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Research - Education: PhD Studentship
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Miniature boats and maritime culture in Iron Age Cyprus and the Levant

British Museum Collaboration

An AHRC CDP Funded PhD position in Archaeology: A partnership between the University of the Southampton and the British Museum commencing 2018.

The University of Southampton and the British Museum invite applications for a funded, three-year PhD in Archaeology. The PhD is a collaborative doctoral studentship, jointly supervised by staff at the University of Southampton and the British Museum. The student will carry out new research on model boats from Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean, looking at collections in the British Museum and other museums.

The PhD is offered as part of an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme awarded to the British Museum.

The PhD will be registered at Southampton under the primary supervision of Dr Lucy Blue (Archaeology). The doctorate will be co-supervised by the British Museum under the supervision of Dr J. D. Hill and Dr Thomas Kiely. The University of Southampton is an active research university with a flourishing postgraduate community. The British Museum supports 25 collaborative doctoral students, and the student will benefit from joint training and other opportunities arranged by the 28 museums and other cultural organisations that support Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentships (http://www.ahrc-cdp.org/).

This full-time studentship is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates and includes a further 0.5 years of funding to support training and a placement. It is expected that the student will commence their research in October 2018.

The full studentship award for students with UK residency* includes University tuition fees and a stipend of £14,553 a year plus an additional stipend of £550 p.a. for the 3 years. The Student Development Fund (equivalent to 0.5 years of stipend payments) is also available to support the cost of training, work placements, and other development opportunities.

In addition, the student will receive further funds the British Museum to undertake research (£1000 a year), and some additional support towards further research expenses. The successful applicant will be able to participate in additional training and other opportunities provided to CDP students by the CDP consortium of Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Heritage Organisations, and receive a British Museum staff pass, a workspace with computer and research library access.

Project Description: Fired clay model boats on display in the British Museum’s Cyprus galleries and other museums provide vivid images of ancient Mediterranean ships. This studentship would investigate the lives of these Iron Age models (c. 750 to 500 BC), including why they were made and deposited, and what they can reveal about the place of the seas and maritime activities in Cypriot and indeed Levantine culture during the Iron Age, as well as their value for understanding the full-sized vessels they represent (see summary of the project proposal attached below). The project will involve studying models in museums and other collections in the UK, Europe and Cyprus.

Eligibility: This scholarship is open to UK and EU nationals. Students with *UK residency are eligible for the full stipend and payment of University tuition fees. Students with EU residency are eligible for a fees-only studentship award. International applicants are not normally eligible to apply for this studentship.

*UK residency means having settled status in the UK (that is no restriction on how long you can stay in the UK); and having been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (that is you must have been normally residing in the UK apart from temporary or occasional absences); and not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education.

Applicants are expected to have a Masters Degree in Archaeology or equivalent. They should have a working knowledge of Mediterranean/ Near Eastern Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology and Material Culture Studies. They must have an interest in maritime archaeology or history, and it is essential that they also have an interest in material culture. The language of the research is English but a working knowledge of French is also highly desirable.

Entry requirements: The minimum of a good 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) and a Masters or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Application: Please email [email protected] with the following documents:

-A max 400 word personal statement explaining why you are applying for this studentship and how it supports your future career aspirations.

-A writing sample (no more than 5,000 words)

-A CV, including publications (if any)

-The details of two academic references. Please also arrange that your referees send their confidential references directly, by email, from their professional address, to the address above by the deadline.

Requirement: Submission of an application to do a PhD at the University of Southampton

Deadline:  Tuesday May 1st 2018

Interviews: May 15th 2018 afternoon in British Museum or by skype