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Animal Traction and Mobility Modelling in Archaeology: Developing robust and transferable approaches to modelling premodern mobility

   Department of Archaeology

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  Dr J Wright, Dr C Cottrill  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Modelling of movement is a key part of understanding prehistoric networks from daily subsistence to regional exchange systems, settlement location choices, resources extraction and nomadism. The most common tools for this task are developed for foot or motor transport and modern transport systems. Archaeological models of mobility are by necessity built with these as foundational elements.

This project should use a range of data including human and animal physiology, the physical characteristics of transport media, historic accounts and instruction manuals, reconstruction, observational studies and faunal analysis to develop robust and transferable approaches to modelling premodern mobility. This is fundamentally a GIS project focused on the use of different cost surface models and the development of their parameters. Of primary interest are: the movement of horses, sheep, paddled canoes, carts and oxen. Case studies may be drawn from medieval Northeast Asia, The Aegean islands, Northeastern Scotland, or wherever you like as long as the fundamental work is done. A knowledge of GIS or an intense willingness to rapidly learn it and its uses in archaeology is of great value for this project.

The successful candidate should have, or expect to have, an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Archaeology, Geography, Anthropology, Computer Science, Applied Physics.

Knowledge of: GIS software

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Archaeology. Formal applications can be completed online: You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing.NOTE CLEARLY THE NAME OF THE SUPERVISOR and EXACT PROJECT TITLE ON THE APPLICATION FORM. Applicants are limited to applying for a maximum of 2 projects. Any further applications received will be automatically withdrawn.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr J Wright ([Email Address Removed]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter and to discuss potential project proposal development.. All general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit ([Email Address Removed]).

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project, it is for self-funded students only