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Research Associate
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-07932

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/05/2016

Salary: £30,738 to £37,768 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: Classics & Ancient History, Archaeology & Religions

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2019

School / Directorate: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

This three year, full-time position is to work with Duncan Garrow (Reading), Melanie Giles (Manchester) and Neil Wilkin (British Museum) on their new AHRC-funded project ‘Grave goods: objects and death in later prehistoric Britain’.

Britain is internationally renowned for the high quality and exquisite crafting of its later prehistoric grave goods (c. 4000 BC to AD 43). The ‘Grave Goods’ project seeks to transform current understandings of mortuary practice and material culture in later prehistoric Britain. Its primary aim is to undertake the first long-term, large-scale investigation into grave goods during that period, constructing a database of all grave goods in six geographically and archaeologically varied case study regions around Britain. The project will conduct its analysis at a series of different scales, ranging from macro-scale patterning across Britain, to regional explorations of continuity and change, to site-specific histories of practice, to micro-scale analysis of specific graves and the individual objects (and people) within them. The culmination of our research will be an authoritative and detailed book about objects and death in later prehistoric Britain.

In addition to this research, the post will offer you an opportunity to co-organise two major conferences, to work closely with British Museum staff in re-designing key elements of the later prehistory gallery displays and to help construct a variety of schools-focused outreach materials incorporating reconstruction drawings and poetry.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates are currently under-represented at this level in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME applicants. All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that the Manchester-based researcher (who will focus on the Later Bronze Age/Iron Age element of the study) will be working closely with a Reading-based researcher (who will focus on the Neolithic/Earlier Bronze Age). These two posts are being advertised simultaneously; if you would like to be considered for both positions, please respond to both adverts.

You will have:

  • A PhD in the Bronze Age/Iron Age archaeology of north-west Europe (or equivalent experience)
  • Detailed knowledge of later prehistoric burial practices and material culture in Britain/Ireland
  • Database and GIS skills
  • Experience of gathering and working with Historic Environment Record data

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Melanie Giles, Senior Lecturer


Tel: 0161 275 7698

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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