, erstwhile anthropology and archaeology students have gone on to become well known in their respective field. Anthropologists and archaeologists from Cambridge consist of:

  • David Clarke
  • Edmund Leach
  • Louis Leakey
  • Dorothy Garrod
  • Marilyn Strathern
  • David Pilbeam

There are many students from Cambridge who have established their name at national and international level including sculptor Antony Gormley, poet Ted Hughes, author Tom Sharpe, erstwhile deputy chair of the Competition Commission Denise Kingsmill, chef and restaurateur Alistair Little, comedian Hugh Laurie and actor Thandie Newton.

The course equips students with a wide variety of assignments that enhance students' intellectual versatility, critical skills, analytical skills, international outlook and multicultural sensitivity. The employers seek for candidates with these skill sets. After completing this course, students may get into various fields such as management consultancy, personal relation (PR), commerce, media, advertising, and diplomacy. Some of the graduates choose other careers which build on their discipline consisting of teaching and research, museums, development agencies, conservation, NGOs, health, and heritage management. There is no particular subjects at 'A' level are required for archaeology and anthropology. However, it can be helpful if students' subjects are related to the area of the course wherein they hope to specialize, for example, sociology or history for anthropology, biology for biological anthropology, geography for archaeology, etc. Nevertheless, many subjects are relevant and a fine combination of arts and science subjects. The course provides students ample information about the subjects. Students who have completed the course have good career prospects.


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