Exceptional new labs, research facilities, teaching space and staff offices

We’re moving… find out more!

The start of the 2017-18 academic year will see Sheffield Archaeology housed in its bespoke new facilities in the heart of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities campus. Our forthcoming move follows a considerable University investment in new accommodation for the department, including staff offices, laboratories and research facilities.


This is an incredibly exciting time for the department, its staff and students. From the Autumn, we will be at the heart of the campus, with our teaching delivered in state of the art University lecture theatres and seminar rooms. Our students will experience the very best in archaeological science teaching and research through our new laboratories, provisioned to meet the requirements of our internationally renowned team of archaeological scientists.

Professor Dawn Hadley, Head of Department

Staff offices will be located in Minalloy House, including space for our PhD students and postdoctoral research team. This will be home for the majority of our staff and the hub of our areas of expertise and research strength, including Prehistoric Europe, Classical Antiquity, and Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain as well as landscape, funerary and Mediterranean archaeology.

Minalloy House is around the corner from our newly created laboratory space in 40 Leavygreave Road, which includes a whole suite of teaching and research facilities designed specifically to support our specialisms in zooarchaeology, human osteology and biological anthropology, palaeoanthropology, materials science, archaeobotany, environmental archaeology and materials science.


For our taught students, 40 Leavygreave Road will be their departmental home – a place to find administrative support and to take laboratory-based classes in our bespoke teaching labs. And, of course, they will make use of our exceptional teaching collections! A stone’s throw away are new state of the art teaching spaces in the Diamond, Jessop West and 38 Mappin Street.


In addition, 40 Leavygreave Road will house our research facilities, including our internationally important research collections. These include a seed reference collection featuring a wide range of Near Eastern and European wild plants; an extensive modern reference collection for zooarchaeology; and a human osteology research collection featuring archaeological human skeletal bone, modern primate specimens, teaching grade casts of human and fossil hominid specimens, and a diverse collection of human and non-human animal histological bone thin sections. 

Since we are moving into new bespoke laboratory spaces, we have taken the opportunity to upgrade our research facilities and invest in new equipment. Funding for some of our new equipment has been provided by legacy bequests to the department from our alumni Peter Glover and Pamela Staunton, and also an Alumni Fund grant.

New equipment at 40 Leavygreave Road

• Artec Eva structured light and Artec Spider blue light scanners for 3D imaging
• Niton p-XRF
• Bartington Grad601-2 fluxgate gradiometer
• Kiln facilities for experimental firings
• And a suite of fume hoods for sample preparation for human osteology, zooarchaeology, stable isotopes, pollen and other environmental samples


These new acquisitions complement our existing facilities for thin sectioning, microscopes for analysing thin sections and a variety of environmental material, a cutting-edge imaging suite (complete with photographic and X-ray equipment, and 3D scanning facilities), wet labs and a dedicated histology lab, as well as ovens, furnaces and kilns used for a range of purposes from firing experimentally produced ceramics to testing the effects of charring on plant remains. All these facilities are supported by a highly qualified and experienced technical support team.

We are looking forward to the next era of Sheffield Archaeology in our fantastic new home!

In the Autumn, we will be hosting an open labs event – follow us on social media to keep up to date with the details: