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Performing the Past: participant based experimental archaeology as part of research, education and practice

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.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

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

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

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

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

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

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