100th anniversary of teaching archaeology

Posted on 12 August 2019


100th anniversary of the teaching of archaeology

 June 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of the teaching of archaeology at University College Cardiff, now Cardiff University. A key part of this will be a reunion for all our graduates and former staff in a weekend of events June 5th- 7th 2020. 

There will also be related events throughout the year and we will let you have details of these as they take place. Completing the survey listed below will give us permission to keep you updated. You can also contact us (Jacqui Mulville, Paul Nicholson and Alan Lane) directly by email at archaeology100@cardiff.ac.uk  or by following this link to a very short online survey- www.cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cardiff-archaeology-2020

The beginning of the teaching of archaeology at Cardiff in 1920 makes us the oldest archaeology department in Wales, amongst the oldest in Britain, and probably the first to devote its teaching to British and European archaeology.  Our first appointment was one Mortimer Wheeler, whose post was shared with the National Museum.  He and his wife Tessa conducted major excavations in Wales and elsewhere, a tradition which our students and staff have continued in the UK and across the world.

Throughout 2020 the Department of Archaeology and Conservation (now part of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion) will be organising a series of events celebrating archaeology and conservation in Wales and beyond. We are keen to hear from former students, whether they have worked in archaeology and conservation or in other fields.


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