Our research is wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary in its themes, administered through six research clusters that ensure the adequate distribution of our support and resources. Through our responsive research centres, we work towards the long-term convergence of related research programmes.

World-leading research

A CGI reconstruction of Sheffield Castle.

Sheffield Castle

Find out about our groundbreaking excavations and digital reconstruction of Sheffield's hidden Medieval castle.

Uncovering Sheffield's castle

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World partners

We collaborate with organisations across the world on excavations, research and public engagement.

See our map of global research and partners

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The Department of Archaeology is home to a wide-range of scientific research facilities that complements the different active research clusters. While primarily designed for use by the department's research staff, many of these facilities are integral parts of our innovative, research-led teaching.

Our research facilities

Postgraduate research

Our department is home to a thriving graduate research community, with students investigating a diverse array of topics, from human origins to the industrial revolution. We are a large department and can offer research supervision in all areas of archaeology and archaeological science.

Current PhD students and research

Postdoctoral researcher community

At the heart of our research is our postdoctoral fellowship community. Find out about their backgrounds, research specialisms and why they've chosen Sheffield.

Current postdocotoral researchers