Landscape Archaeology research cluster
Sheffield’s approach to landscape archaeology is multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar. We combine perspectives and methods from biological and environmental sciences, ethnography, geography, geomatics, heritage studies and history. We research in many parts of the world and with a large number of collaborators, including in the UK, Greece, Italy, France, Russia, Spain, South Africa and Turkey.
The department's projects reflect the long timescales that landscape affords, ranging from early hominin caves in South Africa through to studies of contemporary environmental protest camps in the UK.
Our research places an especially strong emphasis on the ways the past actively shapes contemporary communities and their landscapes. We offer world-leading masters courses in landscape, environmental archaeology and cultural heritage, and we have a vibrant doctoral research community.
Landscape Archaeology Projects
Sintashta Communities Archaeological Research Project
Russia, funded by AHRC and NSF
Vinca Archaeological Metals Project
Serbia, funded by Wenner-Gren
MEMOLA - Mediterranean Mountainous Landscapes -
EU FP7 Research Network
South African Palaeocave Survey
GIS approaches to early hominid site location and palaeocave landscapes in South Africa.
Thornton Abbey excavation
Running since 2011, this project aims to complete the topographical and geophysical survey around the Abbey and conduct targeted excavation of the medieval and early modern features. In doing so the project aims to comprehensively characterise for the first time the three main later phases of activity on site.
The aim of the Viking Torksey project is to understand the role and significance of Torksey by plotting the chronological and spatial development of the various centres of activity, which have been tentatively identified through metal detecting.
Newark Civil War Project
The Newark Civil War Project is a long term collaborative venture by the University of Sheffield and the newly established National Civil War Centre at Newark. It aims to comprehensively review the 17th-century siegeworks surrounding Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.
Ethnoarchaeology of pig husbandry in Sardinia and Corsica
Funded by AHRC and British Academy
The aim of this project is to study surviving traditional systems of pig keeping in Sardinia and Corsica, which can help our understanding of the archaeological evidence for pig domestication and husbandry.
Sinop Kale, Turkey, Dr Jane Rempel and Dr Sue Sherratt
This project builds on more than a decade of survey and environmental research conducted by the Sinop Regional Archaeological Project and its aim is to investigate the nature of pre-Greek settlement as well as the early Greek settlement and its later development.