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A palaeoecological investigation into human-environmental interactions of hut circle communities at Gairloch, Wester Ross.

An MRes Archaeology

The area of Gairloch, Wester Ross in the north-west Highlands of Scotland has been the subject of recent archaeological survey by the WeDigs community archaeology group. The survey identified a number of prehistoric hut circles (roundhouses) in the area, which radiocarbon dates have shown were occupied during the Bronze and Iron Ages. However, little is currently known on how the people who lived in these structures interacted with their local environment, for example what agricultural methods did they employ (pastoral and/or arable), what woodland resources were available (for construction and fuel), what environmental impact did they have through processes such as metalworking? In order to answer these questions this project will seek to investigate the human-environmental interaction of the hut circle communities through the application of pollen, non-pollen palynomorph (e.g. fungal spores) and microscopic charcoal analyses, together with geochemical analysis.

Remains of hut circle community

Training will be provided to the student in all of these techniques, which will take place at the universities of the Highlands & Islands and Aberdeen.  As part of the project, the student would be expected to liaise with the WeDigs community archaeology group to inform of research progress and results.

Some previous experience in pollen analysis is desirable but not essential. Applicants should be able to display knowledge of Scottish archaeology and Holocene environmental change, and will be expected to work both independently and with a supervisory team. Applicants should be enthusiastic with the aim of contributing to the expanding research environment within the Archaeology Institute UHI.

Project supervisors

The student will be supervised by:

Dr Scott Timpany – University of the Highlands and Islands

Dr Tim Mighall – University of Aberdeen

Deadline for applications

Friday 30th August 2019, mid-day BST;  Candidates may be interviewed by Skype, VC or telephone.

Mode of Study

Available as Full-time (12 month) or Part-time (24 months) study

Location of study

This project will be based from Archaeology Institute UHI, Orkney.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria

The studentship covers fees only at the Home/EU rate. Funding is available for students worldwide, however non UK/EU students will be liable for the difference between Home/EU and International fees.

The project must be started in January 2020.

Applicants must possess a minimum of a First or upper second class Honours degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Award Deadlines

Award Deadlines

Deadline for application: Mid-day Friday 30th August 2019 BST.

The project must be started in January 2020.

Candidates who are unable to travel to the location where the project will be based (as indicated on the advertisement) may have the opportunity to be interviewed by Skype, VC or telephone.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Please complete each section of the application form and return with all the below supporting documentation, as one single pdf file, by mid-day 30 August 2019 to scott.timpany@uhi.ac.uk

  1. Copies of all official qualification certificates and transcripts. If your official certificates/transcripts are not in English, they must be accompanied by a full certified translation provided by a professional translator/translation company;
  2. If English is not your native language, an English language test certificate (IELTS or equivalent), gained within the past two years;
  3. If you are not a UK national, a copy of the photo page of your passport. Also include any pages which indicate a right of abode in the UK;
  4. 2 academic references - If references are not available at the time of submission they can be excluded from the single pdf file, however applicants are responsible for ensuring their referees submit the references by the deadline;
  5. A current CV.

The documents you need to apply for this studentship:

MRes Reference form

MRes Studentship Application 2019-20

About the Funders

About the Funders

This project is part funded by the Archaeology Institute UHI

 

Why study at UHI?

Why study at UHI?

Spread across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach and significance.

Our innovative approach to learning and distinctive research are enriched and inspired by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands.

Over 69% of the research we submitted for assessment to the UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework achieved the two top grades: world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*), and situated the university as one of the UK’s leading modern universities, and with an excellent environment for PhD level study.

Our students are exposed to cutting-edge thinking and work alongside world-class researchers. You will be part of a growing postgraduate research student community, guided by subject experts, building knowledge and skills, in a supportive and collaborative research environment. In the most recent Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) we scored 89% student satisfaction rating relating to their experience on their research degree programme – this score is 7% above the Scottish and UK sector average and represents one of the best scores in the UK.

Contact Details

Contact Details

Completed applications, academic and administrative queries - scott.timpany@uhi.ac.uk