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 2017-18:

Jayne Burland (BSc Archaeology, 2018)Emily Willey Prize in Archaeology for the best performance in Archaeology degree results.

Abigail Sieradzki (BA Classical & Historical Archaeology, 2018): Ian Sanders Honours Prize in Classical Archaeology.

Thomas Holt (BA Archaeology and History, 2018): Robert Kiln Prize for Landscape and Aerial Archaeology for his dissertation on "The landscape of rural Tinsley: An Archaeological and Documentary Study into the impact of the Eighteenth-Century Agricultural Revolution".

Thomas Holt (BA Archaeology and History, 2018): recipient of the inaugural Hunter Society Prize, awarded by the Hunter Archaeological Society, for his dissertation on “The landscape of rural Tinsley: An Archaeological and Documentary Study into the impact of the Eighteenth-Century Agricultural Revolution".

Robert Kenyon (BSc Archaeology, 2019): Christopher Fernie Birthday Book Prize for the best performance in Archaeology at Level 2.

Lingbo Zhou (BSc Archaeology, 2020): Jennifer Derwent Prize in Archaeology for the best performance in Archaeology at Level 1. 

Erina Mameuda (BA Archaeology, 2020) & Lingbo Zhou (BSc Archaeology, 2020): Ian Sanders Level 1 Prize in Classical Archaeology.

Jayne Burland (BSc Archaeology, 2018): recipient of the Gibbons Prize and the Kay Harvey Prize in Archaeological Science for her dissertation on "Saffron Crocus in Aegean Prehistory".

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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