Yvette A Marks

MSc

Department of Archaeology

Laboratory Manager and Teaching Technician

PhD Student

yamarks1@sheffield.ac.uk

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Yvette A Marks
Department of Archaeology
Minalloy House
Regent Street
Sheffield
S10 2TN
Profile

I am a current part-time PhD student within the Department of Archaeology here at the University of Sheffield, just going into my second year of study. I was motivated to continue my research in my chosen field, after completing an MSc in Archaeological Materials within the Department in 2012.

I chose the MSc as I had a background in Classics and Archaeology and in order to progress with my research in an ever developing and competitive field, I wanted to equip myself with the scientific skills and analytical experience in order to understand the metal and ceramic evidence of metal production technology.

The MSc not only provided me with the necessary skills and experience, but made me passionate about my area of research. The department was so friendly and motivational team to be part of, I wanted to continue working within a department I felt so comfortable in.

Research interests

Thesis: The inception and transmission of metallurgy: A regional approach

My current research is focused on the material evidence for the process of copper production in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age within the Aegean and Balkans.

My research involves creating a database of sites with evidence from these periods, categorising and detailing the material present at each site, associated with metal production.

My research also looks into the interpretation and understanding of how the material evidence is reconstructed into the different processes associated with metal production, from the preparation of ore for smelting, the smelting process, consolidating and casting. The methods employed to achieve this include not only typographical categorisation, but analysis and experimental archaeology.

I have already made an impact on this area of research, with my work on the material evidence from the sites of Chrysokamino and Kythnos in the Aegean. My research on this evidence, included a series of experimental trials, in a reconstructed furnace, testing the working parameters of the smelt within the furnace.

The metallurgical material produced during these trial smelts, and the ceramics involved within the process, were analysed afterwards. These were then compared to the material from the site, to assess if the conditions achieved and undergone, in the hypothesised method of smelting, compared to that from the site.

The evidence showed that the experimental trials underwent the same conditions as the material from the site and caused similar effects on the material, therefore supporting the hypothesis for the reconstruction of the furnace and the method of smelting.

This research has been presented at a number of conferences including; The Historical Metallurgical Research in Progress conference, The Theoretical Archaeology Group conference, and The Aegean Round Table conference, with subsequent publications in process.

I am also involved in a number of different outreach projects, including the Roots of Iron project and other heritage outreach projects in partnership with Sheffield City Council and The University of Sheffield, as well as running my own outreach projects for students within the area to get involved with Experimental Archaeology.

Research group

Supervisors

  • Dr Roger Doonan
  • Professor Peter Day