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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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    Frequent Journals

    • Archaeological Dialogues

      ISSNs: 1380-2038

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1478-2294

      Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.29 SJR 0.848 SNIP 1.016


    • Historical Archaeology

      ISSNs: 0440-9213

      Society for Historical Archaeology

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.5 SJR 0.38 SNIP 0.648


    • Post-Medieval Archaeology

      ISSNs: 0079-4236

      Maney Publishing

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.526 SNIP 0.872


    • Archaeology Ireland

      ISSNs: 0790-892X


    • Archaeology

      ISSNs: 0003-8113

      Archaeological Institute of America

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.01 SJR 0.1


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