BA (Hons.) 2:1 Media Studies: University of Ulster (Coleraine) (2003)
BA (Hons.) 1st class, in Archaeology: Queen’s University, Belfast. (2010)
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 5287
A Spatial Analysis of the Prehistoric Burials of Northern Ireland
My research will aim to study the siting of the Prehistoric burials in Northern Ireland in relation to their landscape and each other. It has long been assumed that megalithic tombs occupy discrete, ritually significant settings within the landscape but little has been done to assess the veracity of this theory.
The research will look at where the tombs are located (soil types, geology, topography etc.) to assess whether they occupied marginal land or were located within areas that may have been of prime agricultural significance. The relationship between the different tomb types will also be examined, both spatially and temporally in order to gauge the way in which their builders viewed and used the land and what this may tell us about prehistoric religion and ritual in Ireland.