Lincoln College

Classical Archaeology & Ancient History

The sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi

The course

The course in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History combines the study of the history, archaeology and art of the classical world. It is aimed at anyone interested in ancient civilizations and their monuments.  We admit four new students each year.

This is a unique degree. It offers balanced courses in both the archaeological and the historical aspects of the classical Mediterranean cultures. The emphasis is on Greece and Rome but there are many courses on other peoples of the Mediterranean, from the Late Bronze Age to the end of Byzantium in AD1453.

Students look at the societies and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world through their written texts, art and material remains. There are two practical elements on the course:
  • At the end of the first year there is a fieldwork requirement on an excavation conducted by the University or on another approved project.
  • In the final two years there is a site/museum report, when students focus on the detailed study of a site or group of artifacts.

Although CAAH is mainly a non-linguistic degree, it is also possible to learn and use ancient languages. You can find details about the structure of the course and the options available, here.


Meet our Tutors

Professor Bert Smith

Dr Maria Stamatopoulou

Dr Harry Sidebottom

Dr Joshua Thomas

Dr Peter Haarer

Dr Lucy Audley-Miller


CAAH at Lincoln

Lincoln is one of the best places to study classical archaeology at Oxford. We have excellence in both personnel and resources. The University Chair in Classical Archaeology and Art is always held at Lincoln and the current holder is Professor Bert Smith, who specializes in Hellenistic and Roman sculpture and is the director of the excavations at Aphrodisias in Turkey.  Dr. Maria Stamatopoulou, the senior Tutorial Fellow, specializes in Greek archaeology of the first millennium BC with a special focus on Thessaly and northern Greece; Dr Joshua Thomas  and Dr Lucy Audley-Miller specialise in Roman Art and Archaeology. Our Lecurers are  Dr Harry Sidebottom,  Fellow of St Benet Hall, Lecturer in Ancient Roman History at Lincoln. His specialist interests are in Greek culture in the Roman empire and in the history of warfare in classical antiquity. Dr Peter Haarer is our lecturer in Ancient Greek Language and History.

The College has a very good library and a small but vibrant community of graduate and undergraduate archaeologists and historians. Our students are able to participate in excavations at a variety of sites, not least  through our exchange agreement with the University of Macerata in Italy and arre able to apply to the College for small grants to help with travel costs when participating in archaeological digs. Lincoln College is close to the Ashmolean Museum, where important collections of ancient artefacts are housed.



We take four CAAH students each year, one of the largest intakes among Oxford colleges. We also admit students for Ancient and Modern History.

Although we welcome applications from students with a humanities or classics background, it is not necessary to have studied humanities, history or archaeology before. We are looking for candidates with strong intellectual potential, genuine interest in the combined study of history and archaeology of the ancient world, independent and critical thinking, and the ability to structure arguments and a willingness to question.

For further information about Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at Oxford you can visit the Classics Faculty website.