School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

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  • Liverpool University has pioneered the study of the ancient world since 1881, developing unique facilities, such as our museum, libraries and laboratories.

    The School is now academic home to 40 staff, over 400 students, and over 100 postgraduates.

    Our internationally recognised expertise ranges from ancient languages to human evolution, creating a lively culture based around interdisciplinary debate and active research.


    The School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology has four formal research groups, each with related seminar series, plus six other research groupings, which together reflect our major research strengths and those areas in which we are internationally recognised.

    Each of the main research groups is a dynamic forum for the exchange of concepts and information. Each grouping has a vibrant seminar series that helps staff and postgraduates to integrate their research activities and interact with major external figures in their fields on a regular basis.

    Postgraduate Research Students

    At the core of the activities of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures is the desire for research excellence. The School has a wide-ranging research profile and an ambitious research strategy, with a thriving community of 119 postgraduates pursuing doctoral studies on either a full-time or part-time basis.

    Centre for Manx Studies - Laare-Studeyrys Manninagh

    Founded in 1992, the Centre is part of the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology in the University of Liverpool. Its primary functions are to: teach undergraduate and postgraduate students; carry out archaeological, cultural, environmental and historical research of international significance on the Isle of Man; further the international recognition of the Isle of Man in these subjects.

    The Garstang Museum of Archaeology

    The Garstang Museum of Archaeology, in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology is named in honour of Professor John Garstang, whose excavations in Egypt, Sudan and the Levant produced the majority of our archaeological collections.

    Between 1904-1914 Garstang's work at the cemetaries of Beni Hassan, Esna and Abydos in Upper Egypt produced a wealth of objects from burials of all periods of Egyptian civilisation, while his work at Nagada and Hierakonpolis, also in Upper Egypt, is critical for our understanding of the earliest phase of Egyptian history.

    The Garstang Museum also contains objects which came from his work outside Egypt, from Meroe in the Sudan, Jericho in the Levant, and Sakje Geuzi in Anatolia.

    The Museum displays some of the key objects in our collection, which also indicate the key areas of strength in teaching and research in the School - Egyptology, Classical Studies and Prehistoric and Near Eastern Archaeology.


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