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Archaeology: New students

New undergraduates

New undergraduates

Welcome message from Professor Naomi Sykes

Congratulations on joining Archaeology at Exeter, and welcome to one of the most successful and vibrant departments in the country. Archaeology, as a discipline, will offer you a wide range of personal, academic and practical skills which will stand you in good stead for whatever future course you decide to take. We are currently involved in many exciting projects in Britain and around the world, and in addition to your academic classes, there will be many opportunities to become personally involved with this research. We look forward to meeting you in Freshers' Week.

Professor Naomi Sykes

Head of Archaeology

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Ahead of your arrival, please complete our online pre-arrival induction which is available via FutureLearn; your Exeter email will have a message with the link. The induction is full of important information and advice about your studies and life as a student here. It also contains activities and discussion boards so you can start to get to know other students even before you start your course.

We strongly recommend that you access this as soon as possible and make the most of this fantastic opportunity to learn more about us, your peers and your programme.

Freshers’ Week 2022: Monday 19 September - Sunday 25 September

During Fresher's Week you should attend the Academic Induction events and activities for your subject/s, as detailed below. If there is any reason why you may not be here for Fresher's Week, please contact the Amory Hub, who support Archaeology students, as soon as possible by emailing

The Student's Guild is also running welcome events throughout the week, including a Welcome Festival and regular guided tours of campus.

Please check your academic timetable during Freshers’ Week, so that you know exactly where and when you need to attend your first classes and lectures! If you have any timetable-related problems or questions, please contact the Amory Hub at

The purpose of Academic Induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, familiarise yourself with your academic buildings, and meet fellow students and the academic staff for your subjects. These sessions form the core part of your Freshers' Week timetable and we expect all students to be present at these compulsory sessions, either in person or online as appropriate.

 If you need any advice about issues or clashes within your Freshers' Week timetable please contact

Timetable for new undergraduate students studying Archaeology

Date Start Finish Details Location
Tuesday 20 September 14:00


Archaeology Welcome Talk

Room LT6, Laver Building
Tuesday 20 September 15:30


Meet your Tutor

Laver Foyer
Tuesday 20 September 16:00


Departmental reception for incoming students

Laver Foyer,Laver LT3

Social activities timetable

Please note that attendance at the events below is optional. 

Date Start Finish Details Location
Tuesday 20 September 13:00 15:00 Queen's Picnic - Eventbrite link here Queen’s Arboretum
Wednesday 21 September 12:00 15:00 Explore the Lab - Eventbrite link here Digital Humanities Lab
Thursday 22 September 16:30 19:00 Welcome to the Department social event - Eventbrite link here Positive Light, 184-7 Sidwell Street
Friday 23 September 12:00 14:00 Playful Cafe - Eventbrite link here Harrison 103

Archaerology Forum

If you're unable to attend the induction activities in person, you can view the information online at the Archaeology Forum

Please also be aware that an optional Humanities and Social Sciences Information Fair will be held in Amory C501 from 13:30 to 15:00 on Wednesday 21st September.

Joining instructions

If you wish to start with some reading before you arrive in Exeter, please view the Archaeology 2022 Reading list‌. Please note that these reading lists are only here as guidance and for those interested, you are not expected to purchase these books. 

Modules for Combined Honours programmes

For students on Combined Honours programmes, module choice information will be released and co-ordinated by the lead discipline for the programme, that is the first named subject in the degree title. For example, BA Archaeology and Anthropology is led by the Archaeology department; BA Philosophy and Theology is led by the Philosophy department. (Please see the ‘Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours Students’ link above for more information).

Useful information

Modules are available at a range of levels from Beginners to Advanced via the Language Centre in:

• French
• German
• Italian
• Japanese
• Korean
• Mandarin Chinese
• Russian
• Spanish
• British Sign Language

We can help you get the language you study with us named on your degree title. This involves successfully completing a minimum of 60 credits in one language taken through the Language Centre. You could choose to start a new language from scratch or develop an existing one. For example, a Geography student who passes 30 credits at Spanish Beginners and a further 30 credits at Spanish Intermediate 1 could have their degree title amended to BA (Hons) Geography with proficiency in Spanish.

If you are not able to take a language as part of your programme due to timetabling constraints, or if you are interested in studying a language that is not currently available via modularity, our Language Centre also runs an Evening Language Programme with many more language options.

To find out more about language modules and other languages offered by different departments see the Language Centre webpage.