School of History, Classics and Archaeology
The University of Edinburgh
The staircase leading to all floors in the School in the Medical Quad, Doorway 4
AffiliationUniversity of Edinburgh
Academic staff
United Kingdom
School of History, Classics and Archaeology

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA) at the University of Edinburgh is a school within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.


Classics, formerly split between the departments of Humanity (Latin) and Greek, have been taught at the University since its foundation in 1583. The school has the oldest established Chair in Scottish History. Several well-known archaeologists have graduated and taught at the school.


The School is engaged in teaching and research in the three disciplines of history, classics and archaeology. It consists of three research centres:[1]

The school has more than 150 academic and administrative staff and about 600 graduate students. The undergraduate population is close to 1,500, about a quarter of which are international students.[1]


The school is located in the William Robertson Wing of the Old Medical School buildings on Teviot Place.[2]

Notable alumni and former staff

Notable members of Edinburgh University's School of History, Classics and Archaeology:


The School of History, Classics and Archaeology currently publishes the Journal of Lithic Studies.[7]


  1. ^ a b "About the School". The University of Edinburgh. 10 February 2023. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  2. ^ "About our building". The University of Edinburgh. 25 August 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  3. ^ Ralston, Ian. "Gordon Childe and Scottish Archaeology: The Edinburgh Years 1927–1946". European Journal of Archaeology. 12 (1–3): 47–90. doi:10.1177/1461957109339702. ISSN 1461-9571.
  4. ^ "Nan Dunbar". The Telegraph. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 29 February 2024.
  5. ^ "Global migrations of Scots since 1600". The University of Edinburgh. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  6. ^ "The Rt Hon Amber Rudd". GOV.UK. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  7. ^ Journal of Lithic Studies

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