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Archaeology is an exciting course that lets you explore everything from ancient cultures and languages to human evolution and biology

Archaeology is an incredibly broad subject, ranging from the study of art and languages to social theories and archaeological science techniques such as ancient DNA analysis. Archaeologists look at the whole sweep of human history, excavating sites to recover evidence that tells us about ancient diets, rituals, symbolic systems, and much more. Archaeology is a flexible course that allows you to build a broad knowledge of a range of subjects or to specialise from your first year. The course includes practical work in various aspects of archaeology and most students participate in fieldwork during their undergraduate years. More information about the course can be found on the . 

Archaeology at 鶹

Archaeology is a relatively small subject: at 鶹 we typically admit one Archaeology student a year. However, the opportunity to take papers from related courses such as Classics, or Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) means you will often study with students from other disciplines. We work hard to build relationships with other Colleges, particularly the nearby ‘Colleges on the Hill’, and there are many opportunities to meet and work together with the wider Cambridge Archaeology cohort.

Typical offer

A Level: A*AA

IB: 42 (776)

Required subjects

No specific subjects are required.

Admissions assessment

Applicants are required to take a written assessment if invited for interview. You do not need to register in advance for this assessment. The College will provide details directly to you. Check the page for more details.

Written work

Applicants are required to submit one piece of written work. This should be an essay (not science coursework or a timed exam) with up to 1500 words. The work can be extracted from an EPQ.