Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and ancient Land-usE - Study with us

If you are interested in studying archaeobotany and ancient land use, at the University of Sheffield we have courses aimed at all levels of training.

Undergraduate Study

At undergraduate level you can complete either a BSc in Archaeological Science or BA in Archaeology or Classical and Historical Archaeology and receive basic training in archaeobotany and ancient land-use. As part of your degree you will undertake modules on `Archaeology in the Laboratory,┬┤ `Bioarchaeology,' `Reconstructing Ancient Environments,┬┤ `Reconstructing Ancient Landscapes,' `Environmental Archaeology┬┤, as well as other modules in archaeology. In your third year you will complete a dissertation which could be research into an aspect of archaeobotany or ancient land use. For more information on our undergraduate programmes please use the link on the right.

Masters Study

Analysing charred macroremains

At postgraduate level we offer several different one year taught masters courses within the Department. For those interested in archaeobotany and ancient land use we have an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy and also an MSc in Geoarchaeology. Each masters course is composed of practical and theoretical modules and a dissertation which permits you to focus on your area of interest. In the MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy you will have courses on palynology, geoarchaeology, environmental archaology, archaeobotany, archaeozoology, computing and statistics and palaeoeconomy and the opportunity to complete a dissertation in one of these areas. Please see the websites on the right for more details on our masters programmes.

Visiting Scholars

We are also able to host visiting scholars for short periods of time. If you are a student, you could join us through the Erasmus programme and attend our taught courses. If you are a researcher or PhD student interested in visiting the centre to work with us or use our facilities and reference collections we would be happy to host you. We also welcome more senior colleagues to join us to find out more of what we do. In particular, members of the centre specialise in the archaeobotany of the British Isles, Near East, Greece, and Mediterranean region, statistics in archaeobotany, the application of functional ecological traits to archaeobotany and archaeobotanical DNA.

PhD Study

If you are wishing to do a PhD in the centre, information on postgraduate research can be found on the right together with information on funding availablity. We would be interested in supervising research into the following areas:

  • Integrating the Evidence for the Spread of Cereal Agriculture in Europe
  • Exploring the Evolutionary Process of Cereal and Pulse Domestication through functional and ecological analysis