Historical archaeology, buildings, art, and identifying religion in the archaeological record. I also have a penchant for archaeological theory; Marxist approaches and notions of globalisation fascinate me in particular.
I am currently a third year student studying BA Archaeology. For my dissertation, I hope to investigate mausolea constructed during the Scottish Enlightenment, exploring how changes in society may have manifested themselves in the architecture of graveyard monuments. As mentioned above, I enjoy archaeological theory, so much so that studying in great detail individual objects or sites tends to frustrate me - placing those cases within the macrocosm holds much more appeal. I also place great weight in art because, as Robert Henri said: "There is no art without contemplation" - it is a distinctly human endeavour.
Early prehistory, cognitive evolution, landscape archaeology
Having undertaken a degree in archaeology at the University of York, I am now studying an MSc in Early Prehistory here. This course covers the Palaeolithic, moving from the evolutionary origins of the homo genus to hunter-gatherer life among humans living in glacial Europe. When I started my BA, I was new to archaeology, having applied for history, but I soon realised that it is actually more the sort of thing what I wanted to do. As well as the Palaeolithic, I am generally interested in the whole of prehistory. My main area of interest is in the evolution of human ways of thinking, especially the development of our unique sociality. My dissertation will focus on the evolution of self-restraint, while my undergraduate dissertation used GIS to look at the development of mass-gathering practices in the Neolithic-Iron Age Fens.
Roman Britain, Osteoarchaeology, diets, DNA
I am a first year bioarchaeology student. My interest in archaeology developed after studying Classical Civilisation at A Level. I find Roman Britain particularly fascinating. Alongside my A level in biology I have pursued a particular interest in ancient bones, diets and DNA. During my gap year I spent time in the UAE and as a result this has broadened my interest in middle eastern archaeology and have enjoyed visiting archaeological sites in the UAE.
Vikings, Ancient Egypt, burial practices and their associated religious beliefs.
I am a first year BSc Archaeology student. I first got interested in ancient Egypt when I was a kid, thanks to a TV Show. As I grew up, I got more interested in other civilisations. I have always liked the idea of finding artefacts and trying to understand the dynamics and beliefs of past peoples based on what they might have been used for. This is why I decided to leave France to study at the University of York and in a few years time, become an archaeologist.
Medieval society, human burials and bones and any kind of archaeology concerned with the military and conflict.
I am currently in my second year studying a BA in Historical Archaeology. I was drawn to archaeology because it provides the opportunity to get involved in the past and study history on a practical level. I’m really looking forward to getting involved in lots of excavation and fieldwork projects as part of my study at York!
Early prehistory, cognitive evolution, human evolution, primatology, Neanderthals, and the Mesolithic.
I'm currently a third year studying a BSc in archaeology. I was initially drawn to archaeology through my interest in history and heritage, and archaeology provided the opportunity to combine this interest with my love of science. I'm particularly interested in early prehistory and human origins, and I have a fascination with Neanderthals! I find the cognitive differences between Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans is particularly intriguing, especially with how these cognitive differences impact the archaeological signature the two species leave behind. As a result of my interest in hominin cognition, I also find aspects of psychology, primatology and neurology interesting, and I place great merit in using an inter-disciplinary approach to archaeology.
Historical archaeology, artefact studies, Viking and medieval trade, magic and ritual objects
I'm currently in my first year studying for a BA in Archaeology. I'm particularly interested in the impact of immigration and trade links on material culture, especially with regard to the interaction between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, as well as the archaeology of magic, ritual and belief. I hope to pursue these topics through an MA in Scandinavia.
Church archaeology and architecture, the early Medieval period, the transition to agriculture in the Middle East and Northern Europe, and the way that this relates to social change.
I am in my second year of a BA degree in Archaeology and have previously studied the subject as an A level. My interest in ancient cultures developed after studying the Greeks and later Ancient History at school, but during my sixth form I became more interested in cultures which had limited or no historical records. An A level in History of Art has also broadened my interests in the way art, decoration and architecture can reflect the political, religious and social identity of past communities.
Historical Archaeology centred mainly around the transition of Iron Age Societies to Roman occupied societies as well as an interest in Conflict Archaeology and Archaeological Theory.
I am a second year archaeology student who got interested in the subject by accident when a team of archaeologist from UCL decided to excavate a site two miles away from my house. Since then I’ve been on many more excavations and last February I was chosen to attend an International program set up by the UEA to embark on a tour of Britain’s major Archaeological sites, including Stonehenge, Sutton Hoo and Must Farm, as well as behind the scenes tours of Museums, such as the British Museum, accompanied by a group of Japanese heritage students from the University of Tokyo. I aim to be involved in as many projects as time will allow in the coming years at York.
Bioarchaeology, diet and disease, burial and funerary rites in past societies of varying cultures, and Ancient History
I am currently in my second year of my undergraduate degree studying Bioarchaeology. I've always had a strong interest in history and science which brought me to Bioarchaeology- a subject that would enable me to entwine my love for two seemingly disconnected subjects. Archaeology in my opinion is great because it is so multi-disciplinary, meaning there is always a subject that can capture someones interest.
Ancient Egyptian judicial systems, Mesopotamian divination, Underworld conceptions across the ancient world.
I'm an MPhil student in Egyptology at St. John's College, Cambridge, Founder and former President of the Cambridge Ancient Literature Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I have recently completed a dissertation on intellectual links between Late Period Egypt and Assyria, while my current MPhil research focusses on how decisions made by New Kingdom Egyptian law courts were enforced. Beyond my specific area, I have also worked on the Burnt Mounds of the British Bronze Age and on developing integrated outreach initiatives in the wider fields of Archaeology and Ancient History.
Prehistory, Animal remains, archaeological approaches to time
As an undergraduate I studied Archaeology at the University of York, and am currently at Durham for my postgraduate studies, with a focus on prehistory. I'm particularly interested in approaches to time in archaeology, although for my current Masters research I'm looking at wild/domestic divisions in the treatment of animal remains and materials made from animals.