A-Z List of Research Projects


Current Research Projects

Alberese Archaeological Project The Alberese Archaeological Project, started in 2009, was established to identify Roman settlement trends in coastal South Tuscany.
ArchAtlas The ArchAtlas project aims to provide a visual summary of spatial processes in prehistoric and early historic times, such as the spread of farming, the formation of trade contacts, and the growth of urban systems, and to illustrate the locations of key archaeological sites. It uses GIS techniques to integrate georeferenced information on archaeological sites, cultural entities and contact routes with environmental data and satellite imagery.

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Brodsworth Archaeology Project The Brodsworth Archaeology Project is a landscape archaeology project centred on the Brodsworth Estate in South Yorkshire. The focus of the Estate is Brodsworth Hall which is owned and run by English Heritage. However it is the Estate land and the surrounding area which is the focus of this Project, not the Hall.
Bronze Age Copper Mines of North Wales The aim of this project is to investigate the possibility that 4000 years ago the Bronze Age copper miners at the Great Orme and Parys Mountain in North Wales were incomers from as far afield as the Balkans and Spain.
Evolutionary origins of Agriculture An ERC-funded collaborative project (the universities of Sheffield and Manchester) investigating the selective pressures driving the domestication of crops through archaeobotany, experimental ecology and DNA analysis.
Feeding Stonehenge A project which examines the catchment areas of livestock brought to Stonehenge through the analysis of isotopes in cattle teeth to establish seasonality patterns of animal culling at this major ceremonial site.
FIBS Identifying ancient land use through the functional ecology of crop weed
IISEMG A MC IEF (EU FP7 PEOPLE) funded project investigating ‘intermediate structures’ in the economies of Mycenaean Greece. The aim is to propose a new and more complex idea of the Mycenaean economies, on the basis of the contextual analysis of both archaeological remains and administrative texts.
Infancy and Earliest Childhood This project investigates the role and significance of newborn children and infants in the Roman family and society.
Imperial Estate at Vagnari This project investigates the buildings, the economy, the living conditions and the role of slave labour on a Roman imperial estate in S-E Italy (Puglia).
Newark Civil War A major community-based project undertaking a comprehensive review of the nationally significant 17th-century siegeworks surrounding Newark-on-Trent.
Origins of Agriculture A NERC-funded collaborative project that aims to develop an ecological model for crop domestication.
Out of Asia

A NERC-funded dating project investigating the timing and routes of the spread of agriculture from its point of arrival in SE Europe across the continent to NW Europe.

People and Animals at Norton Priory This partnership project has the aims of conducting a rigorous study of the animal bone assemblage from Norton Priory (near Runcorn, Cheshire) and feeding the results into a new exhibition at the priory’s museum.
Pig Ethnography The Ethnoarchaeology of pig husbandry in Sardinia and Corsica.
Roman Clothing and Identities: A European Collaboration An EU-funded, international research project Clothing and Identities. New Perspectives on Textiles in the Roman Empire deals with archaeological, pictorial, written and scientific sources to explore the importance of clothing as a vehicle for the expression of social, cultural and ethnic identities in the Roman world.
SCAA Aegean archaeology has had a prominent role at Sheffield for almost thirty years. This concentration led to the establishment in 1995 of the Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology with the support of the University.
Sheffield Political Cultures An AHRC-funded cultural engagement project which focuses on the history of working-class Sheffield, socialism in the city, the life and times of Edward Carpenter and the more recent history of political activism in Sheffield.
South African Palaeocave Survey A project based in South Africa to locate cave features which may contain undisturbed hominid and other fossil deposits.
The role of animal husbandry in late Iron Age and Roman societies The role of animal husbandry in late Iron Age and Roman societies: cultural identity and relationships between Italy, Iberia and Britain
The Role of Weaning History in Medieval Infant Identities This project is applying a new dental isotope analysis method to test the hypothesis that infants buried in special locations around the walls of early medieval churches were yet to be weaned. Findings will investigate the role of breast-feeding in past communities and thus contextualise contemporary dialogues concerning infant health, nutrition and mortality.
The Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project The Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project is a multidisciplinary, community-led archaeological investigation of the 13th century charnel chapel situated beneath Rothwell Parish Church, Northants. The chapel still contains the bones of hundreds of people, who we believe lived and died between the 13th and 16th centuries.
The St Patrick’s Chapel Excavation Project Preserving Pembrokeshire’s Past. A collaboration with Dyfed Archaeology Trust to excavate and analyse an early Christian cemetery situated in sands dunes at Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire.
Thornton Abbey Project An excavation of the medieval and early modern features of Thornton Abbey in Lincolnshire. The project aims to comprehensively characterise for the first time the later phases of activity on site.
Welland Bank Quarry Animal bones from Welland Bank Quarry.
Zooarchaeology of Central England The aim of this project is to produce a review of the animal bone evidence for Central England from Mesolithic to Modern times.

Completed Research Projects

Auvergne The Iron Age in the Auvergne.
Beaker isotope project Beaker isotope project: mobility, migration and diet in the British Early Bronze Age.
Bradbourne The Bradbourne Landscape Project is situated in the Peak District of Derbyshire, and maintains a long tradition of Departmental research on the Roman and medieval periods in this area.
Domestication of Europe An investigation of the `domestication´ of Europe through phylogenetic, archaeobotanical and DNA analysis.
European Glass Production Following the recent publication of the 17th-century glass furnace from Vauxhall, this project is collating the archaeological evidence for post-medieval glass production in the capital.
European Identities Archaeology and the Origin of European Identities.
Farfa The Farfa Survey covered the area of the Sabine Hills from the monastery of Farfa westwards to the Tiber. The survey was multi-period, but had a particular focus on late Antiquity and the early middle ages.
Gnalić In 1967 a shipwreck was discovered by the rocky islet of Gnalic, at the entrance to the Pašman channel, just to the south of Biograd, Croatia. It was soon realised that the wreck was a late 16th-century merchantman, which had sunk with its cargo intact.
Integrated Archaeobotanical Research The Integrated Archaeobotanical Research Project (IAR) conducted in the Department of Archaeology of the University of Sheffield from 2007 – 2009 was part of the EU Framework 6 Transfer of Knowledge program. This project had two equal objectives, to develop an integrated research strategy for archaeobotanical remains and to create web-based training packages for archaeobotanical research.
Lincolnshire Cemeteries and Settlements in North Lincolnshire, c.700-1100 - This research project explores the development of Anglo-Saxon settlement and cemetery organisation, with particular reference to the comparatively understudied 8th to 11th centuries.
NARNIA EU FP7-PEOPLE funded project to provide research and analytical skills young researchers to conduct research on Eastern Mediterranean material culture.
New ways with old wheats This project has opened up an exciting new way for studying prehistoric agriculture.
Pakistan The British Archaeological Mission to Pakistan, under its Field Director Professor Robin Dennell, carried out research into the Palaeolithic of Pakistan in the 1980s and 1990s. This page provides information on and publications relating to this research.
Spirits of the Dead It was important to people on many levels of Roman society that, when they died, their memory be preserved for future generations, and to that end numerous and varied funerary monuments were commissioned, carved and set up in the cemeteries of towns, villages and rural estates of Roman Europe.
Utilisation of ancient DNA Utilisation of ancient DNA from charred seeds in studies of the phylogenetics and population genetics of cultivated plants.
Vedrovice project Biological and cultural identity of first farmers: multiple bio-archaeological analysis of a central European cemetery.
Venus in Pompeii Nemus et templum: Exploring the sacred garden of Venus in Pompeii - The garden of Venus at Pompeii is demonstrably one of the earliest known temple gardens in the Roman empire.
West Halton Since 2003 we have undertaken fieldwork at West Halton. Our investigations on the green, and elsewhere in the village, have revealed a nearly unbroken 1,000 year sequence of occupation from the Saxon period until the 16th century, which is a comparatively rare feature of medieval settlements in this part of Lincolnshire.