Ethnoarchaeology is a growing research strength in Aberdeen and involves working closely with contemporary populations in order to understand how they make, use and understand material culture. Also, how they organise their landscapes and structure domestic space.

The overarching goal is to generate ethnographic analogies by investigating how specific cultural practices and behaviours generate distinctive material signatures that have the potential to enter into the archaeological record.

Active Departmental research projects include the geoarchaeological and entomological analysis of domestic floor space in 19th Century turf-built structures in Iceland and also the investigation of the social archaeologies of World War II in Palau, Micronesia.