Archaeology & Anthropology Society

Welcome to the University of Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Society website!


Established in 2004, in its current form, the University of Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Society is an academic society dedicated to active engagement in the fields of archaeology and anthropology. As a society we aim to promote, support and develop students’, alumni, professionals’ and members of the public’s interests in archaeology and anthropology through the activities of the society.

Our society achieves our aims through a variety of activities. Our annual lecture series is open to the public and often includes some of the most important people studying archaeology and anthropology today. Field trips – often led by experts – provide an opportunity to have firsthand experiences with archaeological material within their cultural and physical landscapes. Often fieldtrips will engage with local communities attempting to develop a relationship between archaeology and anthropology. Finally, our social events aim to cultivate an atmosphere where students, alumni, professionals and members of the public can freely engage in discussions and debates over developments in the fields of archaeology and anthropology, while still relaxing and having a good time.

The society also maintains a Facebook page.

Membership rates for 2014- 2015 : £7






Friday 17th October - Keep up to date

Our next social is fast approaching! We will keep you up to date on here but for more information and the lastest plans, join the facebook page or follow us on twitter (@brisarchanthsoc).


Friday 17th  October - Membership Renewel

We are sorry to say that anyone who bought the life time membership offered a few years back will have to renew their membership or have proof of membership as the online list has been renewed and we no longer have proof of you paying the fees. All membership has been restarted from this year.  However please dont let that put you off rejoining. This year is going to be great there are already plans in place for lots of fun events and exciting trips as well as discounts on merchandise!  


Monday 29th September - Lecture Series 2014- 2015

Sadly we are not running the lecture series for the first term this year. Hopefully in the new year we will be able to restart the lecture series with renewed interest from our external members as well as students and staff. 
If you know anyone who would like to volunteer to hold a lecture next term please get in contact, we would love to hear from you. 


Committee 20:14 - 2015

Amrita Chahal
(BA Archaeology and Anthropology)

Vice President:
Rebecca Saunders 
(BA Archaeology and Anthropology)

Alex Cocker 

Sophie Jane Richardson 

Maya Levin Schtulberg

Social Secretaries:
Rafe  Dumbleton

Rebecca James 



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Lecture Series


The University of Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Society holds its annual lecture series in 43 Woodland Road – the Archaeology & Anthropology Department - fortnightly on Thursdays during term time at 5.30pm. This is a great opportunity, even if you have never studied archaeology or anthropology before, to see some of the world’s leading researchers in archaeology and anthropology talking about their passion. 

These evenings commence with a lecture of about an hour from a guest speaker followed by questions. After the lectures there is always a free reception. Often discussions with the speaker begin at the reception, fuelled by the laid back atmosphere. Once the reception has finished most people seek out a meal or stagger to the Highbury Vaults pub around the corner, where the night continues until the landlord turns off the lights and carries us onto the pavement!

For more details on this week's lecture or on any subsequent lectures in this year's series please visit the Union's Activities page. Alternatively, each week's lecture will be posted in the News section above.

The committee are very happy to recieve suggestions about the guest speaker. 

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Field Trips


Field trips are a great way to learn about the archaeology, heritage and culture of southwest Britain and the UK in general. This year the society is organizing a number of fieldtrips. More information on these will be advertised soon.

In the meantime, the committee would welcome any suggestions on a future weekend fieldtrip.


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Archaeologists and Anthropologists generally know how to party. It has something to do with working outside in the hot sun that leads us to thoroughly let loose when the sun goes down. So naturally the society’s socials can get somewhat messy and a bit crazy. If you thought it was just the students who went a bit crazy on nights out, you would be mistaken, the staff often join us and party harder than many of the students. Many of our socials are themed fancy dress and there are occasionally prizes for the best outfit. 

Our first social last year was a tribal bar crawl. We had an excellent turnout and was a great way to welcome back returning members as well as new members to the society. The society will hold a number of themed bar crawls throughout the year. These will be advertised around the department as well as on our Facebook page. They will also be advertised on this webpage too.

Our biggest social event of the year is our Christmas Party with the annual Christmas Quiz. The quiz is normally challenging and can often get heated. Everyone turns up for this event including most of the staff and many alumni members. 

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Membership to the society gets you some great benefits. Not only do you get in to all of our lecture series events free, but you also get discounts on field trips, events, hoodies, t-shirts and much, much more!

Membership rates for 2014 - 2015 are:

  • One year membership - £7



Presidents Past


Archaeology and Anthropology Society (ArchAnthSoc)

2015 - 2016             Amrita Chahal

2014 - 2015             Catherine Chapman 

2013 – 2014            Fred Brown

2012 – 2013            Georgina Feather

2011 – 2012            Ben Hussey

2010 – 2011            Chris Kerns

2009 – 2010            Ben Prime

2008 – 2009            Carsten Reinhard

2007 – 2008            Julie Dunne

2006 – 2007            Lynsey Fairweather and William White

2005 – 2006            Susan Stratton

2004 – 2005            Katherine Walker and Lydia Northcott

Archaeology Society (ArchSoc)

2003 – 2004            Vicky Rees and Jay Stocks

2002 – 2003            Jennifer Jackson and Andrew Winter

2001 – 2002            Becky Wragg and Catherine Shepherd

2000 – 2001            Naomi Payne and Katherine Bostock

1999 – 2000            Rik Hoggett

1998 – 1999            Dave Mullin

1997 – 1998            ?

1996 – 1997            ?

1995 – 1996            Laura Basell


 If you know anyone who was President of ArchSoc please post it to our Facebook page and we will add it to our list.


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