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Major project to refocus archaeology teaching

10 March 2005

UCL is the lead partner in the Archive Archaeology Project, a major three-year programme undertaken with the universities of Bristol and Durham.

The £250,000 project aims to refocus how archaeology is taught in universities by re-emphasising the value of the hands-on study of material held in archaeological archives, museum collections, and sites and monuments record centres.

Project Manager Mr Gustav Milne (UCL Institute of Archaeology) said: "Archaeology is too often seen as synonymous with excavation, rather than its more accurate definition, the study of the physical remains of our past. UCL is running a pilot project in close collaboration with the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive & Research Centre to encourage use of these resources."

As well as pilot projects at each institution, regional workshops and annual surveys will be conducted to involve all university archaeology departments in the scheme. In addition conferences, newsletters and a webpage will disseminate information about the project, which will lead to the production and publication of clear guidelines for teaching and learning related to Archive Archaeology in higher education.

Mr Milne said: "To improve the teaching and learning of aspects of archive archaeology at UCL, the subject's profile will be raised through new lectures within the institute's curriculum, establishing new programmes of archive archaeology workshops and work placements at the Museum of London. For example, a sound understanding of archive archaeology is an essential element in the training of well-rounded archaeology graduates, opens up profitable areas of potential research, makes them better fieldworkers, provides them with more transferable skills and increases their employability."

UCL's pilot programme, together with the associated pilots at Durham and Bristol, will form the blueprint for the teaching of archive archaeology nationwide. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded initiative was launched at the British Academy on 11 March 2005.

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UCL Institute of Archaeology