The Andrew Sherratt Fund 2017

This year’s Andrew Sherratt Fund is now open for applications. Students working at Masters or PhD level in the field of Old World Prehistory, from any academic institution in the World, are invited to apply. Andrew Sherratt funding is awarded to allow students to gain access to collections or resources which they would not otherwise have. Last year, the fund made 13 awards of up to £900 each to students based at academic institutions in the UK and abroad. Here, some of the awardees tell us about how the funding was of benefit to them in their research:

‘With the funds awarded to me by the Andrew Sherratt Bursary, I was able to locate and analyse archaeological material excavated by Abbé Jean Roche, housed in Rabat’s National Archaeological Museum. During my visit I was able to identify, record, and photograph nearly 200 more bone tools, some of which represent completely new types. This significantly increases the total number of tools recovered during more recent excavations, and suggests a well-developed bone-tool industry at Taforalt in the Iberomaurusian. The discovery and analysis of the tools in the Archaeological Museum’s collections has greatly enlarged my total sample size, and will allow for a much more robust and in-depth interrogation of the bone tool complex present at Taforalt, as well as within the Iberomaurusian as a whole. Additionally, I may be able to use provenance data linked with Abbé Jean Roche’s tool collections to understand whether the tools are concentrated strictly in burial and/or cemetery areas, or whether they appear regularly in other areas of the cave as well.’

Abigail Desmond, MPhil Candidate, Oxford University

Abigail Desmond

Yvette Marks

‘Due to a generous award presented to me by the Andrew Sherratt memorial fund, I was able to undergo a very important research trip to Greece. This allowed me to carry out research which has had a huge impact on my project. During my trip I was able to access reports un available to me in the UK, meet with Yannis Bassiakos to discuss archaeological material published and unpublished, see unpublished material first hand as well as carryout a topographic survey of two sites pivotal to my research. This research trip not only allowed me to gain access to material and information, but allowed me to gain a better insight to craft and life on Crete and therefore better understand the response to metallurgy.’

Yvette Marks, PhD Candidate, University of Sheffield

Read more about these and other awardees of the 2016 round and apply for the 2017 fund at:

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2017