Personal profile

Research Focus

My current research looks at Bronze Age upland settlment dynamics in Ireland, Scotland and Northern Britain.  In particular, I am focused on generating a more refined and granular occupational chronology for targeted upland areas (over 200m ODN) to understand broader trends in settlment continuity and density fluctuations. This will be used to examine whether climate changes visible in the paylynological record played a role in settlment dyamics and if  observable inter-regional settlment patterns specific to upland areas in Ireland, Scotland and Northern Britain existed.

Current reserach project:   "Dymanics of Bronze Age upland Settlement in Ireland and Northern Britain in a compartive perspective"

Funded by NERC and UKRI through QUADRAT DTP

Project is co-supervised with Dr. James O'Driscoll of University of Aberdeen, School of Geosciences, Department of Archaeology

Research Interests

Scotland and Ireland in the Bronze Age and Iron Age.  Landscape archaeolgoy. Indigineous relationships with the Romans in Scotland. Crannog development. The role of bogs in Bronze Age and Iron Age life. 


  • CC Archaeology
  • Bronze Age
  • Settlments
  • Uplands
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Northern Britain
  • Climate Change
  • Radiocarbon
  • Hillforts