Number of students per year: 1 - 2

Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB. For other qualifications, please click here.

Essential subjects: None.

Useful subjects: The Archaeology department suggests that subjects such as Geography, Classics, History, Natural Sciences such as Physics or Biology, and languages may be good preparation for studying Archaeology. You may find it useful to take at least one essay-based subject. 

Archaeology at Clare 

Clare College has a small but active cohort in Archaeology. The Fellowship includes members in Biological Anthropology and associates in Archaeology and Egyptology. The current Director of Studies also supervises during the Part I year to ensure our students have the support they need. 

The Archaeology faculty is located on the Downing site, a short walk through town from Clare College. The faculty buildings are close to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Henry Wellcome Building, which houses extensive facilities for Biological Anthropology.

Clare Archaeology has a small social group that meets several times a year along with students from Sidney Sussex College, which allows students to enhance their academic experience beyond the department and creates a close-knit community within the Colleges. Recent activities have included presentations from College post-graduates, a dissertation discussion group and undergraduate dissertation presentations. These groups are led by undergraduates, and are informal but informative. 

Archaeology at Clare provides an excellent opportunity to develop your academic career in archaeology and biological anthropology.

Key people


Dr Sheila Kohring

Director of Studies & Manager of the Material Culture Laboratory, Division of Archaeology

My work focuses on technological practices as they related to community relationships and about how technologies help shape identities. 

I have worked primarily on 3rdmillennium BC pottery and art in western Europe, although I have studied ceramic technology more widely and my interests have extended to prehistoric lithic technology as well.

I am also interested in ideas of the body and health as embedded social concepts in prehistory.  I have conducted fieldwork in Belize, the eastern United States, Spain, The Channel Islands, southern and eastern England and Myanmar.


Professor Marta Lahr

Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology and Prehistory

My interests cover many aspects of human evolution, from the study of morphological evolution in the genus Homo, to human evolutionary history and dispersals, evolutionary genetics and adaptation in hunter-gatherers, the formation of population boundaries, and the evolution of diversity in technology and tools.