Professor Stephen Driscoll

  • Professor of Historical Archaeology (Archaeology)

telephone: 01413306114
email: Stephen.Driscoll@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research Interests

My primary interests revolve around the Early Medieval Celtic world, with a particular focus on the Early Historic period in Scotland. This has drawn me into exploring long-term cultural and political trajectories in northern Britain from the Iron Age to modern times. Intellectually these studies share a natural affinity with the cultural history of Ireland and western Britain, as well as with Scotland’s northern European neighbours, the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.

In addition to having undertaken excavations at Edinburgh Castle, Glasgow Cathedral, Forteviot, Govan Old church and elsewhere, I follow my interests through the monumental sculpture, medieval architecture and places of assembly. 

Research Projects

SERF (Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot )
Since 2006, my colleagues and I have been exploring the remarkable concentration of prehistoric ritual monuments, burials and Pictish royal palace site at Forteviot in its regional setting. The majority of the fieldwork is conducted as part of our annual field school which attracts students from around the world. The results can be  viewed on the SERF webpage:

Govan Archaeological project: Govan Old Church and the Govan Stones
Situated on the south bank of the Clyde, Govan is synonymous with shipbuilding, but its origins lie in in the Early Medieval period, when its church was the principal church of the kingdom of Strathclyde. Excavations in the 1990s established that Govan Old predates Glasgow Cathedral and show that the existing churchyard was established by the time the famous Govan Stones were brought to the site. This collection of sculpture is one of the largest in the British Isles and the largest body of Viking Age sculpture in Britain. These unique cultural assets are central to efforts to use the cultural heritage to promote urban regeneration in Govan, the most prominent element of which is the Govan Stones, a project to redisplay and widen access to the sculpture and the Old Church.

Supervision

These completed PhDs indicate that my interests range across Scottish historical archaeology:

  • Chris Dalglish (2000) Rural settlement in the age of reason: an archaeology of the southern Scottish Highlands from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries A.D.
  • Caroline Hale (2006) "A perfect Elysium and the residence of a divinity": a social analysis of country houses and policies in late seventeenth and eighteenth century Scotland
  • Oliver O’Grady (2008) The setting and practice of open-air judicial assemblies in medieval Scotland: a multidisciplinary study
  • Sarah Thomas (2008) From Rome to 'the ends of the habitable world': the provision of clergy and church buildings in the Hebrides, circa 1266 to circa 1472 
  • Mharie-Claire Semple (2009) An archaeology of Scotland's early Romanesque churches: the towers of Alba
  • Adrián D. Maldonado Ramírez (2011) Christianity and burial in late Iron Age Scotland, AD 400-650

Teaching

The majority of my teaching is research based and, at Honours level, is interdisciplinary with colleagues from Scottish History and Celtic & Gaelic.  These courses include:

  • The Picts and the Formation of Alba 
  • Northern Britons 5th century to 12th century
  • Founding of Scotland: 11th – 13th centuries 

At Postgraduate level I contribute to the M.Litt. in Celtic and Viking Archaeology core and various options, including the Early Christian Monuments of Scotland.

Additional information

Professional Practice

  • Advisory Committee for Historic Scotland  since 2012, Chair of the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee
  • Director, Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow
  • Trustee of the York Archaeological Trust, since 2013
  • Chair of Organising Committee for the 2015 annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Glasgow 

Publications

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2015

Driscoll, S. T. (2015) In search of the Northern Britons in the Early Historic Era (AD 400–1100). In: Essays on the Local History and Archaeology of West Central Scotland. Series: Resource Assessment of Local History and Archaeology in West Central Scotland. Culture and Sport Glasgow (Glasgow Museums): Glasgow, pp. 1-15.

2014

Driscoll, S.T. (2014) The Govan Stones. History Scotland, 14(1), pp. 36-37.

2012

Campbell, E., and Driscoll, S. (2012) Royal Forteviot: Forteviot in the 1st and 2nd Millennia AD. Series: CBA Research Reports. Council for British archaeology: York. (Unpublished)

Driscoll, S. (2012) Doomster Hill experts view. Urban Realm, 3(10), p. 23.

2011

Driscoll, S., Geddes, J. and Hall, M.A., (Eds.) (2011) Pictish Progress: New Studies on Northern Britain in the Early Middle Ages. Series: Northern world. Brill: Leiden. ISBN 9789004187597

Driscoll, S., and Owen, O. (2011) Norse Influence at Govan on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. In: Sigmundsson, S. (ed.) Viking Settlements and Viking Society: Papers from the Proceedings of the Sixteenth Viking Congress, Reykjavík and Reykholt, 16-23 August 2009. University of Iceland Press: Reykjavik, pp. 335-348. ISBN 9789979549239

Driscoll, S.T. (2011) Pictish archaeology: persistent problems and structural solutions. In: Driscoll, S.T., Geddes, J. and Hall, M.A. (eds.) Pictish Progress: New Studies on Northern Britain in the Early Middle Ages. Series: The Northern World (50). Brill: Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 245-280. ISBN 9789004187597

Taylor, S. (2011) Pictish place-names revisited. In: Driscoll, S.T., Geddes, J. and Hall, M.A. (eds.) Pictish Progress: New Studies on Northern Britain in the Early Middle Ages. Series: The Northern World (50). Brill: Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 67-118. ISBN 9789004187597

2010

Driscoll, S.T. (2010) Scottish historical archaeology: international agendas and local politics. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 14(3), pp. 442-462. (doi:10.1007/s10761-010-0115-9)

Driscoll, S., Brophy, K., and Noble, G. (2010) The Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot project (SERF). Antiquity, 84(323),

Driscoll, S.T. (2010) SERFing in the Scottish heartlands: artefacts and the research strategy. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 32(1), pp. 57-72. (doi:10.3366/saj.2011.0008)

Dalglish, C., and Driscoll, S. (2010) An international Scottish historical archaeology? International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 14(3), pp. 309-315. (doi:10.1007/s10761-010-0112-z)

Dalglish, C., and Driscoll, S.T. (2010) International Journal of Historical Archaeology 14(3). Springer.

2009

Dalglish, C., Driscoll, S.T., Maver, I., Shead, N.F., and Shearer, I. (2009) Historic Govan: Archaeology and Development. Series: The Scottish burgh survey. Historic Scotland: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781902771625

Driscoll, S.T. (2009) Celtic Britain in the early historic period. In: Hunter, J. and Ralston, I. (eds.) The Archaeology of Britain: An Introduction from Earliest Times to the Twenty-First Century. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 241-264. ISBN 9780415477161

Forsyth, K., and Driscoll, S.T. (2009) Symbols of power in Ireland and Scotland, 8th-10th century. Territorio Sociedad y Poder: Revista de Estudios Medievales, 2, pp. 31-66.

2008

Forsyth, K., and Driscoll, S. (2008) Symbols of power in Ireland and Scotland 8th-10th century. In: Symposium Internacional Poder y Simbología en Europa, siglos VIII-X, Oviedo, Spain, 22-27 September 2008,

2005

Driscoll, S.T., O'Grady, O., and Forsyth, K. (2005) The Govan School revisited: searching for meaning in the early medieval sculpture of Strathclyde. In: Foster, S.M. and Cross, M. (eds.) Able Minds and Practised Hands: Scotland's Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century. Series: Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series (23). Historic Scotland: Scotland, pp. 135-158. ISBN 9781904350743

2004

Driscoll, S.T. (2004) Govan from cradle to grave. Series: Friends of Govan Old lecture series. The Society of Friends of Govan Old. ISBN 0954532120

Driscoll, S.T., and Forsyth, K. (2004) The late Iron Age and early historic period. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 26(1-2), pp. 4-20. (doi:10.3366/saj.2004.26.1-2.4)

2003

Driscoll, S.T. (2003) Govan: an early medieval royal centre on the Clyde. In: Breeze, D.J., Clancy, T.O. and Welander, R. (eds.) The stone of destiny: artefact and icon. Series: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland monograph series. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, pp. 77-83. ISBN 0903903229

2000

Driscoll, S.T. (2000) Christian monumental sculpture and ethnic expression in early Scotland. In: Frazer, W.O. and Tyrell, A. (eds.) Social Identity in Early Medieval Britain. Series: Studies in the early history of Britain. Leicester University Press, pp. 233-252. ISBN 0718500849

1998

Driscoll, S.T. (1998) Church archaeology in Glasgow and the kingdom of Strathclyde. Innes Review, 49(2), pp. 95-114.

Driscoll, S.T. (1998) Formalising the mechanisms of state power: early Scottish lordship 9th-13th centuries. In: Foster, S., Macinnes, A. and Macinnes, R. (eds.) Scottish Power Centres. Series: University of Glasgow Postgraduate School of Scottish Studies. Cruithne Press, pp. 32-58. ISBN 1873448090

Driscoll, S.T. (1998) Picts and prehistory: cultural resource management in early medieval Scotland. World Archaeology, 30(1), pp. 142-158.

Driscoll, S.T. (1998) Political discourse and the growth of Christian ceremonialism in Pictland, the place of the St Andrews Sarcophagus. In: Foster, S.M. (ed.) St Andrews Sarcophagus, a Pictish Masterpiece and its International Connections. Four Courts Press, pp. 168-178. ISBN 1851824146

1997

Driscoll, S.T. (1997) Kingdom of Strathclyde's final chapter. British Archaeology, 27, p. 6.

Driscoll, S.T. (1997) Pictish settlement in North-East Fife: the Scottish Field School of Archaeology excavations at Easter Kinnear. Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, 3, pp. 74-118.

Driscoll, S.T., and Yeoman, P.A. (1997) Excavations within Edinburgh Castle in 1988-91. Series: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland monograph series, no. 12. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. ISBN 0903903121

1995

Driscoll, S.T. (1995) Excavations on Dundee Law 1993. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 125, pp. 1091-1108.

1994

Driscoll, S.T. (1994) Trial excavations at Govan Old Parish Church. Annual Report of the Society of Friends of Govan Old, 5, pp. 2-14.

1992

Driscoll, S.T. (1992) Discourse on the frontiers of history: material culture and social reproduction in early scotland. Historical Archaeology, 26(3), pp. 12-25.

1991

Driscoll, S.T. (1991) Archaeology of state formation in Scotland. In: Hanson, W.S. and Slater, E.A. (eds.) Scottish Archaeology, New Perceptions. Aberdeen University Press, pp. 81-111. ISBN 0080412122

Driscoll, S.T. (1991) Excavations at Glasgow Cathedral: a preliminary report on the archaeological discoveries made in 1992-93. Glasgow Archaeological Journal, 17, pp. 63-75.

1990

Driscoll, S.T. (1990) Rescue excavations of a prehistoric settlement and Viking Age/Medieval cemetery at John O'Groats 1989. Glasgow Archaeological Journal, 16, pp. 29-37.

1989

Driscoll, S.T., Alcock, L., and Alcock, E. (1989) Reconnaissance excavations on early historic fortifications and other royal sites in Scotland, 1974-84: 3, excavations at Dundurn, Strathearn, Perthshire. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 119, pp. 189-226.

1988

Driscoll, S.T. (1988) Power and authority in early historic Scotland, Pictish symbol stones and other documents. In: Gledhill, J., Bender, B. and Larsen, M. (eds.) State and Society: the Emergence and Development of Social Hierarchy and Political Centralization. Series: One World Archaeology.. Thomson Publishing Services (on behalf of Taylor and Francis Books UK), pp. 215-236. ISBN 0044450230

Driscoll, S.T. (1988) Scotland and the viking menace, a commentary on public archaeology and the Jorvik Centre. Scottish Archaeological Review, 5, pp. 7-11.

Driscoll, S.T. (1988) The relationship between history and archaeology : artefacts, documents and power. In: Driscoll, S.T. and Nieke, M.R. (eds.) Power and politics in early medieval Britain and Ireland. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 162-187. ISBN 0852245203

1984

Driscoll, S.T. (1984) The new medieval archaeology: theory vs. history. Scottish Archaeological Review, 3(2), pp. 104-109.

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Number of items: 40.

Articles

Driscoll, S.T. (2014) The Govan Stones. History Scotland, 14(1), pp. 36-37.

Driscoll, S. (2012) Doomster Hill experts view. Urban Realm, 3(10), p. 23.

Driscoll, S.T. (2010) Scottish historical archaeology: international agendas and local politics. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 14(3), pp. 442-462. (doi:10.1007/s10761-010-0115-9)

Driscoll, S., Brophy, K., and Noble, G. (2010) The Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot project (SERF). Antiquity, 84(323),

Driscoll, S.T. (2010) SERFing in the Scottish heartlands: artefacts and the research strategy. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 32(1), pp. 57-72. (doi:10.3366/saj.2011.0008)

Dalglish, C., and Driscoll, S. (2010) An international Scottish historical archaeology? International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 14(3), pp. 309-315. (doi:10.1007/s10761-010-0112-z)

Forsyth, K., and Driscoll, S.T. (2009) Symbols of power in Ireland and Scotland, 8th-10th century. Territorio Sociedad y Poder: Revista de Estudios Medievales, 2, pp. 31-66.

Driscoll, S.T., and Forsyth, K. (2004) The late Iron Age and early historic period. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 26(1-2), pp. 4-20. (doi:10.3366/saj.2004.26.1-2.4)

Driscoll, S.T. (1998) Church archaeology in Glasgow and the kingdom of Strathclyde. Innes Review, 49(2), pp. 95-114.

Driscoll, S.T. (1998) Picts and prehistory: cultural resource management in early medieval Scotland. World Archaeology, 30(1), pp. 142-158.

Driscoll, S.T. (1997) Kingdom of Strathclyde's final chapter. British Archaeology, 27, p. 6.

Driscoll, S.T. (1997) Pictish settlement in North-East Fife: the Scottish Field School of Archaeology excavations at Easter Kinnear. Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, 3, pp. 74-118.

Driscoll, S.T. (1995) Excavations on Dundee Law 1993. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 125, pp. 1091-1108.

Driscoll, S.T. (1994) Trial excavations at Govan Old Parish Church. Annual Report of the Society of Friends of Govan Old, 5, pp. 2-14.

Driscoll, S.T. (1992) Discourse on the frontiers of history: material culture and social reproduction in early scotland. Historical Archaeology, 26(3), pp. 12-25.

Driscoll, S.T. (1991) Excavations at Glasgow Cathedral: a preliminary report on the archaeological discoveries made in 1992-93. Glasgow Archaeological Journal, 17, pp. 63-75.

Driscoll, S.T. (1990) Rescue excavations of a prehistoric settlement and Viking Age/Medieval cemetery at John O'Groats 1989. Glasgow Archaeological Journal, 16, pp. 29-37.

Driscoll, S.T., Alcock, L., and Alcock, E. (1989) Reconnaissance excavations on early historic fortifications and other royal sites in Scotland, 1974-84: 3, excavations at Dundurn, Strathearn, Perthshire. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 119, pp. 189-226.

Driscoll, S.T. (1988) Scotland and the viking menace, a commentary on public archaeology and the Jorvik Centre. Scottish Archaeological Review, 5, pp. 7-11.

Driscoll, S.T. (1984) The new medieval archaeology: theory vs. history. Scottish Archaeological Review, 3(2), pp. 104-109.

Books

Campbell, E., and Driscoll, S. (2012) Royal Forteviot: Forteviot in the 1st and 2nd Millennia AD. Series: CBA Research Reports. Council for British archaeology: York. (Unpublished)

Dalglish, C., Driscoll, S.T., Maver, I., Shead, N.F., and Shearer, I. (2009) Historic Govan: Archaeology and Development. Series: The Scottish burgh survey. Historic Scotland: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781902771625

Driscoll, S.T. (2004) Govan from cradle to grave. Series: Friends of Govan Old lecture series. The Society of Friends of Govan Old. ISBN 0954532120

Driscoll, S.T., and Yeoman, P.A. (1997) Excavations within Edinburgh Castle in 1988-91. Series: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland monograph series, no. 12. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. ISBN 0903903121

Book Sections

Driscoll, S. T. (2015) In search of the Northern Britons in the Early Historic Era (AD 400–1100). In: Essays on the Local History and Archaeology of West Central Scotland. Series: Resource Assessment of Local History and Archaeology in West Central Scotland. Culture and Sport Glasgow (Glasgow Museums): Glasgow, pp. 1-15.

Driscoll, S., and Owen, O. (2011) Norse Influence at Govan on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. In: Sigmundsson, S. (ed.) Viking Settlements and Viking Society: Papers from the Proceedings of the Sixteenth Viking Congress, Reykjavík and Reykholt, 16-23 August 2009. University of Iceland Press: Reykjavik, pp. 335-348. ISBN 9789979549239

Driscoll, S.T. (2011) Pictish archaeology: persistent problems and structural solutions. In: Driscoll, S.T., Geddes, J. and Hall, M.A. (eds.) Pictish Progress: New Studies on Northern Britain in the Early Middle Ages. Series: The Northern World (50). Brill: Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 245-280. ISBN 9789004187597

Taylor, S. (2011) Pictish place-names revisited. In: Driscoll, S.T., Geddes, J. and Hall, M.A. (eds.) Pictish Progress: New Studies on Northern Britain in the Early Middle Ages. Series: The Northern World (50). Brill: Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 67-118. ISBN 9789004187597

Driscoll, S.T. (2009) Celtic Britain in the early historic period. In: Hunter, J. and Ralston, I. (eds.) The Archaeology of Britain: An Introduction from Earliest Times to the Twenty-First Century. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 241-264. ISBN 9780415477161

Driscoll, S.T., O'Grady, O., and Forsyth, K. (2005) The Govan School revisited: searching for meaning in the early medieval sculpture of Strathclyde. In: Foster, S.M. and Cross, M. (eds.) Able Minds and Practised Hands: Scotland's Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century. Series: Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series (23). Historic Scotland: Scotland, pp. 135-158. ISBN 9781904350743

Driscoll, S.T. (2003) Govan: an early medieval royal centre on the Clyde. In: Breeze, D.J., Clancy, T.O. and Welander, R. (eds.) The stone of destiny: artefact and icon. Series: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland monograph series. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, pp. 77-83. ISBN 0903903229

Driscoll, S.T. (2000) Christian monumental sculpture and ethnic expression in early Scotland. In: Frazer, W.O. and Tyrell, A. (eds.) Social Identity in Early Medieval Britain. Series: Studies in the early history of Britain. Leicester University Press, pp. 233-252. ISBN 0718500849

Driscoll, S.T. (1998) Formalising the mechanisms of state power: early Scottish lordship 9th-13th centuries. In: Foster, S., Macinnes, A. and Macinnes, R. (eds.) Scottish Power Centres. Series: University of Glasgow Postgraduate School of Scottish Studies. Cruithne Press, pp. 32-58. ISBN 1873448090

Driscoll, S.T. (1998) Political discourse and the growth of Christian ceremonialism in Pictland, the place of the St Andrews Sarcophagus. In: Foster, S.M. (ed.) St Andrews Sarcophagus, a Pictish Masterpiece and its International Connections. Four Courts Press, pp. 168-178. ISBN 1851824146

Driscoll, S.T. (1991) Archaeology of state formation in Scotland. In: Hanson, W.S. and Slater, E.A. (eds.) Scottish Archaeology, New Perceptions. Aberdeen University Press, pp. 81-111. ISBN 0080412122

Driscoll, S.T. (1988) Power and authority in early historic Scotland, Pictish symbol stones and other documents. In: Gledhill, J., Bender, B. and Larsen, M. (eds.) State and Society: the Emergence and Development of Social Hierarchy and Political Centralization. Series: One World Archaeology.. Thomson Publishing Services (on behalf of Taylor and Francis Books UK), pp. 215-236. ISBN 0044450230

Driscoll, S.T. (1988) The relationship between history and archaeology : artefacts, documents and power. In: Driscoll, S.T. and Nieke, M.R. (eds.) Power and politics in early medieval Britain and Ireland. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 162-187. ISBN 0852245203

Edited Books

Driscoll, S., Geddes, J. and Hall, M.A., (Eds.) (2011) Pictish Progress: New Studies on Northern Britain in the Early Middle Ages. Series: Northern world. Brill: Leiden. ISBN 9789004187597

Dalglish, C., and Driscoll, S.T. (2010) International Journal of Historical Archaeology 14(3). Springer.

Conference Proceedings

Forsyth, K., and Driscoll, S. (2008) Symbols of power in Ireland and Scotland 8th-10th century. In: Symposium Internacional Poder y Simbología en Europa, siglos VIII-X, Oviedo, Spain, 22-27 September 2008,

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