Welcome to the department of archaeology and ancient History

The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University is one of the oldest and largest archaeological departments in Sweden. The department is ranked 89th in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking (2024) and one of the top 150 according to the QS World University Ranking (2023).

Our department provides a vital environment for research and teaching in archaeology and ancient history, and has done so since 1805.

The department consists of five sections/research units:

Students come to us to learn more about cultures and societies in the past, and the material culture and written sources they have left behind.

Our students learn how to analyse and interpret a range of source materials, from tiny burnt bones to imposing buildings. Great emphasis is put on the practical as well as theoretical nature of our disciplines. This means that our students work hands on with actual artefacts, participate in archaeological fieldwork as well as explore different theoretical perspectives through which the source material may be interpreted. Not only material culture is studied but written sources as well, such as ancient historical texts and inscriptions, and several of our courses underscore how artefacts and texts can be combined to reach a deeper understanding of the past.


We offer...

...a rich, multidisciplinary and international research and teaching environment.

...a flexible degree structure with freestanding undergraduate and graduate courses that you can combine into whatever degree profile you want.

...a wide range of coursesspanning both prehistoric and historic periods and covering large parts of the world.

...one of the leading departments in the world for research and teaching in digital archaeology, with courses in the latest methods for documentation and visualisation.

...Sweden's only international master´s programme in archaeologywith students from all over the world—Lund University is the number one choice for international students in Sweden.

...Supplemental Instruction with peer-assisted study groups on all our basic courses.

...laboratories with archaeological and osteological collections.

...field work opportunities at all levels, with excavations at e.g. Uppåkra—the largest and wealthiest Iron Age settlement in Scandinavia.

...close collaboration with the Humanities Labat Lund University.

...close collaboration with the Swedish Institutes in Rome and Athens.

...access to several important museums, such as the Historical Museum at Lund University, Kulturen in Lund, and the National Museum of Denmark, The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen.

...one of the oldest student societies in Lund, KNUT, active since 1986 with novisch activities, game nights, excursions and guest lectures.

...a vibrant academic environment at LUX—Lund University's centre for the humanities and theology in the heart of Lund.


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