Research programmes at Sheffield

Our department is home to a thriving graduate research community, with students investigating a diverse array of topics, from human origins to the industrial revolution. We are a large department and are thus able to offer research supervision in all areas of archaeology and archaeological science.

Our staff

Find out about our expertise and current areas of research for our staff.

Our facilities

The Research School of Archaeology, located in the West Court building, provides a physical focus for our graduate research community. Here there are dedicated working spaces plus excellent computing and social facilities.
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Current research examples

  • The first homo sapiens on the northern European plain: a comparative study of northern European Aurignacian lithic assemblages.
  • Early ceramic vessel technology among hunter-gatherers in eastern Siberia.
  • Germanic societies in late Roman Britain.
  • The role of mesolithic and neolithic social traditions in the ‘neolithisation’ of northwest Europe.
  • Was CO2 a trigger for the origin of agriculture?
  • Animal consumption and husbandry in neolithic northern Greece: faunal remains from Kremasti

Completed PhDs

  • A social and anthropological analysis of conversion period and later Anglo-Saxon cemeteries.
  • The evolutionary development of handedness and its implications for hominid brain complexity.
  • Production and circulation of the late neolithic pottery from Makrygialos, N. Greece.
  • Style and social competition between the landed classes as articulated through the large scale ornamental landscapes of the Doncaster district of S. Yorks, c. 1680-1840.
  • The production of texts: a social archaeology of writing in the Aegean late bronze age.
  • Human dental microwear in Natufian hunter-gatherers and PPNB agriculturalists from N. Israel.

Our research culture

We encourage all research students to participate in the many seminar series and conferences organised by our Research.

In addition, our students organise their own Tuesday Lunchtime Lecture series, which provides a forum both for students to air and discuss their own ideas, and to hear invited speakers, both departmental staff and visitors from other universities.

The vibrancy of the Sheffield’s research culture is manifest in the online journal initiated, edited and run by our research students.