Our research is motivated by the desire to apply knowledge to contemporary concerns by using anthropology and archaeology as tools of the ‘long view’.
Our four-field approach means we are uniquely placed to address key issues in contemporary society, reflected in three key cross-cutting research themes:
- adversity - we address the resilience of humanity in the face of major challenges past and present, such as disease, conflict and technological change
- adaptation - we explore the biological and cultural evolutionary processes that generate human diversity
- globalisation - we discover how the movements of people, ideas, and objects articulate with continuity and change from the Neolithic to the present day
Field research creates our primary material, and staff share a strong commitment to empirical and ethnographic research that reveals the material evidence of the past, and the scope of behaviours and beliefs in contemporary communities across the globe. Current archaeological and anthropological fieldwork takes place in the UK, Jordan, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, France, Mongolia, Slovenia, Cameroon, Hungary, Finland, and the USA.
Current projects and collaborations
- EUROTAST Network (2012-2016): PI: Kate Robson Brown
- NEOMILK (2013-2018). PI Richard Evershed. CIs: Alex Bentley, Volker Heyd
- The Social Context of Technology (2014-2017). PI: Joanna Brück
- VARIKIN (2015-2020). PI: Fiona Jordan
- Yamnaya Impact PI: Volker Heyd
- D-PLACE PI: Fiona Jordan
- Ecology of Infectious Disease PI: Mhairi Gibson
- i-bone CI: Volker Heyd
- Sealinks CI: Mark Horton
- Songo Mnara CIs: Kate Robson Brown, Mark Horton
- The Power of Relics (2015-2016). PI: Joanna Brück
- Labour saving in Africa: Mhairi Gibson
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Research in the faculty
Our research forms part of the overall research activities and strategies of the Faculty of Arts.