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Applications Open: Funded three-year PhD in Archaeological Science

The UCL Institute of Archeology and The British Museum invite applications for a funded three-year PhD in Archeological Science. The PhD is offered as part of an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme awarded to the British Museum and will be jointly supervised by staff at the Institute of Archeology and the British Museum.

Deadline: Tuesday May 1st 2018

The successful applicant will prepare a doctoral dissertation that investigates the uses of Greek decorated pottery vessels in the 8th - 4th century BC Mediterranean through organic residue analysis. They will develop a systematic interdisciplinary approach that combines organic residue analysis, the investigation of a vessel’s excavation, collection and conservation history and the study of archaeological and textual evidence for its ancient use. Data will be collected to answer questions such as: Which commodities, if any, did decorated Greek ceramics contain? How were vessels used in different ancient socio-cultural contexts? To what extent does the collection, display and conservation history of the pottery affect its potential for scientific analysis?

As the first systematic study of its kind, the research will contribute significant results to classical scholarship, while the development of an integrated methodology for museum collections will be of wider scientific relevance.

The PhD will be registered at UCL Institute of Archaeology under the co-supervision of Dr Renata F Peters (Conservation) and Dr Corinna Riva (Mediterranean Archaeology). It will be co-supervised at the British Museum by Professor Carl Heron (Scientific Research) and Dr Alexandra Villing (Greece and Rome). The Institute of Archaeology at UCL, a research-intensive university, has a large and flourishing postgraduate student community. The British Museum supports 25 collaborative doctoral students, and the student will benefit from joint training and other opportunities arranged by the 28 museums and other cultural organisations that support Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentships ( 

This full-time studentship is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates and includes a further 0.5 years of funding to support training and a placement. It is expected that the student will commence their research in October 2018. 

The full studentship award for students with UK residency* includes University tuition fees and a stipend of £14,777 a year plus an additional stipend of £550 p.a. for the 3 years. The Student Development Fund (equivalent to 0.5 years of stipend payments) is also available to support the cost of training, work placements, and other development opportunities.

In addition, the student will receive further funds from the British Museum to undertake research (£1000 a year), and some additional support towards further research expenses. The successful applicant will be able to participate in additional training and other opportunities provided to CDP students by the CDP consortium of Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Heritage Organisations, and receive a British Museum staff pass, a workspace with computer and research library access.

You can find more information in AHRC website.


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