Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsIf you've enjoyed this course and you'd like to find out more about the real, not virtual, Reading Field School, please do have a look at the website. You can also find out more online about the kinds of archaeology degree that we offer at Reading. You might even like to come and see us in one of our university open days. It'd be great to have you along. And we'll show you around the department. Thanks very much for taking part in the course. Myself and the rest of team really hope that you've enjoyed yourself doing it. And we look forward to seeing you soon.

What next?

We hope that this course has provided a taster of archaeology, both during a large excavation and after, in the lab. If you’re keen to continue learning more about the subject, the following links will be useful.

At the University of Reading

If you’re keen to take your learning to the next stage, there’s a range of courses on offer at the University of Reading. You can find out more about our Undergraduate courses on our website.

The great thing about our archaeology course, is that it helps students gain an array of new skills as well as build on existing ones, which will prepare them for any career they choose. Here is what some of our graduates have had to say about their time at University of Reading:

Tim Ager (Managing Director of Celestix Networks – a high tech IT security firm) “Business is about understanding people, and archaeology taught me that in order to understand people you need to understand their culture first. The analytical nature of the course and the patience needed to excavate and assess finds has also taught me how to approach challenges in a methodical manner”.

Lizzi Hollis (Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie Cancer Care) “Even though I decided not to pursue a career in archaeology, my time studying it was invaluable, giving me confidence to talk about a subject assertively. I was given huge support from the department in pursuing my dreams. I learnt invaluable transferable skills (such as working in a team and how to communicate a message to a variety of different people, regardless of age, ability, or knowledge) through my time as a trainee supervisor at the field school – this is a skill I use every day as a fundraiser”.

Robert McNeil (Head of Media & Communications, The Migration Observatory, University of Oxford – an impartial and independent migration analysis centre) “My archaeology degree and the skills I learned while undertaking it have been fundamental to a career as a journalist and media specialist … archaeology proved to be useful – a degree somewhere between the arts and the sciences, which provides a grounding for dealing with scientists as well as communicators”.

Alice Rose (Osteoarchaeologist for Oxford Archaeology – a commercial archaeological excavation company.) “I would not be where I am now without studying skeletal anatomy and palaeopathology at Reading, which allowed me to pursue an MSc in Palaeopathology at Durham. It was also due to connections with Reading University and skills learned through the field school and other excavations that I gained a job at Oxford Archaeology”.

Or you can come visit us! Our open days will give you a great chance to find out more about the department, to see our facilities, and also do some hands-on archaeology.

The ‘real’ Field School

Keep updated on events by checking the Field School Website or via one of our social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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