Eileen Murphy


  • Room 0G.053 - 42 Fitzwilliam Street

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the field of: - Bioarchaeology (especially of Irish and Eurasian populations) - Burial practices (including atypical, minority, deviant practices) - Children's burial grounds (cillini) - Childhood in the past - Archaeology of the Irish diaspora - Community archaeology - Archaeology of Fermanagh


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Personal profile



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

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