Archaeology at the University of Glasgow offers an exciting introduction to the study of the material remains of the past societies, linking fieldwork and laboratory analysis with theoretical reflection and sophisticated interpretation.

In recent years our staff and students could be found on such diverse activities as excavating Viking houses in Iceland, analysing ancient flowers in a Bronze Age dagger burial in Scotland, using aerial reconnaissance to map the Roman frontier in Romania, or undertaking survey work in the olive groves of Sardinia.

We are the leading archaeology department in Scotland, and in the most recent (2015) Guardian University Guide League Table we have the highest score for student satisfaction with teaching (99.8%) of all UK archaeology departments.

Our students are lively and committed, and our teaching has been strongly commended in our most recent (2009) Teaching and Learning Review. We are proud of our high student satisfaction scores (96%) in the National Student Survey of 2010, and are committed to helping students with new methods such as podcast lectures and extensive web-based resources.

Through our links with national bodies, recent students have gained employment in Historic Scotland, the Archaeology Data Service, National Museums Scotland, and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, as well as in the fields of academia and business.


  • Scottish archaeology: particularly in the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods and the Celtic, Pictish and Viking areas
  • Mediterranean archaeology: from Spain to Turkey, from Bronze Age mining to post-colonial studies
  • Hunterian: the internationally famous collections of the university museum are an excellent resource for research and teaching
  • Practical archaeology: our own field school gives students a strong grounding in excavation techniques