Classical & Archaeological Studies

AHRC collaborative PhD on Roman Richborough

16 March 2016

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The Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies is pleased to announce a new fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship between the University of Kent and English Heritage, with the project title 'Army Communities at Roman Richborough: An Analysis of the Roman Military Assemblage'.

The Richborough archive collection, held by English Heritage, is one of the most important and extensive assemblages of Roman material in Britain, yet since excavation in the early twentieth century it has been very little studied. The studentship provides an opportunity to research this material, focusing on the military assemblage, but including everyday objects as well as specifically military equipment.

The key research question is as follows: How does the artefact assemblage of small finds from Roman Richborough contribute to our understanding of the military site, its occupants, and the wider nature of the Roman military in the North West provinces of the empire? There is scope to develop the project according to the student's particular interests for instance by focusing on particular methodological approaches or categories of material.

The student will also participate in the redisplay project at Richborough site museum during the course of the PhD.

At the end of the three-year studentship period there will be a six-month placement with English Heritage at Dover. The student will work on an access display to complement the redisplay at the Richborough site museum and participate in other relevant public engagement activities. The placement thus provides an opportunity for the student to gain hands-on experience in relevant work-based skills for a career in heritage.

The studentship will be supervised by Dr Ellen Swift, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, and Joanne Gray, Collections Curator, at English Heritage in Dover.

For full details, including eligibility, how to apply and details of the research proposal can be found at:

Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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