Queen's University Belfast: Archaeology and Palaeoecology

InstitutionQueen's University Belfast View institution profile
Department School of Natural and Built Environment
Web http://www.qub.ac.uk
Email askeps@qub.ac.uk
Study type Research

Summary

The research undertaken within Archaeology & Palaeoecology largely falls under two interdisciplinary Research Clusters; Environmental Change & Resilience (ECR) for more environmentally-related projects, and Culture & Society (C&S) for more humanities-related Archaeology projects.

Projects involving Palaeoecology or Scientific Archaeology focus on themes such as long-term changes and resilience in ecosystems, humans, environments and climate, using approaches such as pollen analysis, tephra dating, dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating. Much of our research spans several disciplines – for example projects on the hydrogeology and restoration of bogs.

Research in the C&S cluster explores the material manifestations of culture through time and space. We combine innovative scientific methods with theoretically-informed analyses to understand past human experience, bringing together the humanities and the sciences.

The combination of environmental archaeology, and especially bio-archaeology, with more traditional approaches to the past, helps to differentiate Queen's from most other Archaeology departments and is seen as both a strength and stimulus to future developments. Thematically, we have identified eight areas of particular specialist interest and especially welcome applications from potential PhD students interested in these areas though projects are not limited to these themes:

Development of agriculture and the cultural landscape in Europe, Eurasia and its associated economic, chronological and environmental backdrop Organisation of domestic and ritual space (including landscapes) from prehistory through the post-medieval period in the North Atlantic region Populations and palaeodiet from Ireland to Eurasia Refinement of chronologies from selected regions of the world, using the facilities of the 14CHRONO labs Religion, society and material culture in the central and western Mediterranean Settlement and economy of medieval and post-medieval Ireland; connections with the New World Social and bio-archaeological approaches to death, involving the study of mortuary data from Ireland across Eurasia The causes, timing and impacts of past climate change

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Queen's University Belfast

 

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Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, one of three Queen's Colleges in Ireland, it became an independent university in 1908 and is the ninth oldest university in the UK. Today, Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

Queen’s is ranked 8th in the UK for Research Intensity with over 75% of its research assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in REF 2014.

Building on its disciplinary excellence, the University has created four new flagship Global Research Institutes which bring leading academics together …

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