The proposed closure of the archaeology department at the University of Sheffield announced this morning is a massive blow to Archaeology in the UK.
The archaeology department contributes immensely to archaeological research and loss of this expertise will be devastating.
Sheffield archaeology graduates have underpinned approaches to commercial archaeology in the UK for the last 30 years, and at a time when commercial archaeology is desperate for new employees the loss of a department with Sheffield’s reputation and track record is a short-sighted and retrograde step.
Archaeology is a unique subject, providing transferable skills and an excellent foundation for any career. As a discipline, it deepens our knowledge about people and human society, a focus which is all the more important in these uncertain times.
It draws upon science, the humanities, widespread participation to make an important contribution to the UKs socio-economic wellbeing, development and prosperity.
You can still support Sheffield by signing the petition to #SaveSheffieldArchaeology.