Undergraduate Research

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From day one of your Undergraduate degree you will have plenty of opportunities to get involved in the Department's research. At Sheffield, teaching is research-led and you will be taught by academics who are internationally-renowned for research in their area of specialism. Your course will provide you with fieldwork opportunities which give you you the chance to play your part in live ongoing research projects, locally or further afield. A packed programme of lunchtime lectures, exhibitions, festivals and events provides plenty of opportunities for you to learn about all the research going on in the Department, in Archaeology and in other academic disciplines.

If you come and visit the Archaeology Department on an Open Day, you will be offered the chance to take part in a fieldwork taster session, assisting with real data collection at our project in St George's Church, just around the corner from the Department in Sheffield City Centre. Why not begin your contribution to archaeological research at Sheffield before you have even started your course?

Your Dissertation

In the final year of your Undergraduate degree, you will become a fully-fledged researcher by undertaking your dissertation.  This challenging piece of work provides you with the opportunity to pursue your own particular areas of interest within Archaeology and to produce an original piece of research.  You will be supported and guided all the way in this process by your academic tutor.

Watch our video to hear this year's students talking about their experiences of of writing their dissertations - on hand-in day.

Our Undergraduate students choose a wide variety of topics for their dissertation research.  The word cloud below reflects some of the key themes explored by our current final-year Undergraduate students in their dissertation research this year.

Getting Involved

Watch our video about Victoria and Alannah, undergraduate students who spent part of their Summer break assisting with the Department's Manor Lodge research.

While the majority of dissertation projects do not involve any additional cost to the student, you may incur some expenses such as for travel, accommmodation and personal expenses if you choose a topic that is not resourced by the department.

Research Themes

This year, the themes explored in our Undergraduates' dissertations included:

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Produce a high quality piece of research and you could be in the running for a prize. The following Archaeology Undergraduate students won prizes for their research in 2016-17:

Elizabeth Back (BA Archaeology and History, 2017) and Katie Mackinder (BA Archaeology and History, 2017): Elizabeth and Katie share the Emily Willey Prize in Archaeology for the best performance in Archaeology degree results.

Alexandra Davies (BA Archaeology, 2017): Ian Sanders Honours Prize in Classical Archaeology for her distinction in the field of Classical or Mediterranean Archaeology - including her dissertation, on "A reassessment of female seclusion in Greek houses during the Classical and Hellenistic periods".

Holly Rosevear (BA Archaeology and History, 2017): Robert Kiln Prize for Landscape and Aerial Archaeology for her dissertation on "Al Fresco dining in Campania, 2nd century BC-2nd century AD".

Lola Smart (BA Archaeology and History, 2017): recipient of the inaugural Hunter Society Prize, awarded by the Hunter Archaeological Society, for her dissertation on “Streets in the sky or super-dump? The archaeology of working-class housing in Sheffield”.

Jayne Burland (BSc Archaeology, 2018): Christopher Fernie Birthday Book Prize for the best performance in Archaeology at Level 2.

Robert Kenyon (BSc Archaeology, 2019): Jennifer Derwent Prize in Archaeology for the best performance in Archaeology at Level 1. Robert also shares in the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for the best Level 1 performance in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Megan Phoenix (BA Archaeology and History, 2019): Ian Sanders Level 1 Prize in Classical Archaeology for outstanding performance in Classical or Mediterranean archaeology. Megan also shares in the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for the best Level 1 performance in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Archaeology Exhibition

Women in Ancient Athens (Victoria Worthington)

Victoria Worthington explores the material evidence for the status of women in Ancient Athens.

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Tooth-wear and status (Greer Dewdney)

Greer Dewdney's scientific study reveals the surprising secrets that dental-wear suggests about social standing in late Medieval England.

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