School of Archaeology
One of the things I find exciting about archaeology is the diverse ways that you can participate in it. Since completing my undergraduate, I was involved in working in professional field archaeology in Ireland, continuing when possible throughout my PhD. I took part in many field projects with more specific research orientation, and on one such I had the fortune of working at the site of Keros in the Cycladic Islands of Greece. This led to my first professional appointment as a Research Associate with the director of the site, Colin Renfrew, at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge, immediately after completing my PhD in 2006.
In 2007 I began a collaboration with Barbara Hayden excavating the site of Priniatikos Pyrgos in East Crete, which was to continue until 2010. After the 2007 field seasons at both projects, I was appointed to an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the UCD School of Archaeology until 2009, looking at Irish Bronze Age weaponry and warfare. I had the good fortune to continue contributing lectures and being involved in research there until 2011, while also undertaking a research fellowship at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
In 2011 I was presented with the enviable choice of taking a two-year Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Sheffield or a three-year CARA fellowship between Sheffield and UCD Dublin, though chose the former opportunity. Hot on the completion of this, I was invited to be a visiting lecturer at the Masaryk University of Brno, completing a very busy 2013.
Since then, I had a quiet 2014, followed by a very busy 2015 lecturing in UCD and initiating a new excavation at the Neolithic to Bronze Age site of Gradiste Idjos in Serbia. Following this, I took up a second Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship at UCD School of Archaeology looking at regional diversity in Bronze Age smithing crafts in Europe.
I never liked to define myself narrowly within the field, and have active research interests across Europe, from the Atlantic coasts to the vibrant riverine networks of the Balkan peninsula or the beautiful island of Crete.