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We encourage all our students to get involved and take an active role in our academic community and there will be many opportunities for our students to become personally involved with the research being conducted in the Department.

Professor Alan Outram, Head of Archaeology

Postgraduate research

Archaeology at Exeter is currently involved in exciting research in Britain and around the world. We have active fieldwork and research projects in Britain, Europe, South America, North America, Central Asia and South Asia.

Get to know a few of our PhD students;

Research in the Archaeology Department covers human origins through to the recent past, and is characterised by theoretically informed field-based approaches and a strong commitment to methodological innovation.

Our staff and research students work in Britain, mainland Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America, and in the last research Assessment Exercise (2008) we were ranked second in the UK for World Leading and Internationally Excellent Research in Archaeology (based on the amount of 3* and 4* research).

Our research covers a wide range of areas, these broad headings give an indication of our special interests:

  • Archaeology of the Americas
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Experimental archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Material culture
  • Wetlands, coastal and maritime landscapes

Explore our research centres and research projects to find out more about our current research topics.

Visit our Archaeology staff profiles for details on individual staff research interests and publications.

Supervisors - all students have a primary and a secondary supervisor who provide regular, high quality advice, support and direction in their academic endeavours. You will work closely with your supervisors over three to four years (full time PhD) or six to seven (part-time PhD) to develop, investigate and write-up a project at the cutting edge of theological research.

Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests or use the search box on the right of this page to find a supervisor.

Mentor - each student will also be assigned a mentor who will take on a pastoral role and mediate on any problems that arise during the period of study. Your mentor will keep in regular contact and will provide background stability and support.

Graduate School Office - the College of Humanities has a dedicated Graduate School Office that supports our postgraduate research students during their study with us. The Office promotes intellectual and social contact between research students in all our disciplines to foster a vibrant research community within the College.

Our current PhD students

We're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. There are currently around 50 PhD students in the Department, many of whom maintain an online personal profile detailing their research activities. Follow the links below to find out more about them and their research projects.

StudentResearch titleFirst supervisorSecond supervisor
Daiana Alves 'Plant management in Pre-Columbian Amazonia from an archaeobotanical approach of Tapajó culture' Professor José Iriarte Dr Marisa Lazzari
Kathryn Bonnet The Kandyan blacksmith: an assessment of repertoire and skills using archaeological fieldwork, ethnometallurgy, microstructural analysis and experimental re-enactment Dr Gillian Juleff Professor Sharada Srinivasan
Cynthia Bradley Remaking the Mazeway: a study of the mortuary and skeletal evidence from the Ancestral Pueblo site of Wallace Ruin. Professor José Iriarte Professor Alan Outram
Gabrielle Collins Communicating Climate Change: An Investigation into the Public Presentation of Climate Change at Museums and Archaeological Sites. Dr Linda Hurcombe Robert Van De Noort
Gillian Cuthbert Enriching the Neolithic: The Forgotten People of the Barrows. Dr Catriona McKenzie Dr Linda Hurcombe
Jonas De Souza Pathways to Power in the Southern Brazilian Highlands: Architectonic Diversity, Function, and Change in Taquara/Itararé Ceremonial Centres Professor José Iriarte Dr Marisa Lazzari
Hayley Foster A Zooarchaeological study of changing butchery practices and species exploitation: social and fashionable changes in dining habits in Medieval castles in England. Professor Alan Outram Professor Oliver Creighton
James Glover Chipped-stone technology and social identities in Mesolithic Cornwall: how social practices and agency of the lithic chaîne opératoire reflect identity in the micro and macro scale. Dr Linda Hurcombe Dr Marisa Lazzari
Regina Gonda Pre-Columbian Amazon-Scale Transformations. Professor José Iriarte Dunia H. Urrego
David Gould Rabbit Warrens of South West England: landscape context, socio-economic significance and symbolism Professor Oliver Creighton Stuart Prior
Ethan Greenwood Wealdon Iron Research Group Collaborative Doctoral Studentship Dr Gillian Juleff Dr Robert Morkot
Kaushalya Gunasena Cultural, Technological and Ideological Exchange: Sri Lanka – South India Interaction from a Personal Adornment Perspective during the Proto-historic to Early Historic Periods Dr Gillian Juleff Professor Sharada Srinivasan
Lautaro Hilbert past human impact on Amazonian forests Professor José Iriarte Dr Marisa Lazzari
Emmet Jackson The Irish contribution to the study of Egyptology in the nineteenth century: with specific reference to Lady Harriet Kavanagh. Dr Robert Morkot Dr Marisa Lazzari
Emily Johnson Domesticated animals in the LBK: butchery practices and the nature of meat and fat exploitation Professor Alan Outram Dr Linda Hurcombe
Mandy Kingdom The Past People of Exeter: Health, Social Standing and Well-being in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. Dr Catriona McKenzie Professor Oliver Creighton
Madeleine Knibb The Significance of field-names in a diverse historic rural landscape. Professor Stephen Rippon Professor Oliver Creighton
Matthew Knight The intentional destruction and deposition of Bronze Age metalwork in South-West England – an assessment of prehistoric personhood and the relationship between people and objects. Dr Linda Hurcombe Joanna Brück
Alice Oriana La Porta Stone Projectile Point Technology: does it exist in the Western European Middle Palaeolithic? Techno-functional analysis of Middle Palaeolithic convergent tools. Dr Linda Hurcombe Robert Hosfield
Malene Lauritsen Exeter from fort to city: a faunal perspective Professor Alan Outram Professor Stephen Rippon
Xuelei Li Fox Trails through time Professor Alan Outram Dr Linda Hurcombe
Yu Li The Formation, Development and Transmission of Southwest China's Iron Smelting Technology Dr Gillian Juleff Dr Marisa Lazzari
Carole Lomas Early Medieval Churches in Somerset Professor Stephen Rippon Professor Oliver Creighton
David Marshall Lines on a landscape – the divisions of space on the human landscape of the Isle of Wight Professor Stephen Rippon Professor Oliver Creighton
Sabine Martin Functional study of Middle Paleolithic vein-quartz industries from the European sites of Payre (France) and from Atapuerca's Grand Dolina (Spain): Elaboration of a repository for diagnostic stigmata. Dr Linda Hurcombe Professor Bruce Bradley
Debanjan Mitra Study of Cognitive Implications on Stone-tool Technology of the Belan, Son and Middle Ganga Valleys, India from circa 60kyr – 10kyr Professor Bruce Bradley Professor Anindya Sinha
Richard Nevell Castle slighting in England and Wales from the 11th to 15th centuries. Professor Oliver Creighton Professor Stephen Rippon
Claire Nicholas Enabling an indigenous population to regain access to their lost heritage and knowledge Dr Robert Morkot Dr Marisa Lazzari
Eddie Procter Topographical legacies of monasticism: evolving perceptions and realities of monastic estate landscapes in the south eastern Welsh Marches Professor Stephen Rippon Professor Oliver Creighton
Joanne Pye Place names in the Cornish landscape. Professor Stephen Rippon Professor Oliver Creighton
Bruce Rusch Cultural settlement pattern behaviour reconstruction of the Potter Paleoindian site and its relationship to the Israel River Complex sites using lithic analysis. Professor Bruce Bradley Professor José Iriarte
Leonard Sidebottom Heritage of city walls. Professor Oliver Creighton Professor Stephen Rippon
Jemma Singleton Connecting the Dots with Rock Art; A regional study of rock art sites in South India to identify the cultural interaction between humans and the landscape. Dr Linda Hurcombe Professor Sharada Srinivasan
Sarah Stainer From Tinners to Antiquarians: An archaeological analysis of the evidence for medieval and later attitudes toward prehistoric features on southern Dartmoor. Professor Stephen Rippon Dr Hajnalka Herold
David Stone Mutually Assured Construction? A study of West Saxon and Mercian political, economic and military co-operation in the ninth and tenth centuries Professor Oliver Creighton Dr Levi Roach
Belinda Tibbetts Foetal and infant skeletal palaeopathology as an indicator of maternal health and population stress. Dr Catriona McKenzie Professor Alan Outram
Philip Treveil Local and regional variation in landscape character: the significance of the Tamar Valley. Professor Stephen Rippon Professor Oliver Creighton
Robert Waterhouse The Landscape Archaeology of Islands in physically and culturally remote zones Professor Stephen Rippon Dr Hajnalka Herold

Funding opportunities available to students on our research degree programmes in Archaeology:*

AwardValueApplication deadlineDescription
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship with the Global Commitment uplift 2020/21 20% reduction in the first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for all University of Exeter alumni who start a postgraduate degree with us in 2020/21
University of Exeter Class of 2020 Progression Award with the Global Commitment uplift 20% reduction in the first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for current University of Exeter students completing a full degree in 2020 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate programme with us in 2020/21
University of Exeter Global Commitment Scholarship 2020/21 £2,000 reduction in the first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for students starting a postgraduate taught Masters or research degree with us in 2020/21
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards - 2021/22 competition Full tuition fee waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Tue 13th Oct 2020 Our UK Partnership award with Fulbright is available for Masters or Doctoral students who are USA or dual USA:UK citizens wishing to study at the University. The award takes the form of a tuition fee waiver for the first year of graduate study (either Masters or PhD) and a living stipend. We also accept scholars in receipt of Fulbright 'Open Awards' (also referred to as the All Disciplines Award).
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 (for least developed countries and fragile states) Tuition fees, approved fares and stipend Deadline passed
(Wed 30th Oct 2019)
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from the least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, put forward by various nominating bodies, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
Said Foundation Scholarships Varies Deadline passed
(Fri 1st Nov 2019)
The Said Foundation offers around thirty postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria who are also permanent residents in these target countries.
2020/21 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (low and middle income countries) Visiting scholar tuition fee, approved fares, and personal maintenance Deadline passed
(Wed 6th Nov 2019)
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.
China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarships Full tuition fees and Living Allowance Deadline passed
(Mon 6th Jan 2020)
The University of Exeter alongside the China Scholarship Council is pleased to offer fully funded studentship available for September 2020 entry.
Canadian Centennial Scholarships for current Canadian Postgraduates studying in the UK £5,000.00 Deadline passed
(Sun 8th Mar 2020)
Awards for study for Canadian Students who have already commenced their multi-year studies in the UK
Colciencias (Colombia) Fully funded Deadline passed
(Fri 1st May 2020)
The University and Colciencias have agreed an MOU to promote long-term collaboration between the two organisations with the purpose of encouraging Colombian students to pursue Doctorate level studies.
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Deadline passed
(Mon 18th May 2020)
The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.
Sports Scholarship Scheme up to £3,000 plus additional support services worth £3,500 Deadline passed
(Tue 30th Jun 2020)
Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.
US Department of Education - Federal Student Loan Variable Deadline passed
(Tue 30th Jun 2020)
The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs, including these loans, to help pay for your education.
*Please note that if you have submitted an application to one of our MPhil/PhD programmes you will not automatically be considered for funding. You must submit a separate funding application, including all required supporting documents, via the link provided in each award to be considered for that award.

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