Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Archaeology team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including a fully-equipped GIS, Mapping and Visualization Suite, which provides access to high-end computers, industry-standard software and other mapping-related equipment, supported by a dedicated technician. The suite also has its own A3 colour laser printer and A3 scanner for staff and student use. The Institute has a drone and helikite which can be used for the creation of aerial imagery and digital camcorders, cameras and microphones which students can use for data capture and creating podcasts. A further six science and geography technicians offer support with field and laboratory based work. Students have access to a research laboratory where they can work on projects and more generally, relevant laboratory equipment includes microscopes, DNA analysis equipment, laboratory ovens and soil testing equipment. The Institute also has geophysical (gradiometry and resistivity) and topographical (mapping and survey grade GPS, total stations, a laser scanner) survey equipment and a full field excavation kit. Specialist software packages such as ArcGIS, Digimap, Geoplot, Adobe illustrator and photogrammetry are also available.
We have a number of Archaeology research students currently undertaking research on topics including: the provenance of Mesolithic material from the Lower Wye Valley and southern Welsh Marches; the Romano-British period in Cumbria; cave use during the Mesolithic in western Britain; and the multi-period earthwork enclosures of the Mendip Hills, Somerset. Recently completed students have covered topics including the role of material culture in the early modern period in Worcester; the use of springs in Mesolithic Britain and Bronze Age round barrows on the Anglo-Welsh border.