The Fitch Laboratory is a world-leading centre for science-based archaeology that has pioneered the application of scientific techniques in archaeological research in Greece. It runs an ambitious programme of research and training, building upon its unique facilities and expertise. The Fitch specialises in the analysis of inorganic materials, especially ceramics using ceramic petrology and chemical analysis. It also supports bioarchaeological research, including analysis of human and animal bones and ancient plant remains. The Fitch’s innovative approaches have led to new understandings of technological transfer and innovation in past craft traditions, as well as mobility of people, goods, materials and techniques throughout the Aegean and across the Mediterranean.
The Laboratory operates with a group of permanent staff, hosting a number of externally-funded researchers in association with specific projects. It also offers a three-year postdoctoral fellowship (Williams Fellowship in ceramic petrology) and annually a number of bursaries for postgraduates and young postdocs. Its training programme, consisting of specialised taught courses and opportunities for hands-on experience, attracts both early career and senior scholars from around the world.