Apply for our fully-funded PhD: Telling Different Stories

Study at Bournemouth and MOLA from Autumn 2021 on innovations with publication, interpretation & archiving of linear archaeological infrastructural projects!

Screenshot of web advert for our Bournemouth Uni – MOLA PhD opportunity – deadline for applications 21 June 2021
https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/courses/phd-studentship-telling-different-stories

I am incredibly excited to announce this fully-funded PhD opportunity (including living stipend), based between Bournemouth University and MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), focused on innovations with the publication, interpretation and archiving of major linear archaeological infrastructure projects.

Two absolute inspirations to me – Prof Mark Gillings and Prof Kate Welham – will be co-supervising this doctoral studentship alongside myself and my colleague Dr Sorina Spanou (MOLA’s Director of Infrastructure). And Bournemouth has agreed to wave international student fees, meaning that this opportunity is open to anyone! We are also able to consider candidates who come from different backgrounds – meaning that if you have a wealth of professional experience, but your previous educational background doesn’t exactly match the academic requirements, we encourage you to apply.

The project seeks to draw upon recent developments in archaeological theory and the digital humanities in order to engage in a more creative fashion with the vast quantities of archaeological data that are generated by the most ambitious of current commercial fieldwork projects; those focused upon large-scale linear infrastructure. The aim is to develop wholly new ways of approaching, interpreting, presenting and archiving the wealth of archaeological information generated by such projects, and through this, new interpretations of the past.

Specific aims of the PhD include:

  1. To challenge and unsettle existing commercial approaches to the post-excavation, publication and archiving of large-scale infrastructure projects by revealing, critically evaluating and challenging the core assumptions and frameworks that underpin them.
  2. To explore the ways in which new, and potentially radical, developments in archaeological theory, critical cartography and digital storytelling can be used to reveal different pathways into and through the datasets generated.
  3. To examine the ways in which emerging trends in archaeological theory and critical thought can be brought into productive dialogue with the realities and exigencies of large-scale commercial fieldwork, to the benefit of both.
  4. To develop new ways of engaging with the datasets yielded by large-scale infrastructural work; approaches that can help shape future post-excavation and publication practice as well as allow wholly new archaeological narratives and interpretations to emerge.

You can read a fuller project description on the Bournemouth website, and you can apply by clicking on the green ‘Apply now’ button at the top of the advert page and completing the online application form. Alongside covering tuition fees, the studentship includes an annual stipend of £15,450 to cover living costs.

The closing date for applications is 21 June 2021. Interviews will be held 8 July 2021.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or any of our supervisory team if you have questions!

New adventures! Moving on to Museum of London Archaeology – MOLA

From November 2019, I’ll be joining the MOLA team in London…

Screenshot of the top banner from the MOLA website, depicting archaeological specialists excavating an unidentified site.
Screenshot from MOLA Website. Read more about MOLA’s scope and activities.

I want to end the week by sharing with you an exciting piece of news that’s gone public today… **drum roll**

From November, I will be moving to London to join the incredible team at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) in the role of Director of Research and Engagement. I am genuinely elated about this opportunity!!

The position will allow me to work with many of the best professionals in the sector – archaeologists, engagement experts, specialists in conservation, environment, community, design, visualisation, publication, digital media, and more – to grow the scope and reach of MOLA’s research and engagement activities.

There’s much to say about the position, about all the exciting things planned at MOLA, and about all the exciting things that MOLA can (and does) make possible for archaeology and heritage more broadly. For now, though, I’ll sign off to celebrate! I’m indebted to my colleagues, friends, mentors and students at the Department of Archaeology in York for giving me the chance to grow, teach, learn, research, laugh, play, test, evaluate, revise, and always strive for meaningful forms of success tailored to specific audiences and needs. This exciting opportunity for me is born of York’s community and its support of my teams’ work with many other communities around the world. Thank you.

Here’s to new adventures!