Research in progress using our data

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Research projects in progress or completed
Primary investigator Title Level End date
Lorena Hitchens Dodecahedra in Roman Britain

I would like to request researcher-level access for performing research for my MA dissertation, in archaeology of Roman Britain, especially dodecahedra.

Referee: James Gerrard (Newcastle University)

Masters degree -
Colin Weighell Late Glacial and Mesolithic archaeology of the Wessex Basin Chalk streams

Late Glacial and Mesolithic archaeology of the Wessex Basin Chalk streams

Rivers primarily fed by the chalk aquifer have distinct physical, aesthetic and ecological qualities which are very likely to have been noticed by the hunter-gatherer groups which e…

Masters degree -
Richard Anderson "Tadcaster (Roman Calcaria) and surrounding area - an evaluation of the prehistoric and Roman Archaeological evidence."

The title of my dissertation is "Tadcaster (Roman Calcaria) and surrounding area - an evaluation of the prehistoric and Roman Archaeological evidence."

I will be researching a number of archaeological sources but one of my proposed objectives…

Masters degree -
David Vincent Landscape Archaeology in the Chilterns

My research relates to a dissertation for MSc Applied Landscape Archaeology with the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford. Course director is Professor David Griffiths. My dissertation supervisor is Dr Wendy Morrison, Chilterns Conservation Board. …

Masters degree -
Natalie Pascoe Chariot and equine material from late Prehistoric Wales

I am currently on the Msc Archaeology programme at Cardiff University and I am embarking on my dissertation. This research project aims to collate information on chariot and equine related finds from later prehistoric Wales. Results will be presented in a database of find locations, date …

Masters degree -
Bethan Boulter Animal motifs on Medieval seal matrices

I am currently a Masters student at the University of Reading and am

researching the role seal matrices with animal motifs played in the

communication of personal identity in medieval England and Wales for

my dissertation. Part of my research involves analysing fin…

Masters degree 2021
Sarah Saunderson Holy Wells in Wales

I am writing to request research level access to the PAS database. I have commenced a MPhil in Archaeology at Bangor University, North Wales. My undergraduate dissertation focused on the material culture and ritual of 'Holy' Wells in Wales; a theme which I am continuing at post-gr…

Masters degree -
Lynda Walker St Ives, Bingley

I'm currently a masters student on the MSc Archaeological Sciences programme at the University of Bradford. I am undertaking an assignment looking at metal detecting in the area of St. Ives Bingley and am interested in using findspot data to spot patterns using GIS. This is to identify ar…

Masters degree -
Danielle Taylor St. Ives, Bingley

I am currently studying MSc Landscapes and Digital Heritage at the University of Bradford, my current interest in using find spot data to look for any patterns of metal detecting in St. Ives, Bingley in Bradford using GIS. This is to evaluate which areas would need to be protected from an…

Masters degree -
Samantha Elwell Bronze Age riverine metal deposits

I am working with my supervisor Henry Chapman at the University of Birmingham (, investigating the apparent East/West divide in the nature of Bronze Age metal deposition in river contexts.
For my research, I am looking f…

Masters degree 2021
Elizabeth Fuller The human face in Iron Age art

Create a catalogue raissoné of Iron Age objects within the PAS database that represent the human head and face. Seek to understand why and how heads and faces are represented, consider style and representation in local, regional, and greater context, and how they connect to b…

Masters degree -
Pauline Clarke Formation of the Anglo-Welsh Borderlands

Student Name: Pauline Clarke, 1514346

Proposed Title: Formation of the Anglo-Welsh Borderlands in the early Middle Ages: Portable Antiquities in the Landscape

Aims & Objectives


To under…

Masters degree -
Arthur Redmonds Castle taskscapes

I am a masters student at the University of Oxford, and I am hoping to use PAS location data in a number of masters level research essays over the next half a year (Until september). I will be attempting to analyse castle taskscapes using the material culture present within the wider land…

Masters degree 2021
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 -
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
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
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

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