Culture, Heritage & Design


This theme represents research principally undertaken in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and captures work in the field of cultural studies relating to building and landscape design, visualization and conservation studies.

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  • ‌PI: Dr Elizabeth Shotton
  • Funding: Irish Research Council

The harbour structures along Ireland's coastline represent a significant infrastructural system whose early development and later modifications document the evolving nature of building traditions and engineering technologies. There are a considerable number of structures that due to their small size have been overlooked by engineers, historians, conservationists and archaeologists.

This pilot study will examine a sample of 6 minor harbours identified on Ireland's east coast, chosen for the variation in their geomorphological conditions and diversity of form, to establish an appropriate protocol for recording these structures through the use of LiDAR, which will underpin a preliminary analysis of the evolution in harbour technology in Ireland.

The Ancient Methone Archaeological Project is a multi-disciplinary investigation of the ancient city of Methone in Pieria, Greece. It dates back to the Neolithic period (4000 BC) and was a major geo-political hub of the Greek world until it was razed by Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, in 354 B.C.

The settlement is distinguished by having the earliest surviving agora in the Greek world. Today, just as in antiquity, Methone stands at the shore of the Thermaic Gulf and nearby the mouth of the River Haliakmon.