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Geospatial techniques in archaeology Heritage management and documentation Landscape archaeology and the archaeology of island cultures


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Research Interests

Will Megarry is an archaeologist, geographical information systems (GIS) and heritage management specialist with over 15 years commercial and academic experience. He has a particular interest in (and has published widely on) the application and transferability of geospatial technologies to archaeology and cultural heritage site management and protection. His career has included time in commercial GIS and heritage management consultancy and he has worked at World Heritage Sites and other cultural heritage sites around the world including Petra, Machu Picchu and the Brú na Bóinne. He is a member of ICOMOS Ireland and an Expert Member of ICOMOS-ICAHM.

He is Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Science, teaching GIS and remote sensing, with a particular focus on their use as decision support tools for policy and management decision making. He is also an active field archaeologist with an ongoing project looking at Neolithic stone tool production in the Shetland Islands, UK, funded by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. When not not researching prehistory, he is interested in the more recent archaeologies of emigrant communities and is PI on the Hidden Histories Project, exploring Ulster heritage in Ontario, Canada.

More recently, his research has been exploring the intersection between climate change and cultural heritage. He is a Bureau Member of the ICOMOS Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Working Group and Principal Investigator on the AHRC-DCMS funded Values-based Climate Change Risk Assessment: Piloting the Climate Vulnerability Index for Cultural Heritage in Africa project, which is providing foundational training in climate vulnerability assessment to heritage professionals in Africa. He also coordinated the Heritage on the Edge Project, a collaboration between ICOMOS, CyArk and Google Arts and Culture.


ARP 1013 - Introduction to World Archaeology (Contributor)

ARP 2057 - Archaeology in Practice (Module Coordinator)

ARP 2058 - Archaeology of Islands (Module Coordinator) 

ARP 4508 - Geospatial Techniques in Archaeology (Module Coordinator)



Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries London (FSA)

Member of ICOMOS Ireland and Bureau Member,  ICOMOS Working Group on Cultural Heritage and Climate Change

Expert Member, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management

Secretary, Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies in Athens 



Associate Director of the Centre for GIS and Geomatics, Queen's University Belfast

Member of the Historic Monuments Council of Northern Ireland (Since 2018)

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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