Petition to save 'world leading' Sheffield archaeology department tops 27,000 signatures

A petition set up by students and academics to save Sheffield University’s ‘world leading’ archaeology department has gathered more than 27,000 signatures since Thursday (May 20).

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 2:43 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 2:45 pm

At the time of writing the petition stood at 27,770 signatures, with cntributions from all over the world and among the archaeology community.

It was launched following a review carried out at the university, which set out three options for the future of the department.

The petition organisers say two of those options – the two highlighted as the most likely by some of the professors employed there – would effectively mean the closure of the department once current students have graduated and redundancies for staff.

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Archaeology staff and students outside Sheffield University's Ella Armitage building. Picture Scott Merrylees

They are calling on the University to back the other option – which is to continue funding the department, which attracts students and academics from all over the world and has carried out vital research, including ongoing projects at Stonehenge.

A University of Sheffield spokesperson said: “The University of Sheffield has undertaken a review of its Department of Archaeology. Staff and student representatives participated in the review, and no decisions have been taken.”