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Calf Mandibles Victoria Schorn wins SPMA award  

Victoria Schorn, who graduated from BSc Archaeology in 2007, has just been awarded the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Student Dissertation Prize. The competition was open to both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations from all UK universities.
Victoria's dissertation, entitled '4-5 St Michael's Street (SOU 1346) and York Buildings (SOU 175): An analysis and interpretation of the faunal remains', received the following comments from the Society's judges:

"Victoria's dissertation was extremely well-written, demonstrating excellent skills in the analysis and presentation of complex archaeological data and a confident and mature interpretation of the sites in their wider context. We felt that it was a stimulating piece of research that makes a valuable contribution to post-medieval archaeology, and the quality of the dissertation was particularly impressive for an undergraduate candidate"

Calf Mandibles from a late medieval stone-lined well at St Michael’s

Victoria has been awarded a cash prize, annual membership of the Society and an invitation to attend the next SPMA conference.

This success highlights the excellent quality of research being undertaken by our archaeology students, particularly in the field of zooarchaeology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Deadines for the 2008 SPMA prize will be in December, so any undergraduate or masters students who have produced excellent dissertations on a Post-Medieval topic should seriously consider being nominated.

Gnawed cattle femur from York Buildings

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