John Hurst Memorial Dissertation Prize

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.

Application details

The Medieval Settlement Research Group is dedicated to enhancing our understanding of the rural landscape and its settlement in the period c.AD 400-1600. An annual prize of £200 is offered for the best Masters dissertation on any theme in the field of medieval settlement and landscape exploitation in Britain and Ireland. MA Directors in Archaeology, English Local History, Landscape Studies or related fields are encouraged to submit high quality completed dissertations by students in the academic year 2015-16 to the secretary of the MSRG by 31st December 2016. A summary of the winning entry may also be published in Medieval Settlement Research.

Please send entries to:

Dr Susan Kilby
Centre for English Local History
University of Leicester
Marc Fitch House, 5 Salisbury Road
Leicester, LE1 7QR.

A panel comprising members of the MSRG Committee will judge the entries and an award will be announced in mid-April of the following year.

Past Award Holders

2014

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

2012

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

2010

Susan Kilby
MA in English Local History
University of Leicester
Exploring peasant perceptions of the landscape using the case study of Elton village and manor

2009

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2004
Triona Nicholl
MA in Archaeology
UCD Dublin
The Use of Domestic Space in Irish Early Medieval Roundhouses: An Experimental Archaeological Approach