Eileen Murphy


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    United Kingdom

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ARP1013 Introduction to World Archaeology (Module Coordinator)

ARP3053 Society, Death and Disease (Module Co-ordinator)



AHS7031 Research Preparation Portfolio I

AHS7032 Research Preparation Portfolio II


Current Administrative Roles:

Head of Archaeology and Palaeoecology

Co-Director of the Centre for Community Archaeology

Assistant Leader of the Belfast Branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club

Chair of the University's Scholarships and Awards Group 


Research Interests

Current Research:

Culture and Society Research Cluster

Key words - Biocultural studies of Irish and Russian archaeological populations; deviant and minority burial practices; children’s burial grounds; Irish diaspora; community archaeology

Ballyhanna Research Project
Further information about this project can be found in volumes 1 and 4 of Seanda, the National Road Authority’s archaeology magazine.

INSTAR: The People of Prehistoric Ireland

The Cross and the Shamrock: Symbolism and Cultural Identity among the Irish Immigrants of Early Nineteenth-Century Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Ranelagh Osteoarchaeological Project

Health and Disease in Prehistoric Russia and Ukraine



Current PhD Students (Primary Supervisor):

Filippo Bertozzo - Palaeopathology of Ornithopod Dinosaurs

Jess White - Biomechanics of Physically Impaired Individuals from Medieval Ireland

Courtney Mundt - Mapping the Physical and Religious Influences behind Cillíní Distribution on the Island of Ireland


Completed PhD Students (Primary Supervisor):

Svetlana Svyatko (2009) - Palaeodietary analysis of prehistoric populations from the Minusinsk Khakass Basin, South Siberia

Lynne McKerr (2010) - The archaeology of children and childhood in Early Modern Ireland

Catriona McKenzie (2010) - Biocultural analysis of Ballyhanna Medieval human remains

Rebecca Crozier (2012) - Taphonomic study of Neolithic human remains from Orkney

Jonny Geber (2012) - Biocultural and palaeopathological analysis of Great Famine burials from the Kilkenny Workhouse

Deirdre Drain (2017) - A Comparative Osteoarchaeological Analysis of Health Status in the Urban vs. Rural Populations of Late Medieval Irelan

Roisin O'Reilly (2017) - Musculoskeletal stress markers associated with the activities of past Irish populations

Cormac McSparron (2018) - The Early Bronze Age Single Burial Tradition in Ireland

Jeanna Loyer (2019) - Bioarchaeology, Archaeothanatology and Social Dimensions of Bronze Age and Iron Age Eurasian Steppe Populations

Research Interests

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Ireland Social Sciences
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migration theory Social Sciences
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Research Output 1995 2019

Archaeothanatology as a Tool for Interpreting Death During Pregnancy: A Proposed Methodology Using Examples from Medieval Ireland

Le Roy, M. & Murphy, E., 01 Dec 2019, The Mother-Infant Nexus in Anthropology: Small Beginnings, Significant Outcomes. Halcrow, S. & Gowland, R. (eds.). Springer

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

Co-morbidity with hypertrophic osteoarthropathy: a possible Iron Age Sarmatian case from the Volga steppe of Russia

Loyer, J., Murphy, E., Ruppe, M., Moiseyev, V., Khartanovich, V., Zammit, J., Rottier, S., Potrakhov, N., Bessonov, V. & Obodovskiy, A., 01 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Paleopathology. 24, p. 66-78

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
cause of death
nineteenth century

Introduction: Migration Theory, Group Agency, and Archaeology

McSparron, C., Donnelly, C., Murphy, E. & Geber, J., 20 Jul 2019, (Accepted) In : International Journal of Historical Archaeology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

migration theory
material culture
cultural change
cultural identity
nineteenth century


QUB Students' Union Education Awards - Most Involved Teaching Staff Member

Eileen Murphy (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1994 2018

CPD Course - Scientific Analysis of Archaeological Human Skeletal Remains for Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Eileen Murphy (Advisor)
06 Feb 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesCPD delivery/organisation of courses for externals (in kind)

A Social Bioarchaeological Study of Maternal Death in Medieval Ireland

Eileen Murphy (Lecturer)
13 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Dr Christine Cave

Eileen Murphy (Host)
14 Sep 201716 Sep 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Children’s burial grounds in Ireland

Eileen Murphy (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Milwaukee Irish Fest

Eileen Murphy (Presenter)
17 Aug 201720 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition