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Dr Emily Murray

Excavation Director


Telephone: 028 90 973825
Email: e.v.murray@qub.ac.uk 


As a fieldwork director Emily helps with the management of the CAF and she also takes part in excavations, most recently at Carrickfergus Castle, Co. Antrim and Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim. Emily is also an experienced zooarchaeologist and has undertaken analysis of faunal assemblages from a wide range of sites across Britain and Ireland. Before joining the CAF in September 2007 Emily was previously employed at Queens as a research fellow on the CHRONO Ringfort Dating Project, the Knowth Animal Bone Research Project (funded by Heritage Council) and the Leverhulme Trust funded project on the Timber buildings in England and Wales, AD 900-1150/1200.  

Emily recently appeared as presenter on UTV's documentary on the Ulster Plantation, 'Plantation: The Truth and the Legacy. (December 2010) and earlier in 2008, as a co-presenter in BBC1-NI's Blueprint series. 

Membership of professional bodies, academic and research groups

  • Member of Past Cultural Changes Research Cluster
  • Member (chair) Irish Zooarchaeology Working Group (IZWG)


Current Teaching


Selected Publications & Reports


Murray, E. and Logue, P. (eds) 2010 Battles, boats and bones. Archaeological discoveries in Northern Ireland, 1987-2008. Belfast. TSO.

McCormick, F. and Murray, E.V. 2007 Knowth and the Zooarchaeology of Early Christian Ireland. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy.

Murray, E.V. and Munyaradzi, M. 2008 Pangolins, Pythons and Panthers: a report on the faunal Remains from KoBulawayo, Zimbabwe (Museum Memoir Series No. 3). Harare: National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe.

Chapters in Books

Murray, E. (forthcoming) A diet of beef, hogget and corncrake: the animal bone assemblage from Raystown. In M. Seaver (ed.) Excavations at Raystown. (NRA Monograph Series). NRA.

Murray, E. and McCormick, F. 2011 The animal bones. In A.R. Hayden, Trim Castle, Co. Meath: Excavations 1995-8 (Archaeological Monograph Series: 6), 419-431. Dublin. The Stationery Office.

Murray,E. 2011 The mammal bones. In E. Bourke, A.R. Hayden and A. Lynch, Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry: the monastery and South Peak. Archaeological stratigraphy report. Excavations 1986-2010, 425-436. Wordwell. Available to download here.

McCormick, F. and Murray, E. 2011 The animal bones from Deer Park Farms. In C.J. Lynn and J.A. McDowell (eds), Deer Park Farms: the excavation of a raised rath in the Glenarm valley, Co. Antrim, 469-488. Belfast. TSO.

Murray, E., Donnelly, C. and Logue, P. 2010 Rediscovering the O'Neill tower-house and Chichester's military fort at Castle Hill, Dungannon. In E. Murray and P. Logue (eds.), Battles, boats and bones. Archaeological discoveries in Northern Ireland, 1987-2008, 84-88. Belfast. TSO.

Murray, E.V. 2007 Molluscs and middens: the archaeology of “Ireland’s early savage race”?, in Murphy, E. and Whitehouse, N. (eds.), Environmental Archaeology in Ireland,

Murray, E.V. and McCormick, F. 2006 The animal bones from Mooghaun hillfort, in Grogan, E. The North Munster Project. Bray: Wordwell.

Murray, E.V. and McCormick, F. 2005 Environmental analysis and the food supply, in Marshall, J.W. and Walsh, C. (eds.), Illaunloughan Island: An Early Medieval Monastery in Co. Kerry. Bray: Wordwell, 67-80.

Journal Articles

Murray, E. (forthcoming) A Late Mesolithic shell midden at Kilnatierny, near Greyabbey, County Down. Journal of Irish Archaeology.

Murray, E.V. and F. McCormick 2012 Doonloughan: a seasonal settlement site on the Connemara coast, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 112C, 1-52.

Murray, E., Gibbons, M. and McCormick, F. 2011 An early medieval broken dog-whelk midden at Culfin, Connemara. Journal of Galway Archaeological and Historical Society 63, 36-42.

Murray, E. 2010 Totty Pot, Cheddar, Somerset: the faunal remains, Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 25, 97-104.

Murray, E. 2010 Animal bone from Caherconnell cashel (Appendix B). In M. Comber and G. Hull, Excavations at Caherconnell Cashel, the Burren, Co. Clare: implications for cashel chronology and Gaelic settlement, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 110C, 133-171: A1-A9.

Murray, E. 2009 A Late Mesolithic shell midden at Tullybeg, County Galway, Journal of Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, 61, 1-3.

Colm Donnelly, Alastair Ruffell, Naomi Carver, Eileen Murphy, Emily Murray & James McCambridge. 2009 Suspect Burial or Civil Engineering Trial Pit? A Cautionary Tale, Forensic Science International 183, 11-16.

Murray, E., Macdonald, P. and Conway, M. 2008 Excavations at Castle Ward, Lecale Review 6, 18-23.

Donnelly, C.J., Murray, E.V. and McHugh, R. 2008 Dungannon Castle: its history, architecture and archaeology, D úiche Néill 17, 11-24.

Gardiner, M.F., Brown, D. and Murray, E.V. 2006. Timber fittings and fixtures in churches and secular buildings: mid-fourteenth-century timber stairs at Brabourne Church, Kent, Church Archaeology 7/8/9, 45-50.

Murray, E. and Hamilton-Dyer, S. 2006 Report on the faunal remains. In M. Comber, Tom Fanning’s excavations at Rinnaraw cashel, Portnablagh, Co. Donegal, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 106C, 67-124.

Murray, E.V. and Schulting, R. 2005 Faunal remains in Schulting, R., ‘….pursuing a rabbit in Burrington Combe’: new research on the early Mesolithic burial cave of Aveline’s Hole, Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society, 23(3), 171-266.

Murray, E.V. and Albarella, U. 2005 Mammal and avian bone, pp. 158-166 in Shelley, A. Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich: Excavation and survey of a late medieval merchant’s trading complex, East Anglian Archaeology 112.

General Reader Publications

Breen, C., Murray, E. and Reid, G. 2011 Dunluce: A castle and lost town in North Antrim. Archaeology Ireland 25(3), 26-29.

Murray, E. 2010 Investigating the grand battery at Carrickfergus Castle. Archaeology Ireland 24(2), 20-23.

Murray, E. and Conway, M. 2008 No previous experience necessary, Archaeology Ireland 22(4), 14-17.

Murray, E. 2008 Lesser spotted feathered friends from medieval Meath, Archaeology Ireland 22(3), 30-31.

Donnelly, C., Murray, E. and Logue, P., 2007. Excavating with Time Team at Castle Hill, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Archaeology Ireland 21(4), 16-19.

Book Reviews

Murray, E.V. 2008 ‘Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages’, by Aleksander Pluskowski (2006). Circaea.

Murray, E.V. 2001 ‘The Archaeology of Animal Bones’ by Terry O’Connor (2000). Antiquity 75, 454-5.

Papers in Conference Proceedings

Murray, E.V. and Manyanga, M. (forthcoming) Pangolins, pythons and panthera: an interim report on the faunal remains from KoBulawayo, Zimbabwe, in Tsheboeng, A. (ed.), Proceedings of the 12th Pan-African Archaeological Congress, Gaborone (July 2005).