UCC has been a leading centre for teaching and research in Archaeology ever since the first professor of the discipline, Bertram Windle, was appointed in 1909. Research features prominently in the work of the Department, driving the creation of knowledge about the human past, as well as informing our teaching programmes and the training of professional archaeologists. Staff members are actively involved in numerous research projects, both within Ireland and abroad, and also collaborate widely with other universities and institutes. Over the years we have gained a reputation for solid performance in teaching and research, with strong academic output to a high standard, as well as impressive income generation. There is a vibrant postgraduate culture, with a large number of MPhil and PhD researchers, as well as three taught masters programmes with research interests. Our strengths include architectural heritage and industrial archaeology, bioarchaeology, environmental archaeology, later prehistory, and Viking and early medieval studies. This research supports a strong teaching programme, which caters for school-leaver and life-long learners, and provides professional formation for those pursuing a career in Archaeology.
The Department is known for innovative fieldwork, and for its engagement in research and rescue excavation. Over the years we have conducted major research projects in Ireland and abroad, involving collaborations with many different institutions. Within the Irish university sector we have been leading proponents of scientific archaeology, with current strengths in physical anthropology, remote sensing and palynology. The Department has developed facilities to support this research effort, including project rooms for its four research groups, as well as environmental and osteoarchaeology laboratories, IT and fieldwork equipment. Over the years Archaeology has consistently been one of the highest earners of external research funding in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.