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Stephen set to dig for success after degree joy

A PIONEERING archaeology student who is carrying out fieldwork on ancient sites in Africa will graduate this week.

Stephen Armstrong, who is graduating with first class honours MSci in archaeology, has recently been awarded a prestigious British Institute in East Africa Graduate Attachment, which has in turn given him the opportunity to gain experience on excavations in East Africa over the next year.

During the course of his degree, Stephen has taken part in archaeological digs in Ireland and Scotland, contributed to high-profile field studies with Cambridge University and the British School in Rome and assisted the Queen's University, ERC-funded FRAGSUS project in Malta.

Stephen, who grew up in Tanzania and hopes to carry out fieldwork there, is developing his own independent research project on Swahili settlement and architecture and wants to pursue a PhD in the future.

He said: "My time at Queen's has given me the opportunity to enjoy my passion in life and to gain experiences and opportunities I could never have imagined.

"The School of Archaeology offers a wide range of international placements and internship opportunities that broaden your horizons and allow you to achieve success. The archaeology teaching staff are leaders in their academic fields and give great support to their students.

"A Queen's degree is more than just a qualification. It has given me the skills, confidence and ambition to explore new ideas and make a lasting difference to society."

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