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History, Classics and Archaeology: Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics

Useful news and help with information resources within and beyond the Library for anyone studying in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University.

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Assisi. Portico of the Temple of Minerva

Great North Museum@ Hancock Library

The Great North Museum: Hancock Library is on the second floor of the museum. It houses several collections, including the Cowen Library, which contains around 9,000 books and journals relating to archaeology, ancient history and classics, and the Library of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, which specialises in local history and heritage.

Newcastle University members may borrow from the Cowen Library. Both collections are catalogued on Library Search.

Shefton Collection

This collection was built up by Emeritus Professor Brian Shefton, who died in 2012, and who was an expert on Greek and Etruscan archaeology. It is shelved in its own section on level four of the Robinson Library, starting with the number 913.38. It contains over 2,500 books, and new additions are made regularly. There is also a separate Shefton Collection of artefacts in the Great North Museum: Hancock.

Other archaeology and classics information resources

Latin bible, f.325r, (280 x 208 mm), 13th century, Alexander Turnbull Library, MSR-16.

Photographer Mattis Mathiesen at work on Jan Mayen

[Interior of Coliseum, Rome, Italy] (LOC)


Selection of new books in the library

Click the tabs to browse a selection of our new books. To view all our new books in your subject area, just carry out your search as usual, and then limit by most recent records (look for the 'new records' option on the left hand side of your results page:)


Keep up to date with social media

As well as 'traditional' academic resources, social media is, increasingly, an excellent way of keeping up to date with your subject area. You really can't afford to ignore it! Not convinced? Check out our selection of social media links for History or Archaeology/Classics.

If you've got any recommendations you think we should add, just let us know. 

Access to resources elsewhere

How can you search other catalogues? How can you find out what archives and special collections are held elsewhere, from York to New York and all points in between? Click on the tabs for guidance to help you track down what you require: locally, nationally and internationally. 

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