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Our research

We are a strongly interdisciplinary department including more than 50 active researchers and some 100 PhD students, where historians (including ancient historians) work together with classicists and archaeologists.

Our collective expertise in archaeology, ancient history and classics, medieval, early modern, and modern and contemporary history spans the whole of the human past from pre-history to the late twentieth century. We all collaborate across disciplines, areas and periods to push the conceptual boundaries that have long ordered the study of the past. We have a shared interest in approaches, methods, and theories straddling specialisms and disciplines, which we address in research strands sustained by research projects and research centres.

We have long been recognised as a centre of excellence and we pride ourselves on our inclusivity. We publish in 23 languages. Our research is driven by our commitment to engaging diverse audiences and publics, and together we see the study of the past as crucial for making a difference in the world.

Our facilities for research range from internal seedcorn funding opportunities to active research clusters to ever-expanding collections of online resources.