Taught course

Ceramic and Lithic Analysis for Archaeologists

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related subject English Language IELTS 6.5, or equivalent in other approved English language test. For further information, please see our website.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Ceramic and Lithic Analysis for Archaeologists is designed to provide a thorough grounding in the recording, analysis and interpretation of pottery and worked stone (not chipped stone).

Pottery and worked stone artefacts form two of the largest groups of finds recovered from archaeological excavations and surveys of all periods across the world. Their proper study can provide information about a wide range of different aspects of past societies.

This programme builds on our established international reputation in ceramics and lithics. We support scientific and socially oriented research, with intensive practical teaching, and a dynamic and innovative approach to assemblages, integrating theory and methodology. This is an ideal entry to commercial archaeological ceramics/lithics analysis, or to further academic research.

Assessment methods: This programme is divided into 180 credits. 105 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 75 credits relating to the dissertation (25,000 words).

Modules: Ceramic and lithic projects for archaeologists; principles of ceramic and lithic archaeology; research skills; plus 2 optional modules from: archaeological petrology; ceramics and lithics in context; dissertation.

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Fees and funding



Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 6809