LEVEL 3 UNDERGRADUATE DISSERTATIONS

Dissertations are compulsory at Level 3, and count as two modules. Students in joint honours programmes can undertake a dissertation in their second discipline where appropriate.

Undertaking an independent piece of research can be one of the most rewarding academic challenges of an undergraduate degree. It allows students to apply the skills that they have learnt through their studies, and often brings the opportunity to work closely with faculty in front-line research. The possibility of co-authorship on an academic publication can follow from this if the work is of a high enough standard.

The process of selecting a dissertation topic begins at Level 2 and is incorporated into the ARP2043 module programme. Full details about the Archaeology & Palaeoecology dissertation module that accompanies this work during Level 3 (ARP3056) can be found here.  Below are some examples of recent and current dissertation titles:

Recent and Current Titles:


Prehistoric Archaeology of Ireland, Britain and the Near Continent

  • The Ordnance Survey Memoirs as a source for the study of Bronze Age and Iron Age metalwork deposition practice in Ireland
  • An experimental study of the impact on lead alloying on the physical properties of Late Bronze Age socketed knives
  • A GIS approach to archaeological landscapes: a viewshed analysis of Bronze Age hillforts in Northern Irelands
  • A GIS approach to the study of Neolithic stone axes in Northern Ireland
  • A study of Solutrean engraved bone artefacts
  • A study of Neolithic carved stone balls

Historical Archaeology of Ireland, Britain and the Near Continent

  • Identifying ritual specialists in the burial record in Scandinavia from the 1st millennium AD
  • On the outskirts of an Empire: Hiberno-Roman relations during the Irish Iron Age
  • The evolution of perpetuation of religious symbolism, as demonstrated by holy wells in Christian Ulster
  • A re-evaluation of the origin of the Viking Age Dublin buildings
  • Irish Anglican church layout in County Down in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Ear disease in medieval Ireland: an examination of ear ossicles from medieval Ranelagh
  • Seventeenth-century ceramists at Killyneese: an examination of dermatoglyphics on ceramic sherds
  • Gender differences in Victorian grave memorials in Belfast
  • The landscape of Viking burials in Ireland
  • Recent Monastic site excavations in Ireland
  • Early Tudor warfare in Ireland: architectural and historical perspectives
  • Early Medieval Grain Drying Kings
  • The late medieval parish churches of counties Antrim and Londonderry

Mediterranean Archaeology

  • The image of heros and the practice of heroization in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean
  • Greek burial traditions in Sicily, with a specific reference to museum displays on this theme
  • A geoarchaeological characterisation and 3D morphometric study of prehistoric mining tools from the Lower Segura Valley, South East Spain
  • Bronze Age settlements in Crete

World Archaeology

  • Rediscovering Early-Middle Stone Age Collections from the Kegera River
  • What were Giant Bifaces used for? An Experimental Approach
  • Assessing the use of digitisation of Assyrian artefacts as a means of preserving the past in conflict zones and encouraging wide research and interpretation
  • New evidence in the role of bone technology across the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in Southeast Asia
  • A conservations plan for the Terracotta Warriors and associated materials found at Emperor Qin Shihuangdo’s burials complex, Xi’an, China
  • Changing biodiversity of fauna in a tropical preserved environment (in Northern Vietnam)
  • The residue analysis of Da But pottery fragments excavated from Hang Hanh and Hang Moi caves, in Vietnam
  • Nephrite, networks and the Southeast Asian Neolithic: a case-study of jade use within the Da But culture of northern Vietnam
  • The role of freshwater crab in the early Neolithic of Vietnam: a zooarchaeological study

Palaeoecology

  • A peat record of past environmental and ecological changes in north Iceland
  • Testing the replicability of palaeoenvironmental indicators in bogs using tephra horizons
  • A study of human activity and landscape use of the Garron Plateau in the Antrim Uplands
  • Assessing the dating density of published Palaeo-record
  • Cryptotephra in sedimentary sequences
  • How does the rate of climate change at the start of the Holocene compare to the rate predicted for the 21st century