Sheffield Archaeology in the news!

A team from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield has found new evidence for the history of the Sheffield Castle. The study was led by Professor John Moreland, Professor Dawn Hadley and Dr. Gareth Dean in collaboration with archaeological specialists in the city.

Sheffield Castle is one of the most significant castles in the north of medieval England. It was built in the 11th or the 12th century, was later home to Sir John Talbot, the 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, and Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner here between 1570 and 1584.

While early 20th century excavations on the site remain mostly unpublished, our new research on the finds from them, funded by a legacy donation of Sheffield Archaeology alumna Pamela Staunton, has shed new light on the long history of the castle.

Professor John Moreland from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology, and Chair of the University’s Castlegate Steering Group, said: “Sheffield is known for steel production and its rich industrial heritage, but its roots lie in the Middle Ages. When people think about castles from medieval England they tend to think of Lincoln or Pontefract. We hope that our work, and the new excavations due to commence in the Spring of 2018, will make them think of Sheffield instead!”

Sheffield Castle

Local and national newspapers have picked up the story, along with Radio Sheffield and international news outlets.

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