Masters of Archaeology

History may be accurate, but archaeology is precise

Masters of Archaeology
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Completion Date: Mon 21 Sep 2015

A Background to the Mastersofarchaeology.   

Ø We are three Archaeology students from the University of Manchester.

Ø Our names are Liam, Paul and Sophia.

Ø We are all graduating this summer and hope to get First Class Honours degrees.

Ø We would love to return in September to do Masters Degrees here at the University of Manchester.

Ø We can’t afford the tuition fees of £6500 each.

Ø We all plan to study part time over two years so that we can support ourselves with jobs.

Ø However, no part-time job will earn enough to live off and also cover those fees (lap dancing excepted!).


Who are the Masters?

Ø Liam: I specialise in industrial archaeology, specifically the archaeology of working class community life. My undergraduate dissertation researched the living standards of the working classes in Saltaire factory village, which was under the authority of the mill owner, and Ancoats, Manchester, a local community which grew up haphazardly around the mills. These differences in regulation of the buildings were reflected in people’s social lives, hygiene standards and freedom of movement.


Ø Paul: I specialise in Iron Age archaeology, specifically the archaeology of Iron Age swords and weaponry. My fascination with weaponry is of long date, since for the past fifteen years I have belonged to the North To-Ken society, a group of amateur sword enthusiasts. Arriving at University late in life after a long career as a plasterer, I have brought this expertise in weaponry and metalwork to bear on my archaeology studies.

Ø For my undergraduate dissertation I collaborated with a modern-day swordsmith to recreate an exact replica of the famous Kirkburn Sword, using all original materials and techniques, and used the creative process to study Iron Age metalworking techniques, social organisation and cosmology.


Ø Sophia: I am interested in Iron Age and Early Medieval Britain, especially at times of social change. My undergraduate dissertation focused on the Iron Age Sword Burials of Yorkshire, known as the Arras culture. I used statistical analysis to study the details of each burial rite in which a sword was deposited amongst the grave goods, and how the sword was used as a complex symbol in the negotiation of social relations and the construction of male identity.


Where will the money go?

Ø The minimum amount of £9,750 would help fund the first year of our part time M.A Archaeology degree

Ø The maximum amount of £19,500 would help fund both years of our part time M.A Archaeology degree

Ø Any additional funds raised as part of this project will be put towards books, research expenses and living costs.

Ø There will weekly updates via social media informing funders of our progress and degree results. 


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2 years ago

We are all excited for our graduation ceremony on Wednesday 8th July, after all the hard work, hours in the library and all night study sessions we have made it. The first step in our academic career's.

2 years ago

Hi this is an update from Paul, as with Liam and Sophia I also received my results. I achieved a 2:1 overall for my degree. My dissertation was marked at 74%.

2 years ago

Hi everyone :) This is an update from Sophia- as Liam mentioned, we have our grades back, and I am graduating with a First Class Degree! I really never thought this would happen, so am so excited! I received 73% doe my first year overall, and 77% on my dissertation. It seems like all the hard work over three years, and all the sleep lost over that dissertation, really were worth it after all.

2 years ago

Hi to everyone this is an update from Liam, we all received our results on the 24/06/15. I received a 2:1 BA (Hons) Archaeology, in addition I received a mark of 83% in my dissertation. This has subsequently lead to my dissertation being nominated for two academic awards being ran by the Association of Industrial Archaeologist and The Society for Post Mediaeval Archaeology respectively. Thank you for donating and reading about our project.

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