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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. He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2022 for this work, recognising the international impact of his research. He is a member of the Young Academy of Ireland (RIA), the Historic Monuments Council of Northern Ireland, and the Standing Committee for Archaeology of the Royal Irish Academy.

His current research focus is the archaeology 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. Ongoing field projects include Dunseverick Promontory, Kedrah Fort, Lagore Crannog, Navan Fort, the Rock of Cashel, Knockainy and Milfield. 

PhD and postdoctoral projects are welcome in any aspect of Iron Age or medieval society, and specificallt cult, kingship and religion in late prehistoric and medieval Europe.

Current Projects

Comparative Kingship (Leverhulme Trust funded)

Waves of Colonisation in the Sea of Moyle (AHRC funded)

Capability for Collections - Institute for Heritage and Environmental Science (UKRI/AHRC Award)

Corpus of Iron Age Stone Sculpture (DAEICS)

Digital Atlas of Early Irish Carved Stones (DAEICS - INSTAR Funded)

Navan Fort and Environs (Leverhulme and ABC District Council funded)


Career History

2020–present Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval Archaeology, QUB

2017–20 Lecturer in Early Medieval Archaeology, QUB

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 Themes in Historical Archaeology

ARP1013 Introduction to World Archaeology

ARP2043 Archaeology of Islands

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

ARP3085 Kingship and Religion in the First Millennium AD


ARP4041 Research, Theory and Practice

ARP4202 Current Debates in Irish Archaeology

AHS7031 Research Preparation Portfolio I

AHS7032 Research Preparation Portfolio II

Administrative Roles

Programme Director, Archaeology and Palaeoecology

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)

James Bright: 'Digital phenomenology': interrogating the experience of diachronic rotual landscapes through remote sensing, 3D reconstruction and virtual reality modelling' (AHRC funded)

F. Louise Moffet: (AHRC funded) The Place of the Late Medieval Church in Ulster

Ellinor Graham: Mitigating the impacts of environmental change on cultural heritage using drone-based survey techniques (Quadrat DTP)

Holly Shipton: Landscape, Ecology and Agriculture in Medieval Ireland: a Study of Roger Bigod's Medieval Estates (DfE funded)

Clare Privilege: The Origins of Textile Production in Early Ireland


Winner Martyn Jope Prize 2020

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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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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