The University of Sheffield
Department of Archaeology

Departmental Field Projects

The Department of Archaeology is pleased to offer bursaries of up to £100 to support undergraduate students' participation in archaeological fieldwork or work experience within the heritage sector. The bursaries may be used to cover the costs of travel, accommodation or field course fees. The fieldwork or work experience should be in addition to any activities you are completing as part of your course.

We will ask bursary holders to submit a short (1 page) report, with images, at the completion of the fieldwork/placement.

To apply for a bursary, please send an expression of interest using this form (https://docs.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/forms/d/1ucd1-_yQDglrK3UZzPOsunUlrfYT2YV9OpzxrTNNbjY/viewform) by 9 May 2014.

Any queries about the bursary should be directed to Bob Johnston (r.johnston@sheffield.ac.uk).

Thornton Abbey

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A long-term survey and excavation project at Thornton Abbey, Lincolnshire is working within the area of the Scheduled Ancient Monument, focusing on features from both the late medieval and post-medieval periods. Combining GPS, geophysical and total station survey with targeted excavation, the project will produce the first complete characterisation of a monastic precinct in England, charting how it developed from an ecclesiastical institution into a succession of post-dissolution secular estates.

Fieldwork experience:

If you'd like to get an idea of what kind of fieldwork opportunities are available in the department, please have a look what our students have to say.


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Castleton and Hope

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For the last 4 years we have been primarily focussed on defining the location of, and exploring the character and development of a Medieval Leper Hospital (Hospital of Saint Mary in the Peak) that we know from historical evidence was located between the villages of Castleton and Hope in Derbyshire.

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Brodsworth Landscape Archaeology

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The Brodsworth Project is a landscape archaeology project centred on Brodsworth near Doncaster. The project now covers not only the Brodsworth parish but also 7 other surrounding parishes (Hampole, Hooton Pagnell, Hickleton, Marr, Barnburgh, High Melton and Cadeby). This gives the project an unequalled opportunity to explore the development of the landscape of South Yorkshire from the later prehistoric period until the development of the formal landscapes of the country houses found within the study area.

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Life in the Roman Vicus of the Imperial Estate at Vagnari (Puglia)

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This interdisciplinary and collaborative fieldwork project investigates the public, domestic and manufacturing facilities in the central village (vicus) of a rural estate belonging to the Roman emperors in ancient Apulia in south-east Italy. Through excavation we aim to gather evidence for slave and free labour and insight into the socio-economic complexities and conditions of living and working on the estate from the first to the fourth centuries A.D.

Alberese Archaeological Project

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The Alberese Archaeological Project (AAP) has been established in 2009, with the main focus on identifying Roman settlement trends in coastal South Tuscany. Archaeologically, the area is situated inside the Roman ager Rusellanus, the territory of the ancient Etruscan-Roman city of Rusellae, located on a hilltop 10 kms far from Grosseto. The mountain chain of Uccellina represents its southern edge, dividing the district of Rusellae from the nearby ager Cosanus. One of the most important and richest Etruscan cities is few kms north of Alberese: Vetulonia, with its economical settlements, such as ports and harbours, facing the disappeared Lake Prilus. The excavations at the river port and the industrial quartier at Spolverino (Alberese – GR) take place in August and September of each year.