PROJECT DOCTORAL STUDENT, “EARLY URBANISM IN PREHISTORIC EUROPE ?: THE CASE OF THE TRIPILLYE MEGA-SITES”

SUMMARY OF STUDENTSHIP

•       Title: Remote sensing in the Tripillye group, Ukraine

•       A three-year Full-Time studentship, funded by the UK Research Council, the AHRC, to be held at the Durham University Department of Archaeology;

•       Joint supervision by Professor T. J. Wilkinson and Dr. John Chapman; working with Ukrainian colleagues (Dr. Mikhail Videiko, Kyiv) and the Project’s Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Dr. Bisserka Gaydarska;

•       Starting Date of Studentship: negotiable but latest 1st October 2012;

•       Stipend: £ 13,590 per annum (approx. € 15,600) plus full Home / EU fees;

•       Eligibility: Home or EU students with a good first degree and an excellent Masters degree;

•       Method of Application: for an extended Project summary, please contact Mrs. Helen Wood (Helen.wood@dur.ac.uk); for further discussion of project, please contact Dr. John Chapman (j.c.chapman@dur.ac.uk)

•       Closing Date for applications: 20th February 2012;

•       Interviews: March 2012.

AIM OF THE DOCTORAL RESEARCH

The proposed PhD thesis will assess the potential for the recovery of plan information for Tripillye mega-sites and other, smaller Tripillye sites from satellite imagery, as well as supplying regional settlement context, land use potential and possible palaeo-environmental change in the study region (25 x 25 km) around the Nebelivka mega-site.

KEY SKILLS

1.      A good first degree (1st or II.1) and preferably a Distinction at Masters level.

2.      Experience and training in the manipulation, processing, analysis and interpretation of satellite imagery (ideally to include CORONA, LANDSAT and more recent high resolution imagery (e.g. Quickbird, GeoEye etc.) as well as archaeological data bases and GIS.

3.      A good understanding of archaeological settlement patterns and palaeo-environmental reconstructions.

DESIRABLE SKILLS

4.      A knowledge of the prehistory of Eastern Europe.

5.      Experience of archaeological fieldwork

6.      Knowledge of a Slavic language (especially Russian)

Dr. John Chapman, Project PI, Department of Archaeology (j.c.chapman@dur.ac.uk)

 

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