Research in progress using our data

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Primary investigator Title Level End date
Giovanna Fregni Trends in the deposition of metal-smithing tools

I am finishing my PhD thesis this year and access to spatial data would be invaluable for my work. For my thesis I am researching metalsmithing tools and have been compiling a database of hammers, anvils, chisels and other metalsmithing tools in Britain. This will be entered into ArcGIS t…

PhD level research -
Scott Early Medieval engagement with waterways

I am currently in the second year of my PhD which analyses of the way the early medieval people apprehended and engaged with waterscapes. Western Sussex, where rivers and the coast are dominant features in the topography of the county, is taken as a case study. The physical character of t…

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Jane Smallridge The processses of memory and forgetting through transition in Roman Britain

I am a PhD student at Oxford, investigating processes of memory and forgetting through transitions in Roman Britain. I particular I am looking for objects that are 'out of time' or have been deposited in an unusual manner or place. I hope to use the PAS data to blend the sites that I will…

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Adam Daubney Portable Antiquities, Palimpsests, and Persistent Places

This study explores the significance of Portable Antiquities Scheme data (PAS) for Lincolnshire. Particular attention is given to how finds come together to form palimpsests, and how these palimpsests in turn can be used to infer persistence of place. Lots of temporal heat-maps throughout.

PhD level research 2015
Keith Scholes Approaches to the Study of Communication around the European Atlantic Seaboard and Islands in the Early Medieval Period

My PhD project involves using artefactual information, specifically common types of artefacts, to study communication and trade links between Early Medieval sites in Britain and the North West coast of Europe. In order to accomplish this I am building a database containing information ab…

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Jonathan Worton A complete military history of the war as fought in Shropshire

I am now entering the 2nd year of my full-time Mphil/PhD project at the University of Chester, researching the means - in terms of leadership, finance, recruitment, arms supplies and logistics, fortification and the nature and type of combat - used by both sides to prosecute the First Eng…

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Tim Cockrell The Don Valley in Prehistory: Upland and Lowland Interactions and Developments

My post-graduate research project is called "The Don Valley in Prehistory: Upland and Lowland Interactions and Developments". By using a holistic comparative methodology, contextually, informed by an approach combining landscapes and social based routines and activities, I ask the questi…

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Alison Leonard An examination of portable artefacts from the British Mid-Late Saxon periods in light of their social landscape

My research aims to examine portable artefacts from the British Mid-Late Saxon periods in light of their social landscape, contextualising them within their local cultural milieu as well as within the wider natural environment. By using a 'nested' case study approach I will analyse the re…

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Tudor Skinner Changing patterns of activity in the environs around documented and place-name attested assembly sites of the early medieval period in the northeast of England

My PhD thesis examines changing patterns of activity in the environs around documented and place-name attested assembly sites of the early medieval period in the northeast of England, such as the later Hundreds of Domesday or earlier attestations such as Bede's Yeavering. This intends to …

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Chris Roberts Depiction of animal heads on cruciform brooches

My project explores how ideas, social customs, and social tastes spread during times of migration and social transition. I am exploring how the depiction of animal heads on cruciform brooches from the 5th and 6th centuries AD were employed in Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and the Netherla…

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Brian Buchanan Late Roman transition of Northumbria

My Phd research focuses on the late-Roman through early-medieval transition time period. I am examining two study areas in the former kingdom of Northumbria; one north of Hadrian's Wall in the Milfield Basin and another in the Yorkshire Wolds. I am using GIS to examine settlement patter…

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Abi Tompkins Western Midlands from the Post Roman, through the Early Medieval period

I would like to become a research level user as I intend to use the PAS for my Doctoral study on the Western Midlands from the Post Roman, through the Early Medieval period. I am currently a Masters student at Oxford University, reading Early Medieval Archaeology. I would need acce…

PhD level research 2014
Andrew Poyer Landscape setting of Bronze Age metalwork deposits in Central Britain

I am currently in the first year of my PhD at the University of Sheffield researching the landscape setting of Bronze Age metalwork deposits in Central Britain, an area incorporating Northumberland, Durham, Teeside, North East Cumbria and the Eastern Scottish Borders. As part of my study …

PhD level research 2014
Nina Harris Personal material culture from 13th and 14th century

PhD research on personal material culture from 13th and 14th century.

An investigation into patterns of loss, meanings of wealth and expressions of identity in medieval rural society. Supervised by Professor David Hinton at Southampton University.

Expected completion 2017.

PhD level research 2017
Anna Lewis Iron Age and early Roman terrets from western and central Britain

I have recently started a PhD at Leicester University, looking at Iron Age and early Roman terrets from western and central Britain. I will be drawing together existing records of the terrets, and looking at the manufacture, styles, distribution and find contexts of terrets in order to s…

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Kate Mees The reuse of earlier landscapes for burial in early medieval Wessex

My PhD thesis investigates the reuse of earlier landscapes for burial in early medieval Wessex. The research, funded by a block grant from the AHRC, will look specifically at the relationship between Anglo-Saxon burials and Neolithic to Roman landscape features, such as monuments, earthwo…

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Rodrigo The Iron Age of the Scillies

My research regards the Iron Age of the Scillies, with a strong emphasis on Oceanographic modelling of palaeo-oceanography and site location. Small finds are an important proxy to understand site locations and to understand social relationships. The use of this data would be an important …

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David Roberts Roman settlement in south-west Wiltshire and the Montagne Sainte Victoire in Provence, France

I am PhD student in archaeology at the University of York, studying Roman settlement in south-west Wiltshire and the Montagne Sainte Victoire in Provence, France, and looking more widely at Roman attitudes to the natural world. I would like to use the research level PAS database to get de…

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Robert Lenfert Bronze and Iron Age wetland settlement in Britain

I am a 'thesis pending' PhD student in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. I specialise in Bronze and Iron Age wetland settlement in Britain and am compiling wetland sites and finds in teh British Isles. I began with Scottish sites in November 2009 and have rece…

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Ben Raffield Investigation of Eastern England during the Viking Age as a landscape of conflict.

My study aims to investigate Eastern England during the Viking Age as a landscape of conflict. Between c.AD 878-886 a peace agreement was reached between King Alfred of Wessex and the Danish Viking leader Guthrum. The area settled by the Vikings offers an attractive study area due to its…

PhD level research 2013

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