Subjects/methods: Material Culture
Material culture is the product of human creativity. It is one of the means through which people engaged with each other and with the social and natural worlds in which they lived – it was integral to their creation as individuals and to their sustainability as communities. Material culture also survives to us in the present – and is the principal means through which we access past peoples and reconstruct their lifeways, beliefs and behaviour. Research into material culture at the University of Sheffield spans all time periods and draws upon the Department´s research strengths in artefact studies, archaeological science and the integration of textual and material evidence.