Dr Stephen Harrison

  • Lecturer (Archaeology)

telephone: +44 141 330 4021
email: Stephen.Harrison@glasgow.ac.uk

Gregory Building,, Lilybank Gardens,, University of Glasgow,, Glasgow G12 8QQ.

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4528-3588

Biography

Born and raised in Dublin, I hold a BA and PhD from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and an MA from the National University of Ireland (University College Cork). I also spent a year as an ERASMUS student at Aarhus University, Denmark. In a diverse career, I have spent extended periods lecturing at universities in Dublin and Bangor, and shorter periods at Maynooth, Cardiff and Beijing. I have also worked for the National Museum of Ireland, and on two Irish government funded research projects - the Irish Viking Graves Project and the Irish Battlefields Project. The latter project resulted in Viking Graves and Grave-Goods in Ireland (2015), co-authored with R. O Floinn, the publication of which I am most proud.

When not working, I enjoy sailing on the Firth of Clyde and farther afield.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the archaeology of Early Viking Age Ireland and Britain.

  • Viking Graves and Burial Rites
  • Viking Weapons (particularly shield bosses and spearheads)
  • Viking Fortifications (Longphuirt)
  • Viking Women
  • Urbanisation, particularly the relationship between York and Dublin

I use interdisciplinary approaches to study Viking Age and Medieval Ireland

  • History and Archaeology of Viking Age and Medieval Dublin
  • The Battle of Clontarf (1014) - Landscapes and Seascapes
  • Anglo-Norman Rural Settlement in Eastern Ireland

I am also interested in the nineteenth-century antiquarian tradition in Ireland.

  • The contested past - nationalism, unionism and historical writing in 19th and early 20th century Ireland

I have a developing interest in metal-detection and archaeology

  • Metal-detection legislation and its impact on our understanding of the (Viking-Age) archaeological record

In addition, I am developing research on the Viking Graves of Scotland

Publications

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Number of items: 22.

2020

Harrison, S. (2020) Alexandra Sanmark, Viking Law and Order: Places of Ritual and Assembly in the Medieval North. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 42(1), pp. 128-130. (doi: 10.3366/saj.2020.0130)[Book Review]

Harrison, S. (2020) David Griffiths, Jane Harrison and Michael Athanson, Beside the Ocean: Coastal Landscapes at the Bay of Skaill, Marwick and Birsay Bay, Orkney: Archaeological Research 2003–2018. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 42(1), pp. 126-128. (doi: 10.3366/saj.2020.0129)[Book Review]

2018

Harrison, S. H. (2018) F. Beglane (ed.), Gatherings: Past and Present. Proceedings from the 2013 Archaeology of Gatherings International Conference at IT Sligo, Ireland. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 40(1), pp. 117-118. (doi: 10.3366/saj.2018.0097)[Book Review]

2017

Harrison, S. (2017) The Vikings in Ireland and beyond: new research and new directions? Studia Hibernica, 43, pp. 127-136. (doi: 10.3828/sh.2017.6)

2015

Harrison, S. H. (2015) 'Warrior graves'? The weapon burial rite in Viking Age Britain and Ireland. In: Barrett, J. H. and Gibbon, S. J. (eds.) Maritime Societies of the Viking and Medieval World. Series: Society for Medieval Archaeology monograph (37). Maney Publishing: Leeds, UK, pp. 299-319. ISBN 9781909662797

Harrison, S. H. and Ó Floinn, R. (2015) Viking Graves and Grave-Goods in Ireland. Series: Medieval Dublin Excavations 1962-81. Series B, 11. National Museum of Ireland: Dublin. ISBN 9780901777997

2014

Carroll, J. , Harrison, S. and Williams, G. (2014) The Vikings in Britain and Ireland. British Museum: London. ISBN 9780714128313

Harrison, S. (2014) Discussion of the Viking burial. In: Russell, I., Hurley, M. F. and Eogan, J. (eds.) Woodstown: a Viking-Age Settlement in Co. Waterford. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 90-102. ISBN 9781846825361

Harrison, S. (2014) Historical background. In: Russell, I., Hurley, M. F. and Eogan, J. (eds.) Woodstown: a Viking-Age Settlement in Co. Waterford. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 11-19. ISBN 9781846825361

Harrison, S. (2014) Weapons and grave-goods. In: Russell, I., Hurley, M. F. and Eogan, J. (eds.) Woodstown: a Viking-Age Settlement in Co. Waterford. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 155-171. ISBN 9781846825361

2013

Harrison, S. H. (2013) Beyond longphuirt? Life and death in early Viking-Age Ireland. In: Ten Harkel, L. and Hadley, D.M. (eds.) Everyday Life in Viking-Age Towns: Social Approaches to Towns in England and Ireland, c. 800-1100. Oxbow Books: Oxford, pp. 61-72. ISBN 9781842175323

Harrison, S. H. (2013) The Viking Impact. In: Jebb, M. (ed.) Secrets of the Irish Landscape: the Story of the Irish Landscape is the Story of Ireland. Cork University Press: Cork, pp. 147-151. ISBN 9781782050100

2011

Harrison, S.H. and Russell, I. (2011) Woodstown 6 - Viking Age enclosed settlement and grave. In: Eogan, J. and Shee Twohig, E. (eds.) Cois tSúire - Nine Thousand Years of Human Activity in the Lower Suir Valley. National Roads Authority: Dublin, pp. 52-72. ISBN 9780956418036

2010

Harrison, S. H. (2010) Bride Street revisited -Viking burial in Dublin and beyond. In: Duffy, S. (ed.) Medieval Dublin. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 126-152. ISBN 9781846822216

Harrison, S. H. (2010) The Suffolk street sword: further notes on the College green cemetery. In: Sheehan, J. and Ó Corráin, D. (eds.) The Viking Age: Ireland and the West: Proceedings of the XVth Viking Congress, Cork, 2005. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 136-144. ISBN 9781846821011

2008

Harrison, S.H. (2008) Appendix 1: shield boss from Fishamble Street. In: Halpin, A. (ed.) Weapons and Warfare in Viking and Medieval Dublin. Series: Medieval Dublin Excavations 1962-81 (B9). National Museum of Ireland: Dublin, pp. 254-255.

2007

Harrison, S. H. (2007) Separated from the foaming maelstrom: landscapes of insular 'Viking' burial. In: Semple, S. and Williams, H. (eds.) Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History: Early Medieval Mortuary Practices. Oxford University School of Archaeology: Oxford, pp. 61-72. ISBN 9780947816155

2005

Harrison, S.H. (2005) College green - a neglected 'Viking' cemetery at Dublin. In: Mortensen, A. and Arge, S.V. (eds.) Viking and Norse in the North Atlantic: Select Papers from the Proceedings of the Fourteenth Viking Congress, Tórshavn, 19-30 July 2001. Føroya Fornminnisavn: Tórshavn, pp. 329-339.

2001

Harrison, S. (2001) Viking graves and grave-goods in Ireland. In: Larsen, A.C. (ed.) The Vikings in Ireland. Viking Ship Museum: Roskilde, pp. 61-75.

2000

Harrison, S. H. (2000) The Millhill burial in context. Artefact, culture and chronology in the 'Viking West'. Acta Archaeologica, 71(1), pp. 65-78. (doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0390.2000.d01-6.x)

Brown, M. and Harrison, S. H. eds. (2000) The Medieval World and the Modern Mind. Four Courts Press: Dublin. ISBN 9781851825394

Harrison, S. H. (2000) Re-fighting the Battle of Down: Orpen, MacNeill and the Irish nation-state. In: Brown, M. and Harrison, S. H. (eds.) The Medieval World and the Modern Mind. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 171-182. ISBN 9781851825394

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Number of items: 22.

Articles

Harrison, S. (2017) The Vikings in Ireland and beyond: new research and new directions? Studia Hibernica, 43, pp. 127-136. (doi: 10.3828/sh.2017.6)

Harrison, S. H. (2000) The Millhill burial in context. Artefact, culture and chronology in the 'Viking West'. Acta Archaeologica, 71(1), pp. 65-78. (doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0390.2000.d01-6.x)

Books

Harrison, S. H. and Ó Floinn, R. (2015) Viking Graves and Grave-Goods in Ireland. Series: Medieval Dublin Excavations 1962-81. Series B, 11. National Museum of Ireland: Dublin. ISBN 9780901777997

Carroll, J. , Harrison, S. and Williams, G. (2014) The Vikings in Britain and Ireland. British Museum: London. ISBN 9780714128313

Brown, M. and Harrison, S. H. eds. (2000) The Medieval World and the Modern Mind. Four Courts Press: Dublin. ISBN 9781851825394

Book Sections

Harrison, S. H. (2015) 'Warrior graves'? The weapon burial rite in Viking Age Britain and Ireland. In: Barrett, J. H. and Gibbon, S. J. (eds.) Maritime Societies of the Viking and Medieval World. Series: Society for Medieval Archaeology monograph (37). Maney Publishing: Leeds, UK, pp. 299-319. ISBN 9781909662797

Harrison, S. (2014) Discussion of the Viking burial. In: Russell, I., Hurley, M. F. and Eogan, J. (eds.) Woodstown: a Viking-Age Settlement in Co. Waterford. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 90-102. ISBN 9781846825361

Harrison, S. (2014) Historical background. In: Russell, I., Hurley, M. F. and Eogan, J. (eds.) Woodstown: a Viking-Age Settlement in Co. Waterford. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 11-19. ISBN 9781846825361

Harrison, S. (2014) Weapons and grave-goods. In: Russell, I., Hurley, M. F. and Eogan, J. (eds.) Woodstown: a Viking-Age Settlement in Co. Waterford. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 155-171. ISBN 9781846825361

Harrison, S. H. (2013) Beyond longphuirt? Life and death in early Viking-Age Ireland. In: Ten Harkel, L. and Hadley, D.M. (eds.) Everyday Life in Viking-Age Towns: Social Approaches to Towns in England and Ireland, c. 800-1100. Oxbow Books: Oxford, pp. 61-72. ISBN 9781842175323

Harrison, S. H. (2013) The Viking Impact. In: Jebb, M. (ed.) Secrets of the Irish Landscape: the Story of the Irish Landscape is the Story of Ireland. Cork University Press: Cork, pp. 147-151. ISBN 9781782050100

Harrison, S.H. and Russell, I. (2011) Woodstown 6 - Viking Age enclosed settlement and grave. In: Eogan, J. and Shee Twohig, E. (eds.) Cois tSúire - Nine Thousand Years of Human Activity in the Lower Suir Valley. National Roads Authority: Dublin, pp. 52-72. ISBN 9780956418036

Harrison, S. H. (2010) Bride Street revisited -Viking burial in Dublin and beyond. In: Duffy, S. (ed.) Medieval Dublin. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 126-152. ISBN 9781846822216

Harrison, S. H. (2010) The Suffolk street sword: further notes on the College green cemetery. In: Sheehan, J. and Ó Corráin, D. (eds.) The Viking Age: Ireland and the West: Proceedings of the XVth Viking Congress, Cork, 2005. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 136-144. ISBN 9781846821011

Harrison, S.H. (2008) Appendix 1: shield boss from Fishamble Street. In: Halpin, A. (ed.) Weapons and Warfare in Viking and Medieval Dublin. Series: Medieval Dublin Excavations 1962-81 (B9). National Museum of Ireland: Dublin, pp. 254-255.

Harrison, S. H. (2007) Separated from the foaming maelstrom: landscapes of insular 'Viking' burial. In: Semple, S. and Williams, H. (eds.) Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History: Early Medieval Mortuary Practices. Oxford University School of Archaeology: Oxford, pp. 61-72. ISBN 9780947816155

Harrison, S.H. (2005) College green - a neglected 'Viking' cemetery at Dublin. In: Mortensen, A. and Arge, S.V. (eds.) Viking and Norse in the North Atlantic: Select Papers from the Proceedings of the Fourteenth Viking Congress, Tórshavn, 19-30 July 2001. Føroya Fornminnisavn: Tórshavn, pp. 329-339.

Harrison, S. (2001) Viking graves and grave-goods in Ireland. In: Larsen, A.C. (ed.) The Vikings in Ireland. Viking Ship Museum: Roskilde, pp. 61-75.

Harrison, S. H. (2000) Re-fighting the Battle of Down: Orpen, MacNeill and the Irish nation-state. In: Brown, M. and Harrison, S. H. (eds.) The Medieval World and the Modern Mind. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 171-182. ISBN 9781851825394

Book Reviews

Harrison, S. (2020) Alexandra Sanmark, Viking Law and Order: Places of Ritual and Assembly in the Medieval North. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 42(1), pp. 128-130. (doi: 10.3366/saj.2020.0130)[Book Review]

Harrison, S. (2020) David Griffiths, Jane Harrison and Michael Athanson, Beside the Ocean: Coastal Landscapes at the Bay of Skaill, Marwick and Birsay Bay, Orkney: Archaeological Research 2003–2018. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 42(1), pp. 126-128. (doi: 10.3366/saj.2020.0129)[Book Review]

Harrison, S. H. (2018) F. Beglane (ed.), Gatherings: Past and Present. Proceedings from the 2013 Archaeology of Gatherings International Conference at IT Sligo, Ireland. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 40(1), pp. 117-118. (doi: 10.3366/saj.2018.0097)[Book Review]

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Grants

The Archaeological, Landscape and Historical Context of the Galloway Hoard. PhD Project, co-funded by Historic Environment Scotland and the University of Glasgow, with the support of the National Museums of Scotland (2019-22)

 

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship (School of Archaeology, University College Dublin) 2009-2011

 

Supervision

I am happy to supervise undergraduate and MLitt disserations on a range of topics, including aspects of Viking-Age Ireland and Britain, Anglo-Norman Ireland, and Public Archaeology.

I will also consider applications from PhD students working on Viking Age topics, particularly those focusing on Ireland and / or Britain.

At present (2020), I am Lead Supervisor to

Orla Craig - The Landscape Context of the Galloway Hoard

Scott McCreadie - Conversion and Christianity in Viking Age Scotland

Andrew Morrison - Viking-Age Smithing

And Second Supervisor to 

Sarah Wink - Ritual Movement Patterns and Social Change in Cyprus

Teaching

Postgraduate Courses

In most academic years, I convene one postgraduate course (module)

  • ARCH 5046 - Viking and Late Norse Artefacts

I also contribute to a number of other postgraduate courses (modules) in Archaeology, Celtic and Gaelic and History. When the occasion arises, I convene a course on Viking Britain and Ireland, and make substantial contributions to another, on Scottish Castles.

 

Undergraduate Courses


[NB: Subject to College Regulations and Timetabling Restrictions, Honours Courses are usually open to visiting ERASMAS / JYA Students at the appropriate level]


In the coming academic year (2020-21), I am convening two undergraduate honours courses:

  • ARCH 4062 Public Archaeology
  • ARCH 4014 Settlement and Society in Scandinavian Scotland

and will make substantial contributions to

  • HIST 4013 Medieval Ireland 800-1100

In most years, I also contribute to other courses, notably:

  • ARCH 2011 Archaeology in Theory and Practice

In some other years, I convene an honours course on Viking Movements.

Additional information

Academic Societies

Council Member, Glasgow Archaeological Society (2017-Present)

Council Member, Society for Medieval Archaeology (2014-2017). Continuing Member.

Council Member, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (2010-2013) Continuing Member.

Member, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

 

Government-Funded Projects

Senior Researcher, Irish Battlefields Project (2008)

Researcher and Senior Researcher, Irish Viking Graves Project, National Museum of Ireland (2005, 1999-2001)