The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of Tuition Fee Waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.
We welcome applications and research proposals for PhD Archaeology and Ancient History in the following research areas.
Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form and submit your online application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page
Dr Eric Guiry email@example.com
uses the stable isotope composition of archaeological remains to explore past cultural and biological phenomena. He is particularly interested in understanding the evolution of human-animal relationships, and to apply what we can learn to real-world challenges in archaeology and beyond. His research covers a wide range of questions like, what do the diets of dogs and cats tell us about the societies of their human keepers? Can the behaviour of archaeological pests like rats help us understand the processes involved in commensalism and biological invasions? Can we find patterns in past animal ecology that can help address key questions for present and future environmental restoration efforts? He can supervise projects in any region of the world or time period.
Dr Jan Haywood firstname.lastname@example.org
has research interests that span the history of the ancient Greek world and its receptions. His primary field is ancient Greek historiography, notably on the historian Herodotus and issues of his historical methodology and intellectual context, but also on the other major Greek historians, Thucydides and Xenophon. He also specialises in certain aspects of ancient Greek religion, such as the use of – and changing approaches to – oracles, dreams, and other methods of communication with the gods. A further interest is the ways in which different cultural and historical aspects of ancient Greece have been received beyond antiquity, and he has published on the reception history of the Trojan War tradition, from the classical period to the twenty-first century.
Dr Sarah Inskip email@example.com
has research interests in the area of Bioarchaeology, focusing on the analysis of human skeletal and animal remains. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between human behavioural practices/habits and the emergence and spread of disease in past populations. At present, she is focusing on the relationship between tobacco use and health in the early modern period and would be happy to supervise topics relating to any aspect of this research area, including biomolecular approaches and in areas outside Western Europe. She is also keen to supervise students that have an interest in health in Roman Britain, and the origin and spread of leprosy and tuberculosis in any time period or location.
Dr Selena Wisnom firstname.lastname@example.org
is happy to supervise topics related to ancient Mesopotamian history, literature, religion, and scholarship. In particular her interests lie in Akkadian and Sumerian poetry, history of the neo-Assyrian period, and the history of ideas in the ancient near East, especially as represented in divinatory texts of all genres (astrological, sacrificial, omens of human behaviour, et cetera). She is also interested in the reception of ancient Mesopotamia and creative ways of engaging with its heritage, in particular through theatre and performance.