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Archaeology & Anthropology Society

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Welcome to the University of Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Society! Established in 2004, the University of Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Society is an academic society dedicated to engaging with and exploring the fields of archaeology and anthropology. As a society we aim to promote, support, and develop student, alumni, and public interest and engagement with archaeology and anthropology.

Our society achieves our aims through a variety of activities. Our social events aim to cultivate an atmosphere where anyone can freely engage in discussions and debates over developments in the fields of archaeology and anthropology, while still relaxing and having a good time. We aim to create a community where students can meet and socialise, as well as introduceing them to new and exciting subjects from the fields of both archaeology and anthropology. Field trips – often led by experts – provide an opportunity to have firsthand experiences with archaeological material within their cultural and physical landscapes. Often field trips will engage with local communities attempting to develop a relationship between archaeology and anthropology.

The society also maintains a Facebook page and an Twitter page

Membership rates for:

  • Returning members: £3
  • New members (including a complimentary T-Shirt): £5



Committee 2020 - 2021

President - Amelie Wiseman (BA Archaeology and Anthroplogy)

Vice President - Sofie Therese Vorren (BA Anthroplogy)

Secretary - Erin Foster (BA Anthroplogy)

Treasurer - Ewan Hale (BA Archaeology and Anthropology)

Social Secretaries
Lydia Ropel (BA Archaeology and Anthropology)

Emma King (BA Archaeology and Anthropology)


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Socials and Formals


Arch and Anth Soc is first off an academic society so we run a lot of activities aimed to enhance and widen your experience of your degree, including our weekily lecture series as well as the odd field trip, and a couple other events in the works. We also like to go out, usually to the White Harte then to whatever club our social secs decree! These socials are often either linked to our parents scheme, fancy dress or just a chance for everyone to get together!

We hope to reintroduce our summer formal, the SPAARe PartS Ball, which we co hosted with the Social Policly, Religion and Theology and Sociology societies (hence the trippy capitalisation), as a chance to celebrate the end of another succesful and fun-filled year!  We also had a very successful Arch&Anth Winter Formal, that involved a three course meal and lots of dancing - another event we plan to bring back this year!

Our other traditional annual events will obviously be returning amidst all these other exciting new socials we a running for you.  Help defend the coveted Golden Trowel from the post grads at the Christmas Quiz, and meet next year's committee when they run the Summer BBQ at the end of the Berkeley dig.

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Membership to the society gets you some great benefits. Not only do you receive a free t-shirt but you also get discounts on nights out and other great offers throughout the year. Membership for 2020-2021 will be available from Freshers Week.


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Presidents Past


Archaeology and Anthropology Society (ArchAnthSoc)

2018 - 2019             Daniel Brown

2017 - 2018             Declan Bell-Evans

2016 – 2017            Joseph Sprecher

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 and Hannah Toms

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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Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


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