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Six reasons to save archaeology from funding cuts

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As universities face economic pressures, there is increased pressure to reduce and even terminate archaeology departments in the UK, as well as in the US. Here are six good reasons to maintain these departments.


 “The UK government recently announced plans to cut its subsidy for English university teaching of the subject (along with many arts courses) by 50% because it is not part of the government’s “strategic priorities”.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson framed this in terms of encouraging more students to study subjects in the sciences rather than “dead-end courses that leave young people with nothing but debt”, implying he thought archaeology was among these courses .“



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The news that the University of Sheffield archaeological department is set to close despite mass protests prompted an anonymous donor to offer £200,000 to help keep it open, says a professor.”



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