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Research Statement

Cultural Landscapes of Late Medieval Gaelic Ulster

With the dawn of the seventeenth-century, the Plantation of Ulster led to he estblishment of a new poto-capitalist economy with commerical enterprise and changes in landholding practices, reflected in new towns, markets and communictaion networks.  What though can then be discerned about the socio and economic aspects of the previous Gaelic society?  Through the sudy of cartographic souces, can Gaelic settlement in the late sixteenth-century be identified in the landscape?

To answer these vital questions, my current research project will utilise a vaietu of seveneenth-century sources, in addition to the use of GIS comprising cartographic data, place-name evidence, GPS field-walking results, and topographical surveys.  The subsequent results on the Late medieval landscape hierarchy will enable parallels to be drawn with landholding in conemporary Monaghan (McDermott, 2010), identifing commonalities and differences within Gaelic social structure.  Additionally, the work will povide information on pre-plantation Ulster that can be compared with North America (Horning, 2014), investigating the effects of British colonial enterprises on the society and cultures of both the Gaelic Irish and Native Americans. 


MSc Professional Archaeology (1st), 2014

PGCE Digital Documentation of Heritage (Distinction), 2015

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Proramme (AHRC), current

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Programme Placement, Carrickfergus Museum, October 2016-March 2017



Late Medieval and Post Medieval Ireland; Landscape Archaeology; Cartography; Influences of Colonialism on native communities; Heritage Developement; Museums; Teaching; Outreach



Ulster Archaeological Society

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (Student member)

Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group

Society for Medieval Archaeology

Ulster Architectural Heritage Society


Other Roles

School Rep for Archaeology Postgraduates: Internal and Postraduate Forum

Assistant Leade at he Queen's Young Archaeology Club

Volunteer at Carrickfergus Museum

Member of the Kilwaughter Castle Resoration Group



Papers presented

Hidden Cultural Landscapes and Their Political Significance - Sharing Space in the Early Modern World 1450-1750, Oxford, June 2016

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