In support of its aims the Society makes the following grants and awards

Grant to support the study of Portable Antiquities Scheme finds from Cheshire

The Society wishes to encourage the study and publication of objects (or groups/types of object) reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme from Cheshire and adjoining areas, to ensure that their potential contribution to the understanding of the archaeology and history of the county is realised. It is therefore offering a grant of £700 every two years to help suitable persons to undertake such research. It is a condition of the grant that the results of the research shall be offered for first publication as an article in the Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society.

We are now accepting submissions of proposals for our next PAS Grant. Please submit your proposals by no later than 30 June 2021. The successful candidate will be notified by 31 July 2021, with the project work commencing on October 1 2021. For more information and an application form, Click here for MS Word format, or Click here for PDF format. We look forward to hearing from you!

Our first grant, in 2016, went to Carl Savage and Matthew Ball for a study of unpublished Roman, medieval and post-medieval coin hoards in Cheshire. Their work is published in Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society vol 87 for 2017. Our second grant, in 2018, was to Pauline Clarke for a review of early medieval finds from the county, and the results of her work have now been published in Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society vol 90 for 2020

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

The Chester Archaeological Society offers an annual prize of £100 to the best final year dissertation in the Department of History and Archaeology at Chester University, preferably on a local subject.

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For more information, please contact Dr Caroline Pudney

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Chester Archaeology Society Dissertation prize for 2020 is Kelly Griffiths
Kelly’s winning dissertation at the University of Chester entitled: Horse sense: An investigation into Human-Horse relationships in the Iron Age

British Iron Age studies have concentrated on the special status of the horse in Iron Age society, not only its importance for chariot driving, riding and warfare but also its significance as an animal with huge symbolic importance. This can be seen in deposition of horse remains but also the special ritual deposition of items associated with the horse such as bridle bits, horse gear and chariots.
A move in archaeology towards a social approach has the archaeologist consider the non-unidirectional relationship between humans and animals, whereby the animal is not merely seen as an object, but also as a subject with its own agency. This research has integrated this approach with animal behaviour and psychology to investigate how the qualities of the horse depicted on coins demonstrates how the physiology and behaviour of the horse was understood, and how this horse was intrinsic, not only to the treatment of the animal in breaking and training, but also to how the horse viewed Iron Age society

This is a well deserved award. It is original, well conceived and presented. Kelly was thorough in her methodology and analysis, and brought genuine new insights into a topic in prehistory which is under-researched.
We wish Kelly much future success!

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Chester Archaeology Society Dissertation prize for 2019 is Rowena Young
Rowena’s winning dissertation at the University of Chester entitled: Practices of Wetland Deposition in the Vale of Pickering with Reference to New Material from No Name Hill

This dissertation aims to question how representative the famous site of Star Carr in the Vale of Pickering, Yorkshire, is of the Mesolithic in its immediate landscape. To do this it analyses, and presents macrofossil plant remains from nearby site ‘No Name Hill’ also in the Vale of Pickering, to establish the local environment and the context into which this assemblage was deposited. In doing so it draws conclusions about practices of deposition, comparing the findings to other known Mesolithic sites. The findings demonstrate that Star Carr is still unique within its landscape, however, the forms of deposition occurring are a wider trend throughout the Mesolithic.

We extend our well deserved congratulations on what is considered to be an outstanding piece of work, which has particularly impressed the review panel in demonstrating innovative knowledge and novel perspective, and an exceptionally high demonstration of relevant background knowledge—all of which Rowena communicated and argued to an extremely high standard.
We wish Rowena well with her career!

St John’s House Fund

The Society invites applications for grants from its St John’s House Fund to support archaeological work in and around Chester. Applications may be made at any time of year but grants will not normally exceed £500 per annum in total. Grants may be used for: archaeological fieldwork and other research; the acquisition, preservation, restoration and reconstruction of archaeological sites, monuments and objects; archaeological publication; other allied activities.
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