Research student, School of History, Archaeology and Religion
Originally from small-town Maine, USA, Sheridan holds a BA in Anthropology from Drexel University in Philadelphia. As an undergrad, they spent 5 months working in the archives of the Historical Museum of Crete and studied abroad at Aberdeen, sparking their interest in British prehistory.
Sheridan completed their MA in Celtic Archaeology with distinction at Bangor University as the 2019 recipient of the Fulbright - Bangor University Award. Their MA dissertation (Prehistoric Pasts and the Iron Age Hillforts of Northwestern Wales: The Choice of Location and the Incorporation of Ancient Monuments) focused on the relationships between the hillforts of NW Wales and earlier monuments.
Sheridan’s specific interests relate to duration in the archaeological record and prehistoric concepts of - and interactions with - the ‘past’ during the Iron Age.
- British prehistory
- Monumentality and material culture
- Social Memory and identity
The Active Role of the Past in Constructing Group Identity
Sheridan’s thesis focuses on the relationships between Iron Age archaeological remains and those of earlier prehistoric periods. By moving beyond the monument/object biography approach, and through looking at a number of case studies across Britain and multiple types of evidence (monumental, material culture, etc), they hope to create a multi-stranded analysis investigating what these relationships may reveal about concepts of the past and group identity during the Iron Age.