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There are many opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduate research students to participate in the project.

Please click on the link below for details of postgraduate funded dissertation placements from 2013-2014.

dissertation placements

The following student projects have been linked to the research programme:

Ph.D: Eve Rannamäe; animal bones from Viljandi & Karksi, Estonia.
MSc: Amanda Wynne; Multi-proxy analysis of the lake core from Radzyń Chełmiński, Poland.
MSc: Jenny Austin; multi-proxy analysis of the lake core from Trikata, Latvia.
BA: Charlotte Scull; carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes of domesticates from the early and later medieval Kulmerland, Poland.
BA: Louise Wakefield; isotopes from the early and later medieval Kulmerland, Poland.
BA: Olga Zakrzewska, Emilia Długołęcka; plant macro-fossils from medieval Riga, Latvia.

Bachelors (BA/BSc)
Masters (MSc)
Masters (MA)
Doctoral (Ph.D)

There are multiple fieldwork opportunities throughout the duration of the project, where training in a range of environmental archaeology techniques will be provided. These mostly take place in the summer months, but it may also be possible to take part in some of the sampling work earlier or later in the year.

You will also be able to take advantage of the Erasmus agreement with the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Toruń, Poland, (which in the case of Reading archaeology students should be available for upcoming part IIs in the Spring term of 2012). Here you will be able to take a unique set of English-taught modules on the archaeology and environmental archaeology of Poland, including topics on the Teutonic Order.

See Fieldwork and contact Aleks Pluskowski if you have any queries.

The project offers material for MSc dissertations on various aspects of palaeoenvironmental and scientific archaeology, including pollen; plant macrofossils; mammal, bird and fish bone analysis; sediment analysis; geochemistry; isotopes relating to nutrition, mobility and climate; tephra; geophysics. See project methodologies.

The focus of these studies may be individual castle sites, their hinterlands, lakes, peat bogs and related settlement sites in Poland, Estonia and Latvia.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork and collect your own samples.

See Fieldwork and contact Aleks Pluskowski and the relevant scientific archaeology specialist on the team if you have any queries. Also see funded dissertation placements above for 2013-2014.

Whilst a major focus of the project is environmental archaeology, there is also an opportunity to focus on aspects of material culture and historical sources for MA dissertations. These may, for example, be concerned with structures and sites of the Teutonic Order itself, or the Iron Age societies that were transformed by the crusades.

For students taking the MA in Medieval Archaeology at Reading, you will be able to take advantage of our Erasmus link with the Department of Medieval Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. They offer a wide range of teaching and resources on Central and Eastern European topics.

There may also be opportunities for work/training placements at the museums associated with the project.

There are opportunities for pursuing doctoral research, following on from an MSc or MA which can provide both a significant contribution to the project and stand on its own as a piece of unique research.

If you are interested in pursuing doctoral research at the University of Reading, please get in touch with Aleks Pluskowski and check this page for funding opportunities.

If you are interested in pursuing doctoral research at the University of Toruń in Poland please contact Daniel Makowiecki, or for the University of Tartu, please contact Heiki Valk.


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