Conflict and Heritage Archaeology is a unique programme that reflects the central role which the internationally renowned Centre for Battlefield Archaeology has played in the development of archaeological approaches to battlefields and other aspects of conflict heritage. Over recent years battlefields have come to be accepted as important elements of the world’s cultural heritage and this programme will provide an ideal grounding for those interested in the archaeological potential of these fields of conflict. From battlefield archaeology, to the anthropology of warfare, to archaeologies of confinement, the programme will explore in depth the many and varied ways that human conflict can be interrogated via an archaeologically focused interdisciplinary approach, encompassing time periods from the prehistoric to the modern.
As a PGT student, you will benefit directly from the Centre’s portfolio of past and present research, which includes investigations of various conflict sites such as the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 in South Africa, the Jacobite rebellions in Scotland, excavations of First World War trenches on the Western Front, the WWII Stalag Luft III POW camp, to name but a few. Students will also benefit from the experience of leading experts based outside of the Centre and the University, who will on various occasions give guest lectures as part of the course. Additionally, we are actively engaged in a number of field projects, both within the UK and overseas.