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The archaeology of medieval horses, equestrianism and material culture

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  • Full or part time
    Prof O Creighton
    Prof A Outram
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Location: University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter EX4 4QJ

Project description:

This fully funded PhD will run alongside and complement the AHRC-funded research project ‘Warhorse: the Archaeology of a Military Revolution? run by Profs Oliver Creighton and Alan Outram at the University of Exeter and Prof Robert Liddiard at the University of East Anglia. The AHRC project will conduct the first ever systematic archaeological study of warhorses in the Middle Ages, including their physical remains, material culture and the landscapes used for their breeding and training. Comprehensively examining the full range of evidence from the late Anglo-Saxon to the early Tudor period (c. AD 800–1550), the project will produce new understandings about a beast that was an unmistakable symbol of social status closely bound up with aristocratic, knightly and chivalric culture as well as a decisive weapon on the battlefield.

This studentship, funded by the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter will run concurrently with and add value to the AHRC-funded project. The successful candidate will develop a PhD that will be complementary to the AHRC-project by examining a related aspect of the archaeology of medieval horses, equestrianism and material culture. The successful candidate will work alongside the project team, under the supervision of Profs Creighton and Outram to produce a related, but also independent and distinctive, piece of research.

A list of potential topics is included below, or, alternatively, candidates are invited to develop another related topic, to be negotiated with the supervisory team.
Potential topics:
• Medieval horses in Continental Europe.
• Art-historical approaches to the medieval horse.
• The changing uses and roles of horses, including for traction and agriculture, in medieval and early modern Britain.
• Horses and the archaeology of chivalric culture.
• Horses and sport and leisure in medieval Britain.

Project specific enquiries should be directed to the lead supervisor, Professor Oliver Creigton: [Email Address Removed]

If you have general questions about the application process or studying a research degree at Exeter please email: [Email Address Removed]

Entry requirements:
You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Archaeology, History, Art History or a related field. Experience in a field such as medieval archaeology, material culture studies, medieval history or zooarchaeology is desirable.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. See more here:

To Apply for this project, please click ’Apply Online’ on this webpage, then ’Apply Now’ on the Exeter site.

Funding Notes

This studentship is funded by the College of Humanities, and will comprise of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £14,777 per year.

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