The Department is pleased to accept applications for a new ARHC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) PhD studentship.
Start date: 1st October 2021
Application Deadline: 17.00 Thu 10th June 2021.
Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place in late June.
Durham University and the British Museum (BM) are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative doctoral studentship from 1st October 2021 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership S21. The project will examine patterns in ceramic manufacture and exchange as a means to investigate changing social and economic networks in the Jordan Valley during the Early Bronze Age
This project will be jointly supervised by Prof. Graham Philip and Dr Kamal Badreshany, Durham University and Dr Jamie Fraser and Dr Michela Spataro, British Museum. The student will be expected to spend time at both Durham University and The British Museum, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK. The studentship can be held either full or part-time.
The BM has one of the largest collections of Levantine ceramics in the UK. Many of these assemblages represent communities that flourished along the Jordan Valley (JV) during a critical period of proto-urban development known as the Early Bronze Age (EBA, 3600-2000 BC). These are displayed by site and have traditionally been described by form and decoration. The project seeks to explore new narratives through the scientific characterisation of these ceramics, particularly concerning the provenance of their clays, and their sequence of production (the chaîne opératoire) involving clay preparation, surface treatment and firing. Methods will include petrographic analysis, automated SEM mineralogical analysis, geochemical analysis, archaeological science and textural SEM-EDS analysis at the scientific laboratories at the British Museum and Durham University. These analyses will help identify communities of ceramic production that emerged in the JV over time, and articulate networks of exchange that developed between them.