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PhD Studentship: Performing the Past: Participant Based Experimental Archaeology as part of Research, Education and Practice

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th March 2019
Closes: 12th May 2019

Funding amount: £15,000 maintenance grant per annum

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Derek Pitman

Project Description: This project aims to explore the value of experimental engagement within heritage outreach. Specifically, it will investigate experimental archaeology tool for the dissemination of archaeological knowledge through research led ‘performances’. Public engagement is central to the archaeological process and this ambitious project seeks to explore the potential of combining public outreach and active, inquiry-led research.

The PhD project will involve the development and implication of a programme of public engagement that explores early crafts and technologies, carried out in partnership with the Hengistbury Head Visitors centre (part of Bournemouth Borough Council). The method is centred on a series of citizen science projects that will explore prehistoric technologies and outreach opportunities in partnership with heritage volunteers, that seek to understand life in the past alongside the performative aspects of ancient communities. The project will include research into the selection and transformation of local resources into material goods that were used and traded through the prehistoric port at Hengistbury Head alongside aspects of reconstruction and digitisation. These projects will utilise direct participation of heritage volunteers and visitors to the site and the process of engagement will be explored and recorded. This dual approach method will allow clear links to be drawn between research, performance and pedagogy in an innovative way.

The research project will work alongside colleagues at Hengistbury Head to plan and deliver the programme of engagement and outreach. It draws on the strengths and ambitions of both partners in that Hengistbury Head is the ideal locale for heritage engagement and BU has a track record of experimental archaeological and outreach research. The successful candidate will work alongside heritage professionals to plan, implement and deliver this programme. 

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 48 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 12 May 2019.

Interviews for this project will be held on Friday 17th May.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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