Archaeology Post-graduate research


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At IT Sligo we have a vibrant research ethos. Here you will find details about our previous and current postgraduates.

We are open to applications for Research Masters and PhD students. If you are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies feel free to contact an appropriate member of academic staff for an informal discussion. Details of the formal application procedure, fees etc are available from the Research Office.




Completed PhDs

Rita Mhig Fhionnghaile The Application of Geometric Morphometrics to Zooarchaeological Specimens. Supervised by Dr Fiona Beglane. 2019
Thorsten Kahlert The application of GIS, predictive modelling, and morphological analysis to further understand cave use in Neolithic Ireland. Supervised by Dr Marion Dowd. 2016
Sheila Tierney  Genetic analysis of archaeological human remains from Ballyhanna cemetery Co Donegal. Supervised by Dr Jerry Bird. 2012
Tasneem Bashir Multielemental analysis of archeological human bone. Supervised by Dr Ted McGowan 2012


Completed MScs


Johanna Callaghan Stone beads from Irish passage tombs: exploring gender, personhood and social language in the Neolithic. Supervised by Dr Marion Dowd. 2019
Sinead Middleton  The Characterisation and Classification of Archaeological Glass Samples using Multi-Elemental Analysis. Supervised by Dr Fiona Beglane and Dr Carmel Moran 2015
Steven Dixon Nazi deception and fear management. Supervised by Chris Read. 2013
Frank Johnston The vallum in Early Medieval ecclesiastical sites. Supervised by Dr Marion Dowd. 2013

Ongoing Postgraduate research


Stefanie White
Protecting and promoting archaeological sites: Best practice for sustainable tourism along the Wild Atlantic Way. Supervised by Dr Fiona Beglane, Dr Conor McTiernan (LyIT) and Sam Moore
Ciaran Davis Exploring County Sligo’s War of Independence: A Contemporary Archaeology ApproachSupervised by Dr Marion Dowd
Lisa Moloney  The provenancing of prehistoric amber using attenuated total reflection-Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). Supervised by Dr Marion Dowd and Maria Keeney
Mícheál Ó Cearbhalláin Multi-elemental analysis of soil samples from a Medieval site in County Roscommon. Supervised by Chris Read and Dr Carmel Moran
Stuart Rathbone The construction, survival and historical context of the Signal Defensible Guard Houses in Connacht. Supervised by Dr James Bonsall
Suzanne Zajac Indigenous and imported pottery in Ireland 500BC to AD1200. Supervised by Dr Fiona Beglane

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