Dr Adrian Maldonado
- Affiliate (Archaeology)
My main research is on mortuary practice and religious conversion, particularly through the archaeology of the late Iron Age, early monasticism and medieval Christianity. My doctoral research, entitled Christianity and Burial in Late Iron Age Scotland, AD 400-650 was the first full-length treatment of burial practices in first millennium AD Scotland. I am particularly interested in the way myth and memory become sedimented on the landscape over time, for instance through my work on the afterlife of the Roman Antonine Wall. My current research concerns the phenomenon of monasticism in northern Britain and the way rituals of belief emerges both from scripture and existing ideas of the sacred in any given locality.
I also have a growing interest in more contemporary matters, and blog about the archaeology in/of/as pop culture at almostarchaeology.com. These have led to speaking engagements and increasingly, published material; for instance, I have spoken on the archaeology of video games at the National Museum of Scotland and was commissioned to write a Digital Review on archaeology news reporting online for Advances in Archaeological Practice.
My current post as Project Support Officer mainly involves facilitating the outputs for SERF, the major research project in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow over the last decade. As the fieldwork stage has now concluded, this mainly involves managing the remaining post-excavation strategy, consolidating the archive, maintaining progress on a series of monographs led by various team members and contributing to research articles.
Alongside my Project Support Officer role I am also Research Asociate for the Glasgow Iona Research Group, a collective of scholars from across the College of Arts with various research interests centring on the island of Iona in Argyll and Bute. Along with Ewan Campbell, I have been writing up the unpublished excavations of the late Prof Charles Thomas on Iona and continue to work towards the upcoming Iona Research Strategy.
Creating Material Worlds
Developed a research group with postdoctoral colleagues to investigate theories of identity in archaeology. With generous funding from the University Chancellor's Fund, this led to a lecture series, a symposium and finally an edited volume published with Oxbow in 2016.
I teach at all levels from first-year to Masters in both Archaeology and Celtic & Gaelic. The courses I am most closely involved with include:
- The Archaeology of Scotland
- Celtic Civilisation 1a and 1b
- The Picts and the Formation of Alba
- MLitt Celtic and Viking Archaeology (core and optional modules)
I also work closely with heritage agencies including Historic Environment Scotland to carry out specialist research on properties in care, including statements of significance and contributions to the Scottish Archaeological Resource Framework. Most recently I assisted Dr Katherine Forsyth's research ahead of the redisplay of early medieval carved stone collections at Iona and Kirkmadrine.
I was Reviews Editor for Scottish Archaeological Journal 2013-2015.