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PhD Studentship - Uncovering the Hidden Wetland Histories of the Humber Estuary from the Late Iron Age to the Early Medieval Period

University of Hull

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Kingston upon Hull
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 (2023/23 rate)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 24th January 2024

Supervisors: Professor Graham Ferrier, Dr. Stuart Mottram, Dr. Jane Bunting, Dr. Helen Fenwick

Enquiries: watercultures@hull.ac.uk

Hours: 4 years Full time

Subject areas:

Historical & Philosophical Studies (Archaeology, history), Physical & Environmental Science (Environmental Sciences)

Project description:

The Humber Estuary has changed dramatically over the last two thousand years as a result of environmental change. From the Roman up to the Norman period sea level was much higher, up to 1m more, than today. The landscape was consequently dramatically different, with most of East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire dominated by water landscapes with extensive dry land limited to the Wolds and Holderness.

We currently have very limited understanding of the relationships between these human communities and the water landscapes forming the banks of the Humber Estuary during these periods. The landscape and the physical evidence left behind by these societies is almost entirely hidden, therefore in order to reconstruct the physical, social, economic and cultural geographies we have to employ a wide range of techniques including field surveying environmental mapping and computer-based analysis techniques to combine disparate lines of evidence.

This project provides an outstanding opportunity to investigate how earlier societies perceived and adapted to changing water landscapes across the Humber Estuary. The results of this project will offer significant insights into life along an estuary during times of environmental change, of interest to both current dwellers along the Humber and other communities in similar settings.

This is a funded 4-year PhD studentship to start in September 2024. An exciting opportunity for an ambitious, talented and enthusiastic researcher to conduct interdisciplinary research in order to advance thinking within the area of blue-green humanities.

To watch our recent webinar which includes an introduction to this research scholarship click here.

If you have any queries about this project, please address them to watercultures@hull.ac.uk, rather than contacting the supervisor directly. This is to support our inclusive recruitment practices. Our Water Cultures Professional Services Team will liaise with Supervisors and ensure you receive responses to your queries.

Funding:

This PhD scholarship is funded for 48 months, covering fees at the UK rate, a maintenance grant of £18,622 per year (2023/24 rate), and a research and training support grant.

Eligibility:

You should have a good first degree (at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent) in a relevant subject (eg History, Geography, Archaeology or related disciplines). A Masters in a relevant subject is desirable, but not essential.

If your first language is not English, or you require Tier 4 student visa to study, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language competency. The IELTS requirement is 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each skill.

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