MA with distinction;
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 5287
I currently take a tutorial class for the undergraduate module ‘Europe in Prehistory (ARP1002)’
Prehistoric rock art and the cultural landscapes of the north of Ireland: a contextual and interpretive study
Whilst recent research in Ireland, Scotland and northern England has demonstrated the potential for both landscape and site based analysis of petroglyphs, this theme has remained a neglected area of research in the north of Ireland. Parallel studies in Argyll and Northumberland, as well as Cork and Kerry have demonstrated the successful use of various landscape approaches and careful field survey within this stimulating area of archaeological research. Additionally comparative work has shown that the sheer quantity of decorated stones is far greater than previously thought. However, beyond initial survey work in the broad area of Ulster, little attempt has been made to map, catalogue or interpret these sites. This project proposes to act as a major revision of this resource and aims to produce a robust inventory of sites and a re-evaluation of rock art in the geographical area explored. Although previous survey results and theoretical application in Britain and Ireland have provided both an anchor and a departure point for this project, the aim here is to formulate a setting suitable for the application of a theoretical dialogue which is related to but not reliant on previous approaches and seek to interpret this resource from a contextual point of view. Data collection, detailed recording methods (including GIS) and various landscape approaches will be employed to identify and enable interpretation of:
Enlander, R. (2011). ‘Rock art and prehistoric geologists? Some observations from the Kilmartin Valley,’ PAST 69, (Nov.). 11–13.
Enlander, R. (forthcoming). ‘Reference, repetition and re-use: defining ‘identities’ through carved landscapes in the north of Ireland,’ in V. Ginn, R. Enlander and R. Crozier (eds), Exploring prehistoric identity in Northwest Europe: our construct or theirs?
Ginn, V., Enlander, R., and Crozier, R. (forthcoming) Exploring prehistoric identity in Northwest Europe: our construct or theirs? Oxbow.
8th June 2012. Regional identities and the rock art landscapes of the north of Ireland: stones, symbols and social narratives. The Prehistoric Society Europa Postgraduate Conference, Reading University
May 2012. Regional identities and the rock art landscapes of the north of Ireland: stones, symbols and social narratives. British Rock Art Group (BRAG 2012) annual meeting, Bristol University
27 – 28 May 2011. Defining personal expressions through carved landscapes (poster). Interpreting Identity Symposium, Queen’s University, Belfast
7 – 8 May 2011. Carving Local: rock art ‘landscapes’ in Ireland (poster). British Rock Art Group (BRAG) 2011 annual meeting, Durham University.
17 – 19 Dec 2010. Carved Narratives: Rocks, Rock Art and the Geological character of some Irish Stones. 32nd annual conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), Bristol University.
2012 – Co-recipient of the Marc Fitch fund publication grant (£400) to cover colour illustration costs for the publication: Exploring Prehistoric Identity in Northwest Europe: our construct or theirs? Oxbow Books have agreed to print the volume at no cost to us.
2011 – The Coles Award, Prehistoric Society (£300) for field research in Kilmartin, Argyll.
2011 – Co-recipient of the Student-led Initiative Fund, QUB and additional funding from The Prehistoric Society and NIEA for the ‘Interpreting Identity’ conference held at QUB, May 2011.
2010 – 75th Anniversary Fieldwork Prize Fund (£200) for ongoing field research.
2009 – Recipient of a Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) award, which covers all fees and provides a maintenance grant for three years of my PhD study
2007 – Daphne Lorimer Bursary, Orkney Archaeology Society for MA fees, Kirkwall, UHI.
27 – 28 May 2011. Co-organizer of the student-led ‘Interpreting Identity’ conference held at QUB.
2008 – MA with Distinction in Archaeological Practice, Orkney College, Scotland. Thesis: “Socially inherited landscapes of the Broch dwellers: A case study of Neolithic locality associations in Iron Age Rousay.” 2006 – BSc Hons in Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queens University, Belfast.
Since 2003 I have worked as a field archaeologist on various excavations within the commercial sector in Ireland on a wide variety of sites ranging from prehistoric settlement to seventeenth century urban remains. Additionally I have worked on a series of research excavations both in the U.K., and Slovakia (up to supervisory level) and undertaken fieldwork at Valcamonica, Italy, recording Neolithic – Iron Age rock art panels.