Through field archaeology we collect our primary data, so every new version of the past depends on how well we do it.

For 40 years the department has championed the influential role of field method in archaeology and we are in the front line of developing new ways of doing, developing and teaching it: survey, excavation, recording, scientific analysis of every sort and especially interpretation - taking stories out of the ground and on to the bookshelves.

We have undertaken field projects in Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zanzibar and other countries. Our staff have pioneered value-led project design in the academic and commercial sectors, single unit recording and interpretation, multiconcept recording and interpretation, urban deposit mapping and wetland conservation.