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Research at MOLA

MOLA is an educational charity and Independent Research Organisation. We have a strong track record in generating large quantities of archaeological data which is expertly investigated to produce knowledge that can be shared for the benefit of people and society. For over 40 years our pioneering research has paved the way for countless education, collaboration and participation opportunities by drawing together elements of archaeological practice, education, public engagement and professional training. 

Our mission is to be recognised globally for our research and the impact it has. We want to stimulate thought-provoking interdisciplinary research collaborations with Higher Education Institutions and other academic stakeholders, to create meaningful archaeological legacies for our partners and communities.

Our research partnerships offer unparalleled opportunities to work with some of the UK’s most experienced archaeological specialists, as well as providing access to wider networks and support for developing innovative and high-quality research outcomes.

Our research activities are underpinned by our thematic framework:

  • Our Discoveries: new knowledge created through our archaeological work, largely undertaken with major UK development and construction scheme
  • Citizen Science: data, research and participation opportunities offered through our citizen science projects and those in the wider sector
  • Archaeology and the Contemporary: exploring the effectiveness and value of an archaeological approach to the contemporary world

We are also developing new opportunities for graduates, PhD researchers and university academics, to foster excellence and draw on the insights of the most talented researchers, specialists, innovators and advocates for archaeology.

To find out more about how you can collaborate with us, please download our Research Prospectus. If you have a research collaboration or funding opportunity that you would like to discuss, please contact you would like to use material or data we hold for your research, please visit Researching MOLA Material.

Download our Research Prospectus

Download our Research Ethics guide

Download our External Researcher application form

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    Researching MOLA Material

    We grant access to our archaeological collections for independent research projects.
  • Research Prospectus

    Find out more about our thematic research framework and how you can collaborate with us.
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    Browse hundreds of our archaeological publications available to buy, ranging from academic monographs to popular books.
  • Resource Library

    Find unpublished reports, publication resources and bibliographic article references.
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    Research and Engagement Projects

    We carry out a range of research and community archaeology projects every year, with our partners.