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PhD projects

Large scale geophysical and remote sensing survey Later prehistoric and medieval landscapes Archaeologies of rulership in Northern Europe Cult Practices and Cult Landscapes Imaging and Imagining cult spaces Funerary Archaeology and Ritual Assembly Places and Practices Material Culture and Economy in Medieval Society

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Research Interests

Patrick Gleeson is a archaeologist interested in the later prehistoric and medieval archaeology of Europe. His current research focus is the archaeloghy of cult, rulership, kingdoms and governance in the first millennium AD of northern Europe. He is particularly interested in the use of large scale remote sensing, G.I.S. and the application of new and novel methodologies at a landscape scale in these areas.He currently has ongoing field projects examing later prehistoric and early medieval cult landscapes, power centres, and royal landscapes in Ireland and Scotland, including Kedrah Fort, Lagore Crannog, Navan Fort, the Rock of Cashel and Knockainy. 

I am interested in supervising PhD research and supporting postdoctoral projects in any aspect of cult, kingship and religion in late prehistoric and medieval Europe.

Career History

2015-17 Lecturer in Archaeology, Newcastle University

2014-15 IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, NUI, Galway

2014 Research Assistant, Dept. of Archaeology, UCC, Insular Monasticism at Toureen Peakaun Project

2009-14 IRC and WJ Leen (UCC) PhD, Archaeology, UCC

2008-9 MA in Medieval Archaeology, University of York



ARP1010 The Archaeology of Historic Europe

ARP1013 Introduction to World Archaeology

ARP2043 Archaeology of Islands

ARP2045 St Patrick to the Plantation: the Archaeology of Historic Ireland

ARP3085 Early Medieval Europe: archaeologies of kingship and religion


ARP4041 Research, Theory and Practice

ARP4202 Current debates in Irish Archaeology

AHS7031 Research Preparation Portfolio I

AHS7032 Research Preparation Portfolio II

Administrative Roles

Exams Liasion Officer (2017-19)

Pathways Programme Co-ordinator for School of Natural and Built Environment

Masters Programmes Co-ordinator

Advisor of Studies Level 4

Research Seminar Organiser



Current PhD students:

Clair Richardson, Society and the Dead: Geospatial Analysis of complex cemeteries (DfE funded)

Leidy Bojaca Gonzalez, Carved Stones in Context: Symbol Stones and Ogham (with Prof. G. Noble, Uni. of Aberdeen) (Leverhulme Trust funded)


Council Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Winner of the Journal of Irish Archaeology's Postgraduate Prize, 2014

Winner of the ASIMS and Four Courts Press Michael Adams Prize 2013


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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2009 2019

Archaeology and Myth: making the early medieval Gods

Gleeson, P., 16 May 2019, (Accepted) In : Medieval Archaeology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Finding the royal heartland of Dál Riata: landscape and kingship at Dunseverick, Co. Antrim

Gleeson, P., 2019, Lost and Found 3, ed. J. Fenwick. Wordwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Making provincial kingship in early medieval Ireland: Cashel and the creation of Munster

Gleeson, P., 17 Dec 2019, Power and place in late Roman and Early Medieval Europe: interdisciplinary perspectives in governance and civil organisation. British Academy, (Proceedings of the British Academy ).

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

Residence, ritual and rulership: a state-of-the-art for royal places in early medieval Ireland

Gleeson, P., 02 Dec 2019, (Accepted) In : Early Medieval Europe. 27, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Early medieval kingdoms and territories: negotiating sovereignty in the Irish Sea region

Gleeson, P., 2018, (Accepted) La Construcción De La Territorialidad En La Alta Edad Media, Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca. Martin Viso, I. (ed.). Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca

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


Council Member Society for Medieval Archaeology

Patrick Gleeson (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Election to learned society

Medieval Archaeology

Early Medieval Governance in the Atlantic Arc: €9765

Patrick Gleeson (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Four Courts Press and Michael Adams Prize

Patrick Gleeson (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Irish Research Council Doctoral Award

Patrick Gleeson (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2012 2020

Irish Conference of Medievalists

Patrick Gleeson (Organiser)
27 Jun 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

European Association of Archaeologists

Patrick Gleeson (Session chair)
06 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Cambridge Archaeological Journal (Journal)

Patrick Gleeson (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

European Journal of Archaeology (Journal)

Patrick Gleeson (Peer reviewer)
Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Press / Media

Cashel of the Kings Podcast

Patrick Gleeson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment