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Available Archaeology And Palaeoecology PhD Studentships 2019-20 

'Society and the Dead: Geospatial and Statistical analysis of complex cemeteries in early medieval Ireland'

Closing Date 26.04.19

In recent decades a huge up-surge in large-scale excavations throughout Ireland has engendered major new discoveries, foremost of which are a series of complex sites defined by large cemeteries and associated activities of the early medieval period (AD 400-1150). While research into this new phenomenon has debated terminology, advanced our understanding of burial rites, conversion and Christianisation, as well as the relationship between places of burial, settlement and assembly, there have been little holistic analysis of this new data. In particular, complex sites often lack detailed chronologies, and there has been little critical consideration of phasing, spatial development, relationships at an inter- and intra-site level, as well as the social function of places of the dead from a landscape perspective. This PhD studentship will address these issues by examining new cemetery sites through statistical analysis and applying novel G.I.S. methods to their spatial and temporal development. In particular, this research will examine how gender, status, kinship, commemorative strategies and the social function of the dead within the mortuary arena, can be illuminated. 

The project will be supervised by Dr Patrick Gleeson, School of the Natural and Built Environment and further details can be obtained thorugh him. Candidates should have a degree (minimum 2.1) and postgraduate qualification in archaeology or a cognate discipline. A background or experience gained in commercial sector using geo-spatial or statistical techniques is desirable but not essential. 

The successful candidate will be funded through a DfE studentship (including (2018-19 rate) a stipend of £14,777 and Home/EU fees), the candidate must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years (with no restrictions).  EU residents may be eligible for studentship covering fees-only.

To apply, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.


ESRC NINE DTP studentships:

Suitably qualified applicants interested in applying with a project proposal orientated towards the social sciences may be eligible for a NINE (ESRC DTP) studentship. Note that the deadline for applications is 4pm Friday 18 January 2019.

How to apply?

To apply for any of the opportunities outlined above, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.

The School warmly welcomes all enquiries regarding PhD research in Archaeology and Palaeoecology. PhD proposals can be developed in consultation with a potential supervisor based in the School; potential supervisors are listed below.

Further inquiries about funding opportunities should be directed to the School Postgraduate Admissions Officer.

Potential Supervisors in Archaeology and Palaeoecology

Dr Laura Basell

Dr Maarten Blaauw

Dr Dirk Brandherm

Dr Patrick Gleeson

Prof. (Emeritus) James Mallory

Prof. Caroline Malone

Dr Finbar McCormick

Dr William Megarry

Prof. Eileen Murphy

Dr Gill Plunkett

Dr Ryan Rabett

Prof. Paula Reimer

Dr Andy Shuttleworth