Overview

I currently hold a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship at the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture entitled "Breaking the Mould: A cross-cultural analysis of the character of bronze smiths and craft diversity in late Bronze Age Europe (1300-800 BC)." This project uses a variety of methods to assess the social context and character of bronze artefact production and using three case studies from Ireland, Central Europe and the central Balkans. Find out more here>>


Researching the technology of Bronze Age metalwork

During the later Bronze Age, the use of metalwork increases exponentially and it becomes established as a fundamental resource for the functioning of European societies, underwriting economics, warfare, a host of crafts, and religious practices. My project explores the social context of crafting and using metals.

3D recording and analysis of prehistoric artefacts

Recent developments in photogrammetry are combined with 3D laser-scanning to document bronze artefacts from Europe. These high-resolution three dimensional models provide a new method and digital environment for analysing traces of past craft and the practicalities of using prehistoric tools and weapons. 

Malice in Wonderland? War & Society in Prehistory

My on-going work on the study of the management of conflict and violence in prehistory includes several new papers in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the European Journal of Archaeology, Hesperia and several new books focussing on warfare and society in the human past. Check out my publications page for more.  


News

3D analysis of use-wear
24. 11. 2016 Our new paper on the uses of 3D modelling for the analysis and presentation of use-wear on Bronze Age metalwork has just been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science
My new book on interaction in the Aegean and Balkans
2016This collection of papers exploring scales and modes of interaction in the prehistoric Aegean and south Balkans has just been published as part of the Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology series series.
New: warfare in the Bronze Age
20. 10. 2016My new paper on the emergence of complex warfare in Ireland during the Bronze Age is soon to be published in the European Journal of Archaeology
Excavation at Gradiste Idjos in Banat, northern Serbia
01. 10. 2016 Next summer I will be joining colleagues from Belgrade and Kikinda once again to study the site and environment of the Bronze Age fortification and Neolithic tell at Gradiste Idjos. We will also be running our fieldschool again this year so do get in touch if you want to join us!
Priniatikos Pyrgos Study Season
20. 09. 2016 We completed our sixth study season in June and July 2015 at Priniatikos Pyrgos in Crete generously supported by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory.