Staff and Students

Assistant Excavation Director

Dr Harry Welsh

Dr Harry Welsh is heavily involved in community archaeology in Northern Ireland. Through his work with the CAF he has led many community excavations, workshops and tours, most notably in conjunction with the Belfast Hills Partnership. Harry is also on the committee of the Ulster Archaeological Society (UAS) and is a founding member and leader of the UAS Field Survey Group, which has surveyed over 50 historic sites across Northern Ireland.

Undergraduate Student

Calista Arthey

During Summer 2017, undergraduate student Calista Arthey completed an internship with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which involved her working in Belgium in the Commission's information centres in Ypres. She told us 'It was really fantastic, I answered people's questions, gave brief tours - but the best part was helping people find their relatives. Often it was the first time they had ever seen their graves, and it was very moving.'

Read Calista's blog

PhD Researcher

Laura Patrick

Laura has volunteered at Carrickfergus Museum for the last 3 years, getting experience of artefact curation, exhibition development and outreach. Thanks to her funding body (Northern Bridge), she also completed a funded 6-month placement in the museum and as a result is now employed as a part-time Education Officer within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Laura will be working on the ‘Carrickfergus Township Heritage Initiative’ (HLF project) while continuing her PhD research part-time.

Read about Laura's research

Senior Lecturer

Dr Eileen Murphy

Dr Eileen Murphy is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology - Palaeoecology and Assistant Leader of the Belfast Branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club. In 2017 Eileen spoke at Irish Fest in Milwaukee, promoting at Irish Archaeology and QUB at the largest festival of Irish culture in the USA.

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Dr Heather Montgomery

Since completing her PhD in 2017, Heather has been working on the ARHC funded 'Living Legacies 1914-1918' project. This project provides communities with access to information, expertise and support for projects that explore the impacts that World War One had in Britain and Ireland.

Living Legacies

PhD Researcher

Naomi Carver

Naomi Carver is a 2nd year PhD student, researching 17th-19th century glazed coarse earthenware. Prior to commencing her post-graduate research, Naomi worked at the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF), participating and directing a wide range of excavations and projects around Northern Ireland. Naomi is Branch Leader of the Belfast Young Archaeologists' Club which she founded in 2006, along with some other QUB colleagues.