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      Comparative colonialism, ethics, archaeological theory, global historical archaeology, early modern Atlantic World, Ireland, Chesapeake

      Research Statement


      My research centres on comparative colonialism and the relationship between archaeology and contemporary identity, with a particular focus upon European expansion into the early modern Atlantic world(s). Major archaeological fieldwork projects include directing excavations at Jamestown, Virginia (first permanent English New World settlement, 1607); on Plantation-period sites in Northern Ireland (Movanagher, Roe Valley/Limavady, Goodland); at the Slievemore Deserted Village, Achill Island, Co Mayo; and running a multi-year Survey of Rural Mountain Settlement in the Virginia Blue Ridge. Recent projects include two collaborative AHRC-funded projects exploring the links between Ulster and Scotland in the late medieval and post-medieval periods. These two projects, carried out through the Integrating Archaeology and Sustainable Communities network ( are also bringing together contemporary communities. I am also collaborating on a National Endowment for the Humanities project entitled Colonial Encounters in the Chesapeake which is examining the early colonial engagements between Natives, Europeans, and Africans from an archaeological perspective. Recent publications have addressed future directions for historical and contemporary archaeology; integration of archaeology with conflict transformation; ethics and public engagement; incorporation of Native American perspectives on colonial histories; the anthropology of drinking in colonial settings; late medieval Gaelic Irish rural settlement; vernacular architecture in Ireland and Virginia; and the 20th-century archaeology of Appalachia



      Educational Qualifications

      PhD Historical Archaeology 1995, University of Pennsylvania

      MA American Civilization 1991, University of Pennsylvania

      BA with High Honors, History and Anthropology 1989, College of William and Mary

      Previous Academic Posts

      Reader in Historical Archaeology, University of Leicester 2009-2011

      Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology, University of Leicester 2007-2009

      Lecturer in Historical Archaeology, University of Leicester 2005-2007

      Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of William and Mary 2002-2005

      Leverhulme Visiting Fellow, School of Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast 2000-2001

      Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast 1998-1999

      Assistant Professor of Anthropology (adjunct) Shenandoah University 1997-2000

      Archaeologist, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1991-1998

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