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Picture of- From Left: Jes Cooban, Matthew Clear, Jean Munroe, Robert Kirby, Bernadette d’Almeida, Katie Meheux, Tony Lawless
From Left: Jes Cooban, Matthew Clear, Jean Munroe, Robert Kirby, Bernadette d’Almeida, Katie Meheux, Tony Lawless.

The Institute of Archaeology was founded in 1937. The Institute is the single largest such department in the country and enjoys a world-wide reputation in its field.

The Library is to be found on the fifth floor where it moved three years ago. It supports the teaching and research interests of the Institute and is recognised as a collection of national importance, itself attracting scholars from elsewhere in the UK and from all over the world.

It has important historical collections over a wide range of subjects. It is particularly strong in the archaeology of the ancient Near East, Egyptology, and sub-Saharan Africa and Europe of the period of the migrations. It also places great emphasis on the theoretical side of the subject and the scientific disciplines employed in archaeology (including as well as excavation techniques the science of materials and their conservation). One of the areas of greatest growth over the last few years has been in courses offered in museum studies and public archaeology.

The Library subscribes to over 700 current journals, many of them on a gift or exchange basis with its own publications. It has a large collection of Issue Desk books and teaching collection items to support teaching at the undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, as well as purchasing widely in research monographs.

It also has an impressive archive of manuscript materials now housed with the Library MSS and

Rare Books department in the Science Library, including papers of pioneers in the field such as W.M.F. Petrie and Gordon Childe (to name only two seminal figures) as well as early photographic materials (contact: Gill Furlong:

The Library is busy but very friendly. You will always be assured of a welcome in Gordon Square.

Content by Robert Kirby

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