AHRC funded PhD opportunity

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The post-holder will be a postgraduate student of the Department of Classics, King’s College London and will also spend part of their time on placement with the Portable Antiquities office at the British Museum.

Project description
The doctoral project will:

(1) evaluate as a research resource a significant new source of archaeological data, namely metal-detected finds recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme;

(2) assess the impact of metal-detected data on our understanding of the distribution, density and character of settlements, with particular reference to Roman Britain.

This project aims to develop and apply principles analogous to those for characterising other types of archaeological data in order to assess and enhance the value of metal-detected data for research purposes. The post holder will review previous research in the use of metal-detected data for characterising past societies. The post holder will assess the national distribution of metal-detected data in the PAS database and in close consultation with PAS staff will then select sample regions for detailed study. S/he will analyse the distribution of metal-detected finds and compare this to other evidence for Roman British activity in the sample landscapes, using data on the Historic Environment Records as a starting point. The post holder will assess the impact of metal-detected data on the interpretation of societies in those landscapes.

The AHRC collaborative doctoral award scheme is intended to allow students to gain first hand experience of working outside the academic environment, in order to develop their employment related skills and training. In the case of this award the post holder will spend part of their time on placement with the PAS. As well as working on their doctoral project, during this placement they will be expected (1) to produce a report into the research value and significance of metal-detected data, drawing from the experience and results of their research, as a resource to guide the future training of PAS staff and (2) to help guide students and other researchers with an academic interest in the Scheme’s data to their potential uses.

Candidate eligibility and qualifications
The post-holder will need to meet the eligibility criteria of the AHRC for a full doctoral award, both as regards residency (he/she will need to have a relevant connection with the UK, usually through residence. EU Nationals will need to have been in the UK in full time education for the 3 years prior to the start of the course) and also as regards academic criteria (he/she should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar qualification. If he/she has already gained or completed the requirements of a doctoral degree in any subject however funded, they are not eligible to apply. For full details see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/apply/postgrad/postgrad_details_d/eligibility.asp
For further details on AHRC maintenance grants see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/ahrb/website/images/4_97065.pdf

The candidate will have a degree at master’s level in archaeology or a related discipline, and ideally experience of one or more of the following areas (a) material culture of the Roman period in Britain (b) tools of spatial analysis in archaeology (GIS). The post holder will need to be self-motivated, highly organised and used to working to deadlines. They will also need to be computer-literate and experienced in using databases.

Further information and application
For more information on this studentship please contact Dr John Pearce, department of Classics, King’s College London (020 78482252, john.pearce@kcl.ac.uk). Further information on the Portable Antiquities Scheme and its role in this award please contact Dr Roger Bland (rbland@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk) or Sally Worrell (s.worrell@ucl.ac.uk).

To apply candidates should complete and return the King’s College London postgraduate application form together with a research proposal of not more than 500 words. Application forms may be obtained by contacting humanities@kcl.ac.uk or from the KCL School of Humanities website (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/hums/grad/humap.html) or from the following address:

The Graduate Programme
School of Humanities
Main Building, Room 3B
King's College London 
London WC2R 2LS

Closing date: 12 May 2006. It is expected that interviews for this award will take place in early June.

Contact: Roger Bland 0207 323 8611

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