The study of medieval and Post-Medieval archaeology has long been one of the most vibrant research and teaching foci at Nottingham, reflected in research projects by members of staff that span northwest Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Atlantic Ocean, for the period between AD 400 and 1800.
Staff in the Department are all engaged in large-scale primary research projects, focused on survey and excavations of rural settlements and towns, social analysis of buildings, maritime archaeology, bio-archaeological remains and archaeological materials and technology. This range of primary research promotes thematic studies by staff and students. As a consequence of the opportunities provided, the group of Doctoral researchers on medieval themes is the largest in the Department.
The MA in Medieval Archaeology taught in the Department provides an excellent preparation for PhD research, as well as a strong foundation for those wishing to pursue careers in archaeological units/commercial archaeology companies and museums.
Both staff and students in Medieval and Post-Medieval archaeology are also part of a dynamic wider community of researchers on the Medieval and Early Modern eras at Nottingham. Inter-disciplinary events and conferences are promoted and supported by the Institute for Medieval Research. Staff and students from the Schools/Departments of Archaeology, English studies, History, and other Humanities disciplines all play leading roles in this organisation. The Institute also runs the inter-disciplinary MA in Medieval Studies, and archaeology modules form both compulsory and optional elements of this degree.
In addition, research and teaching on specific themes is also promoted by inter-disciplinary research centres at Nottingham. These include the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, the Urban Culture Network, and the Institute for the Study of Slavery. These centre-based research groups have recently been joined by the new Centre for Silk Road Studies.
The University Museum at Nottingham also holds key regional collections for the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Post-Medieval periods, and the collections are being used increasingly for research and teaching in medieval archaeology and medieval studies, providing a key ‘hands-on’ research and teaching resource.
Large-scale survey and excavation projects across Europe and the Mediterranean:
Major thematic research projects:
Projects on the social analysis of medieval and post-medieval buildings (the built environment):
Maritime Archaeology projects (Medieval and post-medieval):
Research projects on materials and technology: