The Archaeology of Early Modern Sieges – PhD Studentship

An AHRC-funded PhD studentship from October 2013 at the University of Huddersfield, in collaboration with English Heritage.

‘Establishing a methodology to unlock the archaeology of attack on siege sites: a case study from 17th-Century England.’

This studentship will explore the archaeology of attack at mid-17th century English Civil War siege sites, comprising bullet scatters around the sites and bullet and round shot impact scars on standing structures. Work will include metal detecting survey, bullet analysis, and impact scar recording. Interpretation will be complemented by experimental firing studies underway at Cranfield University.

The main supervisor will be Dr Glenn Foard, Reader in Battlefield Archaeology. Further details are available by email from Rukhsana Browning/Frances Phillips (

Applications are invited from highly motivated students interested in applying scientific methods to this neglected aspect of conflict studies. Applicants would normally be expected to have a Masters degree in archaeology, but students with Masters level experience in other relevant subjects, including ballistics and forensics, will also be considered.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards provide support for three years of full-time study leading to a doctoral degree. A full award includes tuition fees and a maintenance grant. The maintenance grant will meet the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend level set by the UK Research Councils. The full-time maintenance stipend level for 2013-4 will be circa £15,500 pa.

The closing date for applications is 21 August 2013.

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Interviews will be in the week of 2 September 2013.

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