Archaeology at Lincoln

MSc Archaeological Practice 

Archaeology offers a fascinating, varied, and worthwhile career with opportunities to make, analyse, and interpret new discoveries from the past, which can be marvelled at today and preserved for the future.

There is high demand for archaeologists in the UK and Lincoln’s new MSc Archaeological Practice has been designed to provide a route into professional archaeological practice for those with a degree in an alternative subject, or those with equivalent skills or experience wanting to change career.

Due to commence in 2024, this Master's programme will offer a broad-ranging introduction to UK archaeology where students can gain practical experience, undertake a three-month placement, and produce a dissertation, while benefiting from expert teaching in a beautiful and historic city.

Applications for MSc Archaeological Practice are expected to open in September 2023. For more information, please contact Professor Carenza Lewis.


Meet the Academic

Professor Carenza Lewis has been an archaeological surveyor for the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments and was one of the original presenters for Channel 4’s hugely popular series Time Team. She has led of scores of archaeological fieldwork projects as Director of Access Cambridge Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. In 2023 Professor Lewis was awarded the highly prestigious Landscape Archaeology medal by the British Academy.

Profile of Professor Carenza Lewis

Staff Expertise 

The Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage offers expert teaching underpinned by a vibrant research culture and is home to staff working at the forefront of their respective fields.

Dr Lacey Wallace is Senior Lecturer in Roman History and Material Culture, and a field archaeologist with research specialisation in the later Iron Age and Roman period in northwest Europe, especially Roman Britain. Her research focuses on the origins of urbanism, rural settlement, social landscapes, and digital methods in archaeology.

Mark Gardiner is Professor of Medieval Archaeology and has undertaken excavations in Northern Ireland, Shetland, and Norway, as well as surveys in Greenland, Iceland, the Faroes, and Norway. He has served as President of the Society for Medieval Archaeology and as Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute.

Mark also leads Lincoln Conservation – a company that combines research, teaching, and commercial expertise. It specialises in architectural paint research and the digital and physical conservation of historic objects, decorative schemes, and buildings. The expertise of its consultants has helped to inform the restoration of the Midland Grand Hotel (now known as the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel), HMS Victory, and Southwell Minster.


The City as Your Classroom

Home to a 1000-year-old cathedral, a medieval castle, and Roman ruins, Lincoln is an ideal location in which to study our past. Local archaeological discoveries are showcased at The Lincoln Museum, and you can discover more about the county’s rich aviation heritage at the International Bomber Command Centre.

The view of Lincoln Cathedral from Lincoln Castle walls