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PhD in Environmental Archaeology. ‘The environmental impact of political, military and religious changes in the Eastern Caelian, Rome 1st to 8th centuries AD/CE’

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  • Full or part time
    Prof I Haynes
    Dr L Shillito
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
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Project Description

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Start date and duration
October 2020 for three years

This studentship is part of the project Rome Transformed: interdisciplinary analysis of Political, Military and Religious regenerations of the city’s forgotten quarter C1-C8 CE (RomeTrans), funded through an ERC Advanced grant awarded to Prof. Ian Haynes at Newcastle University.

The successful applicant will work with physical geographers and environmental archaeologists to illuminate the impact of the political, military and religious changes, and their associated activities, in transforming the environment of the Eastern Caelian over eight centuries.

The PhD student will undertake multi-proxy environmental analysis of sediment cores (including pollen and geochemistry) from across the study area to produce a picture of vegetation and landscape transformation, situating their results in the wider context of regional environmental change. As part of the research programme, the student will also work with the team’s geomaticians, archaeological geophysicists and visualisation specialists to integrate their data into the RomeTrans GIS and to produce visualisations of the changing rural, sub-urban, and urban landscape of south-eastern Rome.

European Research Council

Funding for this project is guaranteed to completion.

Name of supervisor(s)
Supervisory Team (Newcastle): Professor Ian Haynes (, Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito (

Advisory Board (Florence): Professor Margherita Azzari, Professor Paolo Liverani.

Eligibility Criteria
A high 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, or equivalent, in archaeology or a related subject area.

A Masters degree (merit or distinction) in a relevant subject area to be completed before starting the PhD. Experience in environmental archaeology, palynology and related methodologies.

Desirable: Knowledge of Italian. For those without Italian, support and instruction will be made available.

If English is not your first language we require you to meet the following English language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

insert the programme code 8210F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD School of History, Classic and Archaeology (full time) - Archaeology’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code hca003 in the studentship/partnership reference field
There is no requirement to attach a research proposal to your application. In addition to completing the online application, you are asked to send a copy of your personal statement and CV direct to Professor Haynes by email ([Email Address Removed]) citing the studentship code hca003.

Professor Ian Haynes (
School of History, Classics and Archaeology (
Email: [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU/International tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £15,490.00 pa.

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