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Digital Recording, Fieldwork and Craft at Museum of London Archaeology

Project Description

This Arts and Humanties Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) PhD, Digital Recording, Fieldwork and Craft at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) investigates the impact of digital methods on the documentation, interpretation, publication, and dissemination in archaeological knowledge production. The proposed PhD will evaluate digital recording strategies for commercial archaeological units, using MOLA as a primary case study and with consultation from the Archaeology Data Service. Previous studies of digital recording have focussed on academic projects that do not have the scope, impact or challenges of the large, ongoing projects such as those performed regularly at MOLA. This research also examines the process of how archaeologists interpret remains, understand the past and how we may better transmit this understanding to others. Work in this area is emerging and applicable to broader questions of learning.

Potential research questions:

Do digital recording strategies impact the interpretation of archaeological remains?
Can digital recording be used to improve working conditions and enskilling of archaeologists?
How does data captured in the field feed into collaborative analysis projects that are already primarily digital?
How do digital recording methods in the field sit within the context of the wider use of digital data capture by finds and environmental specialists?
Can digital recording strategies enable broader public engagement, reuse or creative synergies outside of the traditional archaeological audience?

These are potential research questions for the student to undertake; the successful applicant will be able to shape the PhD with the support of the student’s supervisors.

This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Colleen Morgan (University of York) and Louise Fowler (MOLA). The student will be expected to spend time at both York and MOLA, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK.

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Funding Notes

AHRC CDP doctoral training grants fund full-time studentships for 45 months (or part-time equivalent). The studentship has the possibility of being extended for an additional 3 months to provide professional development opportunities, or up to 3 months funding may be used to pay for the costs the student might incur in taking up professional development.
The studentship covers a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£15,285 for 2020-2021), an allowance of £1000/year to enable collaboration with the partner organisation, an additional allowance of £1000/year for expenses incurred in undertaking research, and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

How good is research at University of York in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 18.78

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