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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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Research Output

Archaeology and Myth in Early Medieval Europe: Making the Gods of Early Ireland

Gleeson, P., 02 Jul 2020, In : Medieval Archaeology. p. 65-93 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

    Gleeson, P., 2020, 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)

    Re-imagining Navan Fort: New Light On The Evolution Of A Major Ceremonial Centre In Northern Europe

    Gleeson, P., O'Driscoll, J. & Noble, G., 16 Jul 2020, In : Oxford Journal of Archaeology. 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Ways of Death: Cremation and belief in first millennium AD Ireland

    Gleeson, P. & McLaughlin, R., 18 May 2020, (Accepted) In : Antiquity.

    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


    Council Member Society for Medieval Archaeology

    Gleeson, Patrick (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Early Medieval Governance in the Atlantic Arc: €9765

    Gleeson, Patrick (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Four Courts Press and Michael Adams Prize

    Gleeson, Patrick (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Irish Research Council Doctoral Award

    Gleeson, Patrick (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Irish Conference of Medievalists

    Patrick Gleeson (Organiser)

    27 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    European Journal of Archaeology (Journal)

    Patrick Gleeson (Peer reviewer)

    Dec 2019

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

    Cambridge Archaeological Journal (Journal)

    Patrick Gleeson (Peer reviewer)


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

    MRES Environmental Geosciences, Newcastle University

    Patrick Gleeson (Examiner)

    01 Sep 201930 Sep 2022

    Activity: Examination typesPGT external examination

    Press / Media

    Cashel of the Kings Podcast

    Patrick Gleeson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Excavations at the Rock of Cashel TG4 News

    Patrick Gleeson


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research