The Archaeology & Ale Pub(lic) Archaeology talks programme is here!

Hello! With the academic year well underway we now have an (updated) new wave of Archaeology in the City talks and events have been unleashed on an unsuspecting Sheffield….

We’ve had a great response from volunteer speakers so have a full programme until April 2017. Here’s our UPDATED programme:



#HeritageFest16 5 days ’til #free #festival in #Sheffield 30May- What did we do last year?

5 days to go until the 2016 Woodland Heritage Festival – a free family archaeology and heritage festival organised by Archaeology in the City, from the University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology, and held at the JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods.

Here’s a flashback to the free talks that were on offer last year.

Today, it’s Human Osteology with Emma – you can visit the Festival this Monday 30th and get hands-on with replica human skeletons but for now, learn about it in advance with last year’s podcast, hosted on the Archaeology Podcast Network.


The Archaeology and Ale Podcast

This year we will have two English history talks, but also all of the fun hands-on archaeology activities that we had last year – osteology, ceramics, zooarchaeology, iron smelting, copper-working, plus some extra family-friendly bone (soap) carving and cave (paper) painting stations and a landscape archaeology scavenger hunt.

A new #podcast! #Sheffield castle #archaeology!

Sorry for all the hashtaggery folks; trying to do the social media optimisation thing. ANYWAY welcome to our first podcast of 2016!

In December Glyn Davies kindly shared his experiences digging Sheffield Castle. It was standing room only at the Deer and here’s hoping 2016 continues with more of the same.

Click here to listen to the podcast on the Archaeology Podcast Network!


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Archaeology and Ale Proudly Presents Glyn Davies

glyn talk

The former Sheffield Castle was located in the center of Sheffield at the confluence of the Rivers Don and Sheaf. The castle was a significant building and centre of power in Sheffield before its demolition during the English Civil War. Despite its size and importance in Sheffield, and in its role as a prison for Mary Queen of Scots for many years, no contemporary plans or illustrations exist of the castle.  This talk will summarise our knowledge of the layout and form of the castle based on excavations that have been undertaken over the last century. It will summarise and contrast the methods and results of the work undertaken in the late 1920s by Armstrong, in the 1950s by Butcher and the 1990s and 2000s by ARCUS. The talk will outline what we know of the layout of the castle based on the excavation results, and documentary sources, and discuss the research potential of the site in light of current proposals to redevelop the area.