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.

Find more information below 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

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. 

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



Antler Finkelstein, Chen

Meaningful Places: Intertwined Identity and Environment in Archaic Rome

Bain, David

The Early Medieval Stone Sculpture of Strathclyde 

Bekesi, Anna

Past in present soils: Leveraging development-led archaeological data to generate insights into urban soil development and soil health

Bertoli, Anna

The fibre revolution in Bronze Age northern Italy: investigating textile economies in transition from plant fibres to wool

Bexultanova, Gayana

The archaeology and ecology of nutritional and medicinal plants from pre-agrarian contexts: distribution, functional traits and biochemical properties 

Bibi, Bushra

Exploring the Relationship Between Plant Textile Production, Palaeolithic Needles, and Textile Production Techniques

Bockute, Aurime

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

Burns, Paul

The Neolithic Arran

Carlton, Elizabeth

'When the Battle's Lost & Won': Comparing how conflict is presented in military and non-military museums in the UK

Carver, Caroline

Identity and Material Culture: Female Militants at the turn of the 20th Century in the British Isles

Collotto, Lucia

The long trail of incense: the ancient and contemporary culture of aromatics in Saudi Arabia

Craig, Orla

The Archaeological, Landscape and Historical Context of the Galloway Hoard

Elliott-Minty, Celia

A Taxonomy of Braids: An Explanation for Archaeologists (and others)

Farrell, Alexandra

Using visuality and decoration of insular art in the Viking Age, ca. 800 – 1100 AD

Ingham, Hayley

Exploring the potential of local archaeological research frameworks in Scotland using Edderton, Highlands as a case study.

Juckette, Cole

Exploring Gabii’s Urban Planning and Settlement Through “Cyber” Archaeology and Virtual Reality

Killoran, Lucy

Automation in the practice of archaeological survey

Littlewood, Isobel

Reconstructing biographical and paleoenvironmental data from human dental calculus in Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene populations

Loges, Luise

Cultural commodities during politics crises

Loudon, Nysa

The Ecology, Materials, and Aesthetics of Unusual Fibres

Magyaricsová, Bernadeta

Going once…, going twice…: Object itineraries at auctions

McCoy, Holley

The archaeology, history and heritage of Scotland's seaweed industry

McCreadie, Scott

Christianising Empty Lands

McLean, Hannah 

Memory and materiality in British-colonial detention camps in Kenya

Miller, Stephen

Out of the Darkness: Scotland's first enlightenment

Morris, Gala

Into the Wild: Archaeology, Rewilding, and the Historic Environment

Nabati Mazloumi, Yasaman

Local voices and the authorised heritage discourse

Neill, Rebecca

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

Ottonello, Luca

How could interactive storytelling be implemented in VR to allow freedom of choice and emotion driven experience in archaeology? A programmed VR case study based on the town of Palmyra.

Parker-Banks, Alexandria

Understanding memory theatres in a digital world: investigating narratives and ideologies through the digitisation of the Auld Alliance

Prew, George

The Archaeology of fashion in the Central Italic Iron Age

Robertson, Elizabeth

(Re)Creating sound and place at Glencoe: Performing Immersive Audio in Landscapes

Scott, Robert

Pot psychology: a reassessment of time in archaeological practice, analysis and display

Stewart, Edward

Repopulating the Braes

Stone, Emma

The Use and Transportation of Amber in the Egyptian New Kingdom: Connecting International Late Bronze Age Trade and Cultural Identities

Turley, Ailbhe

Pot Psychology: A Reassessment of Time in Archaeological Practice, Analysis and Display

Van Lit, Meike

Past spoils, present toils: An interdisciplinary research on the effect of past human activity on present soil health based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Wallace, Jennifer

An interdisciplinary study of the Dupplin Cross

Wink, Sarah

Tracking social change through the changing use of and movement through city-space in Cyprus


Past PhDs in Archaeology

Kathleen Clifford, Action-packed and purpose-driven: the functions, patterns, and relationships of extramural areas associated with Roman forts in Northern Britain (2023)

Rachel Barrowman, Loyalty, ‘localness’ and local identity in the archaeological record, with reference to work in the Isle of Lewis. (2022)

Andrew Watson, Through the lenses of others – a phenomenological study of West Kennet Long Barrow and The Long Barrow, All Cannings. (2022)

Neil Erskine, Folds, fields, and fauna: A Deleuzo-Guattarian approach to the socialising power of religious experiences in Ancient Near Eastern landscapes. Awarded December 2020.

Marta Innes, Scottish Bronze Age food vessel corpus: a new materialist re-evaluation. Awarded July 2020.

Catherine Johnson, A comparative study of portable inscribed objects from Britain and Ireland, c. 400-1100 AD. Awarded 2020.

Elsa Perruchini, TO BE CONSUMED WITHOUT MODERATION : A trans-disciplinary approach to drinking, senses and belongingness in Late Bronze Age Mesopotamia through the analysis of ancient organic residues. Awarded July 2020

Patrick Jolicoeur, Cultural Contacts and Exchange in the Arctic: AD700-1500. Awarded November 2019.

Jamie Barnes, Of warriors and beasts: the hogbacks and hammerhead crosses of Viking Age Strathclyde and Northumbria Awarded November 2019.

Megan Kasten, The Govan stones revealed: digital imaging in the analysis of early medieval sculpture. Awarded June 2019.

Denise Telford, Transition trauma: a case-study of coping with becoming Neolithic. Awarded June 2019.

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.