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Rare archaeological find could be the first time unique pottery seen in the South West

Archaeologists excavating a site where Iron Age, Roman, and early medieval communities lived for more than a thousand years have unearthed pottery believed to have never been seen before in the South West.

Ancient Devon community had a taste for exotic food and drink

Devon farmers who made their home in the same remote location for 1,200 years had a taste for exotic imported food and drink, archaeologists have found.

First archaeological survey of Exeter Cathedral Green for a generation to take place

The first full-scale archaeological survey of Exeter’s Cathedral Green is taking place as experts try to find out what secrets still lie beneath the ground in the ancient area.

Communities to work with archaeologists to research history of Devon and Cornwall, thanks to National Lottery players

Communities in Devon and Cornwall will be able to research the history of Roman, Iron Age and medieval settlements in the region by helping experts on a major archaeological dig and associated surveys this year.

Hundreds of ancient earthworks built in the Amazon

The Amazonian rainforest was transformed over two thousand years ago by people who built hundreds of large, mysterious earthworks.

Real Game of Thrones brought anarchy to the UK, experts find

England’s first civil war, a real Game of Thrones power struggle between two cousins, brought anarchy to the UK in the twelfth century AD.

Professor Alan Outram to give his inaugural lecture on ‘The Origins of Equestrianism and Dairying: Understanding the Legacy of Eurasia’s Early Pastoralists'

Professor Alan Outram will be giving his inaugural lecture on Monday 10 October.

New drone technology will uncover secrets of Amazonian tribes

Experts hope to uncover the hidden secrets of ancient Amazon tribes and their effect on modern vegetation using revolutionary new drone technology.

Humanities continues to score highly for student satisfaction in National Student Survey 2016

Latest results in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 show that the College of Humanities continues to score highly - with students among the most satisfied within UK universities. 

Ancient Brazilians occupied the same homes for centuries

Ancient inhabitants of the southern Brazilian highlands were no strangers to the types of home improvements we enjoy today, academics from the University of Exeter have found.

Devon village had links with the Roman empire

A team of archaeologists, students and local volunteers have unearthed evidence of a Romano-British settlement in a rural Devon village.

College of Humanities's successful partnership with NIAS

The College of Humanities is planning the next five years of its successful partnership with NIAS (National Institute of Advanced Studies) Bangalore, following the visit of its Director, Dr Baldev Raj and Head of Administration and Finance, Mr. Srinivasa Aithal, on 9-10 May 2016.

Archaeologists give school children a taste of ancient bread making

Archaeologists from the University of Exeter will be taking the art of Roman bread-baking into two Devon schools next week as part of a community initiative to engage young people in their local ancient heritage.

Mysterious mounds created by earthworms

Mysterious spectacular mounds found in the earth in tropical wetlands in South America are created by earthworms, researchers have found.

Humanities alumna wins prestigious archaeology research prize

Recent Archaeology alumna, Ellie March, has won the prestigious Geoff Egan Prize of the Finds Research Group (FRG)

Residents invited to join Exeter archaeologists in unearthing Devon's past

Budding archaeologists will have the opportunity to help unearth Devon's Roman past on a University of Exeter excavation this summer.

Humanities Success at the Teaching Awards 2016

The College of Humanities achieved fantastic success at the Teaching Awards 2016, with five winners and five runners-up, including Best Subject for English.

New laboratories to preserve precious artefacts for the future

University of Exeter experts will be able to examine and preserve important historical objects thanks to a new £1.2m Digital Humanities research space.

Exeter subjects ranked amongst very best in the world

The University of Exeter’s status as one of the best academic institutions in the world has been confirmed by new global subject rankings.

University expertise key in “treasure” inquest

University of Exeter expertise has helped uncover the origins of treasure found by a metal detector on Devon farmland.

Archaeology project will uncover Exeter’s hidden secrets

Secrets from Exeter’s past will be fully uncovered for the first time as part of a major archaeology project.

Archaeology student involved in excavation shortlisted for prestigious Current Archaeology magazine award.

Richard Bennett is waiting to hear if the dig at Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain will be the winner in its category ‘Rescue Dig of the Year’.

Prize for research documenting a trans-Atlantic origin of Ice Age Americans

University of Exeter research which details fascinating evidence about the early inhabitants of North America has been awarded a prestigious prize.

Climate change may have had a huge impact on ancient South American civilisations

Climate change may have brought huge disruption to ancient South American societies before Europeans arrived in 1492, University of Exeter academics have discovered.

Entries are now open for the 2016 Paddon Award Arts Competition

The Paddon Award Arts Competition has returned for another year. In honour of the University’s Diamond Jubilee, the theme for entries for this year’s award is ‘Celebration’.  

University of Exeter AHRC DTP Open Event

The University of Exeter will be hosting an Open Event to provide those interested in applying for AHRC DTP funding with an opportunity to learn more about studying for a PhD with Exeter.

A new countryside legacy from Roman Britain

New research from the University of Exeter has found that the Roman influence on our landscape extends beyond the legacy of our urban infrastructure to also shape the countryside and our rural surroundings.

Early farmers exploited beehive products at least 8,500 years ago

Humans have been exploiting bees as far back as the Stone Age, according to new collaborative research involving the University of Exeter that is published in Nature today.

College of Humanities consolidates its UK-leading position in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

Exeter has maintained its outstanding position at 7th in the prestigious The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide as well as being proclaimed Sports University of the Year.

Ancient storage jar discovered under Roman Road

An archaeological dig in a rural Devon village is yielding more ancient secrets.

Guardian ranking means Exeter now top 10 in all UK league tables

The University of Exeter has been ranked as one of the top 10 UK universities in the influential Guardian University Guide 2016.

Success for the College of Humanities at Students' Guild Teaching Awards

The College of Humanities achieved great success at the Students' Guild Teaching Awards, with four winners and four runners-up, more than any other College in the University.

All Humanities subjects placed in top ten of the Complete University Guide 2016

Disciplines from the College of Humanities have reinforced their positions amongst the best in the UK.

Complex cognition shaped the Stone Age hand axe

New research has shown that the ability to make a Stone Age hand axe depends on complex cognitive control and memory.

Legacy of archaeologist Mick Aston to enhance community engagement at Ipplepen

The College of Humanities has received a generous legacy donation from late archaeologist Professor Mick Aston, to benefit its Archaeology department.

Study seeks to understand Amazonia's past to ensure its sustainable future

A new international project led by the University of Exeter will investigate the Amazon’s sustainable future by studying the way that ancient societies used and transformed the environment.

Skeletons uncovered at Ipplepen reveals major Roman cemetery

15 ancient skeletons have been discovered on an archaeological dig in Ipplepen, a major Romano-British settlement in Devon and now the best preserved Roman cemetery.

Exeter Humanities subjects ranked amongst very best in the world

The University of Exeter’s status as one of the best academic institutions in the world has been confirmed by new global subject rankings.

PhD studentships available for split-site Archaeology programme with Cranfield Forensic Institute.

Two studentships are on offer - one to study primarily at Exeter's Streatham Campus, the other is based at Cranfield;s Shrivenham Campus.