About the team.

Professor Andrew Wilson

Andrew S. Wilson, PhD, MCIfA, FHEA is Chair in Forensic & Archaeological Sciences in the School of Archaeological & Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford. He is an Archaeologist and Heritage Scientist, with wide-ranging research interests in Digital Heritage, Conservation, Human Bioarchaeology, Taphonomy and Forensic Archaeology. He Co-Directs Visualising Heritage, which has developed wide-ranging capabilities in 3D digital capture and innovative methods of dissemination. He has published widely and led major Digital Heritage projects including: Digitised Diseases (Jisc), Fragmented Heritage/ Curious Travellers (AHRC Digital Transformations Theme Large Grant) and Augmenting Jordanian Heritage (AHRC-GCRF). 

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Professor Christopher Gaffney

Chris Gaffney is a British archaeological geophysicist and currently Head of the School of Archaeological and Forensics Sciences at the University of Bradford. 

Chris Gaffney’s research interests are based on understanding how geophysical data can aide archaeology in the understanding of the life and culture of ancient peoples. In pursuing these research goals he has pursued research in challenging environments where technical excellence and novel methodological approaches can lead to enhanced interpretation of the past.

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Dr Katharina Becker

Katharina Becker is a lecturer in Archaeology in University College Cork. Her research focuses on the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age of Ireland. She has published on topics such as the Irish Royal Sites, Iron Age settlement in Ireland, social and cultural identity in Iron Age Ireland and Bronze Age metalwork. She is currently in the final stages of bringing the excavations of Rathgall hillfort conducted by the late Barry Raftery to publication. Her engagement with the site has led to the development of a number of further projects on Bronze Age ritual and technology.

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Dr Michelle Comber

Michelle Comber teaches in the department of Archaeology in NUI, Galway. Her research interests lie mainly in the archaeology of Ireland from approximately the 5th to the 16th century AD, especially the fine metalwork, economy and settlement forms. She has over 25 years of excavation experience, and is currently directing a project examining the settlement landscape of the Burren, Co. Clare in the first millennium AD. As part of this, she directs the international Caherconnell Archaeology Field School.

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Dr Stefan Bergh

Stefan Bergh lectures in archaeology at the National University of Ireland, Galway and is Programme Director of the MA in Landscape Archaeology.

His main interest is focused on the ritual and secular aspects of upland landscapes in the Neolithic and Bronze Age.

His research has over the years involved extensive surveys and excavations of various upland landscapes in mainly the west of Ireland. . Current research projects involve the clustered upland prehistoric ‘settlements’ of Mullaghfarna (Co. Sligo) and Turlough Hill (Co. Clare). He is the author of Landscape of the Monuments.

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Dr Carleton Jones

Carleton Jones is a lecturer in prehistoric archaeology at NUI Galway. Dr. Jones’s research is primarily concerned with investigating the organization and dynamics of prehistoric societies in Ireland with a focus on the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Bronze Age periods. To that end, he has over many years conducted surveys and excavations on the Burren in western Ireland which were supported in part by the Heritage Council and the Royal Irish Academy. In addition to prehistoric social organization, Dr. Jones has also published on megalithic monuments, the archaeology of karst landscapes, and climate change in the past, as well as contributing to studies focused on isotopic evidence, ancient DNA, and human – environment interactions.

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Dr James O’Driscoll

James is currently a Research Fellow working on the Comparative Kingship project at the University of Aberdeen, which is investigating the development of kingdoms in 1st millennium AD Britain and Ireland. He has a particular interest in the phenomenon of enclosure, GIS, ground and aerial remote-sensing and landscape archaeology, and is actively working on a number of projects ranging from the Early Neolithic enclosures of Ireland to the later prehistoric and early medieval hillforts in Atlantic Europe.

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Tom Sparrow

Tom is a Senior Scientist in Visualising Heritage, based in the School of Archaeological & Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford. Tom has worked at the University for over ten years, initially funded on an IFA bursary, but since, has worked on a broad range of projects from surveying latrines in Tanzania for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project, to using UAVs to capture the fossil bearing landscapes of Turkana Basin, Kenya with Louise Leakey, and mapping the temples and squares of Kathmandu damaged during the 2015 earthquake.

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