John Hurst Memorial Prize for Students

This is the legacy of John Hurst (1927-2003), who did so much to promote the field of medieval archaeology and, in particular, the study of medieval settlement.

This year’s John Hurst Memorial Prize will comprise a competition for up to four students (postgraduate or advanced level) to present a fifteen-minute paper on any theme related to medieval landscape and settlement in the British Isles or Europe during a new morning session at the MSRG Winter Seminar, to take place on Saturday 8th December 2018.  Students enrolled in landscape archaeology, history, geography and other cognate subject areas, whose research encompasses the study of medieval landscapes and settlements are warmly encouraged to apply. The best paper will win £200, with the winner invited to submit a short article based on their paper for potential inclusion in Medieval Settlement Research journal.

Applicants should complete the application form, to include a referenced abstract of up to 500 words and submit by email to Dr Susan Kilby, Hon. Secretary at  by 1st October 2018. Please use MSRG John Hurst Memorial Prize in the title of your email submission. Please contact Susan with any questions.


Past Award Holders


Norma Oldfield
MA in Archaeology
University of York
Symbols of initiative and power? Assessing the Relationship between Authority and Parish Church Foundation through a Spatial Analysis of Rural Settlements in the Anglo-Norman Danelaw


Lindsey Stirling
University of Aberdeen
MSc in the Archaeology of the North
The land beneath the sand: contextualising the early medieval shell middens at Sands of Forvie


Anna Fotaki
MSc in Bioarchaeology
University of York
Brief Lives: The Non-adults from Two Neighbouring Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries in Norton, Cleveland


Susan Kilby
MA in English Local History
University of Leicester
A Different World? Reconstructing the Peasant Environment in Medieval Elton


Niamh Arthur
MA in Archaeology, UCD Dublin
The Enigma of Viking Longphorts: A landscape Archaeological Perspective

Patrick A Gleeson
MA in Medieval Archaeology
University of York
Constructing Kingship in Early Medieval Ireland: Power, Place and Ideologies of Kingship

2008 – Not awarded


Michael Busby
MA in English Local History
University of Leicester
Leicestershire Settlements through the Late Fourteenth Century Poll Tax Records – Urban or Rural?


Tudur Davies
MA in Landscape Archaeology
University of Sheffield
Llanfor and the Dee valley: early medieval landscape study


Jonathan Kinsella
MA in Landscape Archaeology
UCD Dublin
Locating the Poor and Unfree of Early Medieval Ireland

Triona Nicholl
MA in Archaeology
UCD Dublin
The Use of Domestic Space in Irish Early Medieval Roundhouses: An Experimental Archaeological Approach