Research in progress using our data

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Research projects in progress or completed
Primary investigator Title Level End date
Roger Bennett The road network in Roman Britain studied using Portable Antiquities Scheme evidence in combination with desk-based landscape analysis tools

I am just about to start an MRes in Archaeology at the University of Chester (already formally enrolled). The research relates to Roman roads and PAS-recorded artefacts. In order to produce meaningful results I will need fairly precise location data for finds, though I am cons…

Masters degree -
Gemma Bond Gloucestershire in the post-Roman period

I am seeking access to the PAS database at research level for my MA dissertation which I am currently undertaking at Cardiff University. My dissertation is a regional study of the historical county of Gloucestershire in the post-Roman period. I intend to utilise the PAS databa…

Masters degree -
Matthew Knight Deliberate Destruction and Deposition of Bronze Age Metalwork in South West England

I am continuing my research on Bronze Age metalwork in Britain in preparation for several articles, as well as the publication of my PhD thesis as a monograph on the Deliberate Destruction and Deposition of Bronze Age Metalwork in South West England (completed at Exeter 2018, due …

Major publication -
Laura Jones Warhorse: The Archaeology of a Military Revolution

I will be working on a placement as part of the AHRC project 'Warhorse: The Archaeology of a Military Revolution', led by Professors Oliver Creighton and Alan Outram (University of Exeter). Working with Rob Webley (University of Exeter; former PAS), I will be focusing on records r…

Large scale research AHRC 2021
Andrew Reynolds Late Bronze Age and Iron Age hoards in Wales and Marches: An investigation into patterns of selective and reflective deposition

A four-year doctoral project investigating patterns of selective and reflective deposition in the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age hoards of Wales and the Marches. The research aims to contribute to the recent shift in the approaches to analysis and understanding of the Western European Late …

PhD level research 2024
Jonathan Dowell Style I Anglo-Saxon Objects

I am researching style 1 Anglo-Saxon objects for an undergraduate dissertation on the role of these objects in 5th and 6th century ethnic identity. The project will likely last for around a year from now.

Referee: Dr. J. Gerrard (Newcastle University)

Undergraduate 2021
Daniel MacEwan Iron Age settlement around Winchester

I am an undergraduate student in BA Archaeology, undertaking a GIS based dissertation which would benefit from the application of the full extent of the PAS database. The project focuses on the distribution and character of Iron Age settlement in the proximity of the modern ci…

Undergraduate -
Stephen Wass Voyages to the House of Diversion, 17th. Century Water Gardens and the Birth of Modern Science

I am undertaking a programme of doctoral research at the University of Oxford under the title of 'Voyages to the House of Diversion, 17th. Century Water Gardens and the Birth of Modern Science'. This involves excavations in the seventeenth-century gardens at Hanwell Castle, Oxfordshire an…

PhD level research 2022
Anthony Del Rio Scandinavian settlement in England

I am a research student at the University of Oxford and I am writing to request elevated status to become a research level user. My research project is based upon the material record of the Scandinavian settlement in England, and I will require access for approximately three years.

PhD level research 2023
Rebekah Hiett Viking inset lead weights

I am writing a masters dissertation at the University of York investigating Viking inset lead weights associated with the exploits of the Great Army which ravaged the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the late ninth century. My research questions include why specific items were chosen as insets, an…

Masters degree 2020
Lucy Moore Stycas, kings and Vikings: the copper-alloy revolution in 9th-century

This PhD project explores the manufacture, use and distribution of 9th-century copper-alloy
coins called stycas, minted in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. Recent research has the need for a
reappraisal of this coinage, which has much to reveal about the impact of the V…

PhD level research 2022
Matt Beverley Big Cats in Britannia: assessing awareness of big cat species in Roman Britain

My name is Matt Beverley and I am an MA student at the University of Reading where I will be finishing the course in September 2020. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation which is titled: Big Cats in Britannia: assessing awareness of big cat species in Roman Britain. My…

Masters degree -
Mark Slessarev Early Mediaeval use of Roman sites on the Saxon Shore

I intend to use the database for my MA dissertation at Durham University. The subject of research is Early Mediaeval use of Roman sites on the Saxon Shore. The Portable Antiquities Scheme would be used to collect data relating to finds in the vicinity of selected sites which will be used …

Masters degree -
Isobel Gomer Medieval Seal Matrices

This thesis will examine medieval seal matrices, particularly personal non-heraldic ones, and will consider what these objects communicate about the identity of the user. The imagery and mottos will be examined to see if there is any link between the subject and the owner, the significanc…

Masters degree 2020
Savannah Tudlong Byzantine - British Connections

I am a 4th year student at the University of Edinburgh. I am writing my undergraduate dissertation on Byzantine-British connections, and hope to use PAS data to create a GIS map of Byzantine find distributions in Britain from AD 400 - 750. This will support my thesis that Byzantin…

Undergraduate -
Cameron Wildridge The impact of Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries on material culture in the landscape

I am a Computational Archaeology masters student at UCL, and am writing dissertation on how the presence of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery impacts the contemporary material culture that is found in a landscape (presence/absence, types of material culture present, etc), including looking …

Masters degree 2020
Helen Thomas Medieval copper-alloy dress accessories from York and Yorkshire

I am applying for an upgrade in status to research level so as to better conduct my research for my Masters dissertation-I am studying for a MA in Medieval Archaeology from the University of York. My research is on later medieval copper-alloy dress accessories from York and Yo…

Masters degree 2020
Catherine Jones The Sword in Iron Age Britain

I am currently a Combined Doctoral Award student working on my PhD thesis which is entitled 'The Sword in Iron Age Britain'. My AHRC award is held jointly by the University of Manchester and The British Museum. My research project aims to discern the social importance of the s…

PhD level research 2021
Tom Cox Roman Settlement in East Sussex

I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of East Anglia. I am requesting research level access to PAS data in order to complete a dissertation regarding the reuse of Roman sites in the Early Medieval period within East Suffolk. I am looking to use finds made b…

Undergraduate 2021
Emma Wager Bronze Age Mining on the Great Orme

I completed my PhD thesis in 2003 at the University of Sheffield on 'The Character and Context of Bronze Age Mining on the Great Orme, North Wales, UK'. I am currently preparing an updated version of this study for publication by the end of this year (2020). This includes a se…

Major publication 2020

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