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ESR09 Fellowship: “The analysis of Neolithic to Bronze Age pottery from excavations in the Mesara Plain of Crete”

Fellowship Description
A project which examines the rich ceramic record of Phaistos in Southern Crete, working in close collaboration with the Italian excavators. The aim is to undertake a full technological reconstruction of pottery production from the Final Neolithic until the First Palace period and to assess fully recently discovered evidence of pottery production from Phaistos and the Mesara Plain. It is hoped that this work will shed light on changes in craft practice and social organisation in South Central Crete during this time. The project will provide further training for the fellow to use techniques of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry and thin section petrography. The research project, which will be supervised by Dr Peter Day, will form part of the department‟s commitment to the „NARNIA‟ Marie Curie Initial Training Network, financed under the „People‟ program of the European Union. The post offers the possibility of gaining a doctoral degree with a leading research team.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Conduct research over a three year period under the supervision of the scientist-in-charge / line manager.
  • Plan, organise and carry out such fieldwork as necessary for the research project.
  • Undertake such training in analytical and other techniques, as specified by the scientist-in-charge.
  • Develop analytical protocols as required.
  • Compile and write reports and jointly-authored publications such as those specified in the Initial Training Network contract.
  • Attend project meetings and present progress reports.
  • Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the posts

Academic Requirements

The successful applicants will have an MA or MSc in Archaeology or a relevant subject, preferably at distinction level (or equivalent experience). Previous experience in the practice and research design of ceramic analysis is essential, and experience in the analytical study of ceramics within the Aegean is desirable. The post-holders will have the ability readily to combine archaeological and scientific information within an integrated program of research. The posts will involve the application of thin section petrography, chemical and micro-structural analysis to archaeological ceramics.

It is required that the degree has been acquired not more than 4 years earlier to the envisaged starting date.

Marie Curie ITN programs mobility requirement

This post is offered in the context of a Marie Curie Initial Training Network and transnational mobility is a key element of eligibility. As such, applications will only be accepted from candidates who have spent less than 12 months in the United Kingdom within the last three years. The posts are open to all nationalities, regardless of citizenship of the European Union.

Duration of fellowship

3 years – This post is fixed-term with a start date of 1st September 2011 and an end date of 31st August 2014.

Submitting an application

Deadline for fellowship application: 21 June 2011.

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Financial regime

The fellowship covers tuition fees and monthly salary in line with the FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN ( The annual salary amounts to £30,151 per annum, with additional allowances as per Marie Curie.

Contact person

Dr Peter Day (P.M.Day at, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield