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 2016-7 to the Secretary of the MSRG by 29 December 2017. 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
5 Salisbury Road
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


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