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Comparative colonialism, ethics, archaeological theory, global historical archaeology, early modern Atlantic World, Ireland, Chesapeake

Research Statement


My research centres on comparative colonialism and the relationship between archaeology and contemporary identity, with a particular focus upon European expansion into the early modern Atlantic world(s). Major archaeological fieldwork projects include directing excavations at Jamestown, Virginia (first permanent English New World settlement, 1607); on Plantation-period sites in Northern Ireland (Movanagher, Roe Valley/Limavady, Goodland); at the Slievemore Deserted Village, Achill Island, Co Mayo; and running a multi-year Survey of Rural Mountain Settlement in the Virginia Blue Ridge. Recent projects include two collaborative AHRC-funded projects exploring the links between Ulster and Scotland in the late medieval and post-medieval periods. These two projects, carried out through the Integrating Archaeology and Sustainable Communities network (www.iaasc.com) are also bringing together contemporary communities. I am also collaborating on a National Endowment for the Humanities project entitled Colonial Encounters in the Chesapeake which is examining the early colonial engagements between Natives, Europeans, and Africans from an archaeological perspective. Recent publications have addressed future directions for historical and contemporary archaeology; integration of archaeology with conflict transformation; ethics and public engagement; incorporation of Native American perspectives on colonial histories; the anthropology of drinking in colonial settings; late medieval Gaelic Irish rural settlement; vernacular architecture in Ireland and Virginia; and the 20th-century archaeology of Appalachia



Educational Qualifications

PhD Historical Archaeology 1995, University of Pennsylvania

MA American Civilization 1991, University of Pennsylvania

BA with High Honors, History and Anthropology 1989, College of William and Mary

Previous Academic Posts

Reader in Historical Archaeology, University of Leicester 2009-2011

Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology, University of Leicester 2007-2009

Lecturer in Historical Archaeology, University of Leicester 2005-2007

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of William and Mary 2002-2005

Leverhulme Visiting Fellow, School of Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast 2000-2001

Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast 1998-1999

Assistant Professor of Anthropology (adjunct) Shenandoah University 1997-2000

Archaeologist, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1991-1998

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Research Output

40 Citations (Scopus)

Exerting influence? Responsibility and the Public Role of Archaeology in Divided Societies

Horning, A., Jun 2013, In : Archaeological Dialogues. 20, 1, p. 19-29 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

Insinuations: Framing a New Understanding of Colonialism

Horning, A., Feb 2013, Scandinavian Colonialism and the Rise of Modernity: Small Time Agents in a Global Arena. Naum, M. & Nordin, J. (eds.). New York: Springer, p. 297-305 9 p. (Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Crossing Paths or Sharing Tracks: Future Directions in the Archaeological Study of post-1550 Britain and Ireland

Horning, A. (ed.) & Palmer, M. (ed.), Mar 2009, Boydell Press. 438 p. (Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Subduing Tendencies? Colonialism, Capitalism and Comparative Atlantic Archaeologies

Horning, A., Aug 2011, The Archaeology of Capitalism in Colonial Contexts: Postcolonial Historical Archaeologies . Croucher, S. K. & Weiss, L. (eds.). Springer, p. 65-84 20 p. (Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


2015 Rhind Lecture Keynote Speaker

Horning, Audrey (Recipient), Apr 2015

Prize: National/international honour

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2015

Horning, Audrey (Recipient), 2015

Prize: National/international honour

  • James Mooney Book Award 2015

    Horning, Audrey (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Martha Joukowsky Lectureship, Archaeological Institute of America

    Horning, Audrey (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: National/international honour


    • 20 Invited talk
    • 7 Public lecture/debate/seminar
    • 5 Participation in conference
    • 2 Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Archaeological Dialogues (Journal)

    Audrey Horning (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    World Archaeological Congress

    Audrey Horning (Invited speaker)

    29 Aug 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference

    Audrey Horning (Invited speaker)

    Mar 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Society for American Archaeology

    Audrey Horning (Invited speaker)

    Apr 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Archaeological Exploration of Early Modern Identity in Ireland and America

    Audrey Horning (Speaker)

    03 Dec 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk