William Megarry


  • Room 02.006 - 42 Fitzwilliam Street

    United Kingdom

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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 10 years commercial and academic experience. He has a particular interest in (and has published widely on) the application and transferability of geospatial technologies to 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 Lecturer in Geogrpahical Information science, teching GIS and remote sensing, with a particular focus on their use a decision support tools for policy and management decision making. He is also an active field archaeologist with an ongoing project in the Shetland Islands, UK.


ARP 1013 - Introduction to World Archaeology

GGY 2002 - Landscapes and GIS

ARP 2057 - Atchaeology 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

Member of the Society for American Archaeologists 

Member of European Association of Archaeologists 

Member of the World Archaeological Congress 


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

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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2013 2019

A Late Bronze Age field system and settlement on the Antrim Plateau: preliminary results

Gardiner, M., Megarry, W. & Plunkett, G., 01 Dec 2019, (Accepted) In : Journal of Irish Archaeology. 28, p. 49 57 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bronze Age
arable farming
radiocarbon dating

Tangled up in blue: The role of reibeckite felsite in Neolithic Shetland

Cooney, G., Megarry, W., Markham, M., Gilhooley, B. & O'Neill, B., 2019, Mining and Quarrying in Neolithic Europe: A Social Perspective. Teather, A., Topping, P. & Baczkowski, J. (eds.). Oxbow Books

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

Cultural heritage has a lot to teach us about climate change

Daly, C., Downes, J. & Megarry, W., 17 Oct 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contribution

Debitage and Drones: Classifying and Characterising Neolithic Stone Tool Production in the Shetland Islands Using High Resolution Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Imagery

Megarry, W., Graham, C., Gilhooley, B., O'Neill, B., Sands, R., Nyland, A. & Cooney, G., 22 Mar 2018, In : Drones. 2, 12, 14 p., 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
image classification


Global Challenge Research Training Program

William Megarry (Recipient), 21 Nov 2018

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2015 2019

Scottish Islands Research Framework for Archaeology

William Megarry (Participant)
21 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Chartered institute for Archaeologists (External organisation)

William Megarry (Advisor)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

Geospatial approaches to World Heritage management

William Megarry (Advisor)
10 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Climate Change and Cultural Heritage - An ICOMOS Perspective

William Megarry (Invited speaker)
09 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Journal of Archaeological Science (Journal)

William Megarry (Peer reviewer)

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