Humans have lived on this planet for over 3 million years – yet our written records span at most a few thousand years. Archaeology is the only way that we can gain access most of our species’ past, addressing such questions as: What brought about social inequality? What led to the development of the first cities? When and how did we start shaping our environment?

Archaeology is the study of our past, in all its social, cultural and biological diversity. At Cambridge it is an outstandingly broad and exciting subject, equally rewarding for those who feel at home in the sciences, the humanities, or both. The degree encompasses multiple tracks – Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Assyriology and Egyptology – through teaching that combines lectures, seminars, practical work, language classes, lab experience, fieldwork and research projects.