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    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

1995 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile



ARP1013 Introduction to World Archaeology (Module Coordinator)

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

ARP3056 Dissertation

BIO2207 Forensics and Toxicology



AHS7031 Research Preparation Portfolio I

AHS7032 Research Preparation Portfolio II

GGY7005 Living with Climate Change


Current Administrative Roles:

Deputy Head of School of Natural and Built Environment

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 

Member of the University's Conference Strategy Working Group


Research Interests

Current Research:

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

  • Ranelagh Osteoarchaeological Project
  • Health and Disease in Prehistoric Russia and Ukraine
  • Community Archaeology Project Northern Ireland (CAPNI)


Current PhD Students (Primary Supervisor):

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

Stine Carlsson - Medical Geology: The Impact of the Natural Environment on Health in Past Populations from Ireland and Scotland

Lisa White - Determining Death: Investigating the Selection Processes for Mortuary Rites in Neolithic Ireland

Ryan Montgomery - Human-Animal-Environmental Interactions at Late Medieval Religious Foundations in Ulster


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

Filippo Bertozzo (2021) - Disease in the Cretaceous - A Comparative Study of Iguanodon and Hadrosaur Palaeopathology

Judith Findlater (2023) - Feeding Medieval Carrickfergus - A Multiproxy Study of Livestock Husbandry in a Frontier Town



Additional Information:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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