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Society and the Dead: Geospatial and Statistical analysis of complex cemeteries in early medieval Ireland

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In recent decades a huge up-surge in large-scale excavations throughout Ireland has engendered major new discoveries, foremost of which are a series of complex sites defined by large cemeteries and associated activities of the early medieval period (AD 400-1150). While research into this new phenomenon has debated terminology, advanced our understanding of burial rites, conversion and Christianisation, as well as the relationship between places of burial, settlement and assembly, there have been little holistic analysis of this new data. In particular, complex sites often lack detailed chronologies, and there has been little critical consideration of phasing, spatial development, relationships at an inter- and intra-site level, as well as the social function of places of the dead from a landscape perspective. This PhD studentship will address these issues by examining new cemetery sites through statistical analysis and applying novel G.I.S. methods to their spatial and temporal development. In particular, this research will examine how gender, status, kinship, commemorative strategies and the social function of the dead within the mortuary arena, can be illuminated.

The project will be supervised by Dr Patrick Gleeson, School of the Natural and Built Environment and further details can be obtained through him.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a degree (minimum 2.1) and postgraduate qualification in archaeology or a cognate discipline. A background or experience gained in commercial sector using geo-spatial or statistical techniques is desirable but not essential.

Funding Notes

The successful candidate will be funded through a DfE studentship (including (2018-19 rate) a stipend of £14,777 and Home/EU fees), the candidate must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years (with no restrictions). EU residents may be eligible for studentship covering fees-only.

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