Research students

Archaeology at Glasgow has an active postgraduate community, carrying out research on a wide range of topics from the Mesolithic to the present day and from Northern Scandinavia to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Use the table below to find more information about our research students and their projects. There are useful links to various resources and information on the right, and we also have information on a wide range of funding opportunities. You can also see our recently awarded PhDs, and the programme of our weekly seminars.

Postgraduate Community

Morgana McCabe, current PhD student, talks about the postgraduate community

The postgraduates in Archaeology at Glasgow enjoy one of the university’s most supportive, collaborative and friendly communities on campus. Intellectually, it’s a very generous group, with lots of opportunities on offer to MLitt and PhD students to get involved in existing projects or start new ones together, whether in the field or the classroom, or through conferences and publications. The best example of this is our own publication Love Archaeology Magazine, where there are ample chances for authors, researchers, editors, photographers and creative types to get involved.

"I was initially drawn to archaeology at Glasgow because of the targeted research themes the Department specialises in – in my case Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology. What inspired me to stay on for a PhD after completing my MLitt was the amazing community of postgraduates and staff. Relocating 3,000 miles away from your home and family is a daunting task, unless you have intellectual and social support". Jen, Pennsylvania, USA. 

Terence Christian, current PhD student, talks about the postgraduate community

Close engagement in our intellectual endeavours wouldn’t be the same without the social life which accompanies it. The group is very active socially, celebrating holidays from various nations in addition to plenty of evenings out (and in) and trips throughout the year. One of the highlights is definitely the annual trip to the TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) conference, at which Glasgow is always well-represented by staff and students. Of course it's an academic event, but more than anything it's great fun with great friends.

Archaeology current Research Students



Barnes, Jamie

Of Warriors and Beasts: Viking Age interactions between the Kingdoms of Strathclyde and Northumbria

Bokute, Aurime

Arran and the Anthropocene: the value of a deep time perspective on landscape for new envrionmental futures

Calvert, Marnie

The biographical journey of Langdale axes

Clifford, Kathleen

Roman military vici in Scotland

Conaghan, Mark

Analysing the impact and effect of German air raids over Glasgow in WWII

Davis, Tom

Animals in Viking Paganism

Erskine, Neil

Movement, Routines, and Religiosity in the Ancient Near East

Hay, Michelle

Development of a novel ancient pathogen DNA protocol to aid in identifying and understanding the impact of vector-borne diseases in relation to Viking movements and migrations circa 800-1000 AD

Innes, Marta

Scottish bronze age food vessel corpus - a contextual re-evaluation

Johnson, Catherine

Text, Style, and Form in the Construction of Personal Identity in Britain and Ireland, c.500 to 1100 AD

Jolicoeur, Patrick

Cultural Contacts and Exchange in the Arctic: AD700-1500

Kasten, Megan

The Govan Stones: A Digital Corpus of the Early Medieval Sculpture

Loges, Luise

Cultural commodities during politics crises

Morrison, Andrew

Viking and Norse tools and craftworking

Neil, Rebecca

How did the Gupta Dynasty expand and control their empire through diplomatic strategy?

Oliver, Mar

Data integration for North Atlantic human ecodynamics

Perruchini, Elsa

Consuming Identities in the ‘Cradle of Civilizations’ – Food Consumption and the Emergence of Social Complexity in Greater Mesopotamia 

Sorotou, Aphrodite

Integrated Landscape Approaches: The Role of Archaeology in Landscape Methodologies and Policies in Greece

Telford, Denise

Mainland Scotland in the Early Neolithic: Rewriting Unspoken Narratives and Invisible Characters into Early Prehistory

Vaquero, Pablo

Data integration for North Atlantic human ecodynamics research

Wallace, Ross

Leaving your mark in History. The masons marks of castles and
defended houses of Scotland.

Watson, Andrew

A phenomenological study of the Cotswold-Seven megalithic long barrows

Past PhDs in Archaeology

Angela Massafra, Hybridisation of an imperial encounter: Egypt and the Wadi Gaza in the Late Bronze Age.  Awarded November 2018.

Alice Blackwell, A reassessment of the Anglo-Saxon artefacts from Scotland: material interactions and identities in early medieval northern Britain.  Awarded June 2018.

Helen Green, Renewable energy and the historic environment: an analysis of policy and practice. Awarded June 2018.

Ian McElroy, Ruins, reuse and appropriation: rethinking temple-church conversion in the Eastern Mediterranean, A.D. 300-800. Awarded November 2017.

Frederick Hay, Explaining historical conflict, with illustrations from 'emergent' Scottish Jacobitism. Awarded November 2017.

Anouk Busset, Early medieval carved stones from Ireland, Scotland and Scandinavia : A comparative study through place, movement, memory and identity.  Awarded November 2017.

Morgana McCabe, The difference of Being in the early modern world: a relational-material approach to life in Scotland in the period of the witch trials. Awarded February 2017.

Francesca Chelazzi, Landscape strategies in Bronze Age Southwestern Cyprus (2500-1100 B.C.). Awarded Nov 2016.

Kevin Grant, ‘Mo Rùn am Fearann’ – ‘My Love is the Land’: Gaelic landscapes of the 18th and 19th centuries. Awarded Nov 2016.

Rebecca Younger, De-henging the henge: a biographical approach to Scotland's henge monuments. Awarded June 2015.

André Schürger, The archaeology of the Battle of Lützen: an examination of 17th century military material culture.  Awarded Nov 2015.

Vasiliki Ivrou, Maritime Trade between the southern Aegean and Italy in the late bronze age. Awarded December 2014.

Donald Adamson, Commercialisation, Change and Continuity: An Archaeological Study of Rural Commercial Practice in the Scottish Highlands. Awarded December 2014.

Amanda Charland, Unravelling the Walls of God's War: An Archaeological Approach to the Holy Lands' Fatimid, Ayyubid and Frankish City Walls from 1099-1291. Awarded December 2014.

Terence Christian, Phased Aviation Archaeology Research [PAAR]: Development and Application of a Standardised Methodology to Second World War Aircraft Sites in Scotland. Awarded December 2014.

Tom Horne, The Most Praiseworthy Journey: Scandinavian Market Networks in the Viking Age. Awarded December 2014.

Ryan McNutt, Finding Forgotten Fields: A Theoretical and Methodological Framework for Historic Landscape Reconstruction and Predictive Modelling of Battlefield Locations in Scotland, 1296-1650. Awarded December 2014.

Owen O'Leary, A Model for Recovery: Predicting the Location of Human Remains on WWII Bomber and Cargo Aircraft Crash Sites. Awarded June 2014.

Martha Steedman, Beyond text: Latin inscriptions as material culture in Roman Sardinia (237BC-AD300).  Awarded June 2014.

Jennifer Novotny, Sedition at the Supper Table: The Material Culture of the Jacobite Wars, 1688-1760. Awarded November 2013.

Carmen Cuenca-Garcia, The Interface of Geophysical and Geochemical Survey in Archaeological Prospection. Awarded November 2013.

Alexander Carnes, From Longhouse to Stone Rows: The Competitive Assertion of Ancestral Affinities. Awarded June 2013.

Natasha Ferguson, An Assessment of the Positive Contribution and Negative Impact of Hobbyist Metal Detecting to Sites of Conflict in the UK. Awarded June 2013.

David Lightbody, The Hybridising Tree of Life: A Postcolonial Archaeology of the Cypriot Iron Age City Kingdoms. Awarded June 2013.

Jeremy Hayne, Culture Contact and Exchange in Iron Age Sardinia. Awarded June 2013.

Courtney Buchanan, Viking Artefacts from Southern Scotland and Northern England: Cultural Contacts, Interactions and Identities in Peripheral Areas of Viking Settlement. Awarded June 2012.

A. Dene Wright, The Archaeology of Variation: A Case Study of Repetition, Difference and Becoming in the Mesolithic of West Central Scotland. Awarded June 2012.

Alexander Carnes, From longhouse to stone rows: The competitive assertion of ancestral affinities. Awarded June 2012.

Daniel Sahlén, Ceramic Technology and Technological Traditions: The Manufacture of Metalworking Ceramics in Late Prehistoric Scotland. Awarded November 2011.

Anthony Russell, In the Middle of the Corrupting Sea: Cultural Encounters in Sicily and Sardinia between 1450 – 900 BC. Awarded June 2011.

Elizabeth Pierce, Identity at the Far Edge of the Earth: An Examination of Cultural Identity Manifested in the Material Culture of the North Atlantic, c. 1150-1450. Awarded June 2011.

Adrian Maldonado, Christianity and Burial in Late Iron Age Scotland, AD 400-650. Awarded June 2011.

Louisa Campbell, A Study in Culture Contact: The Distribution, Function and Social Meanings of Roman Pottery from Non-Roman Contexts in Southern Scotland. Awarded June 2011.

Erin Lee McGuire, Manifestations of identity in burial: evidence from Viking-Age graves in the North Atlantic diaspora (2010)

Mhairi Claire Semple, An Archaeology of Scotland's Early Romananesque Churches: The Towers of Alba. Awarded November 2009.

Syed Ali Aqdus, The Application of Airborne Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology: a Comparative Study. Awarded June 2009.

Kirsty Millican, Contextualising the Cropmark Record: The Timber Monuments of the Neolithic of Scotland. Awarded June 2009.

Martin Goldberg, Divinities and Ritual Sites of Rivers in Northern England and Southern Scotland. Awarded May 2009.

Sarah Thomas, From Rome to 'the Ends of the Habitable World': The Provision of Clergy and Church Buildings in the Hebrides, circa 1266 to circa 1472.  Awarded April 2009.

Heather James, Medieval Rural Settlement: A Study of Mid-Argyll, Scotland. Awarded November 2009

Kirsten Bedigan, Boeotian Kabeiric Ware: The Significance of the Ceramic Offerings at the Theban Kabeirion in Boeotia. Awarded October 2008.

Oliver O'Grady, The Setting and Practice of Open-air Judicial Assemblies in Medieval Scotland: A Multidisciplinary Study.  Awarded November 2008.

Juha Martilla, The Scandinavian Settlement of Northern Shetland: North Mavine, Yell, Unst and Fetlar. Awarded November 2008.

Steven Timoney, Presenting Archaeological Sites to the Public in Scotland.  Awarded November 2008.

Marie Martin, Dwelling Among Ruins: Landscapes in the Late 8th Century BC Argolic Plain, Greece. Awarded June 2008.

Sarah Janes, The Cypro-geometric Horizon, a View from below: Identity and Social Change in the Mortuary Record. Awarded May 2008.

For more, select PhD dissertations going back to 1986 are now available online through the Glasgow Theses Service of the University of Glasgow Library.