Edinburgh University, Dept of Archaeology

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Courses include British, European and Mediterranean prehistory, prehistoric & protohistoric Near East, underwater archaeology and environmental archaeology. Runs excavations and surveys in Scotland and abroad (currently in Cyprus, France and Slovenia).

What they say:

The building now occupied by Archaeology is the former Royal High School dating from 1777, whose pupils included Sir Walter Scott. Located in the heart of the city, it was recently refurbished and now provides greatly enhanced teaching, workshop and research space, including environmental and computer laboratories, a graphics studio, an extensive reference collection of European and Near Eastern archaeological material, as well as animal and fish bone reference collections.

Archaeology has a friendly and lively research atmosphere; there are weekly programmes of research seminars, lectures, and a student Archaeology Society that organizes lectures, field trips and social events.

What we say:

In the first two years students have the option to select options from across the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Teaching and research benefit from strong links with the National Museums of Scotland and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre. With six weeks of compulsory digging each year,   Edinburgh provides excellent practical education.

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