Dr Stephen Harrison

Visiting Research Fellow




Born and brought up in Dublin, my BA in History and English from Trinity College Dublin (completed 1993) included an archaeology-rich Erasmus year at the University of Aarhus, Denmark (1991-2). Following an MA in Archaeology at University College Cork (1995), I (finally!) completed a PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2008.

I have worked on archaeological excavations ranging from the Mesolithic to the Early Modern periods in Ireland, the UK and Norway. I have also worked on a number of research projects in both the public and private sectors, notably the 'Irish Viking Graves Project' (based at the National Museum of Ireland, the 'Woodstown 6 Supplementary Research Project' (for ACS Ltd), and the 'Irish Battlefields Project' (for Eneclann). I have also taught full time at the University of Wales, Bangor (2002), on two separate occasions at University College Dublin (2002-3 & 2005-6), and have also taught part time at Trinity College Dublin (2004-5) and NUI Maynooth (2007).

I have been an Irish delegate to the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth Viking Congresses, sit on the Council of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, and am a committee member of the Friends of Medieval Dublin.

I presently (2009-2011) hold a two-year IRCHSS postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, where I am working on a project entitled 'Viking Graves? Death, Burial and Identity in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland'.

When not working, I spend most of my time racing dinghies in Dublin Bay.


Early Medieval and Viking-Age Britain and Ireland; Viking Graves; Early Medieval Weapons (particularly shields); Viking Age Dublin; longphuirt; and the 'contested past' in nineteenth-century Ireland.

Published work


(with Dr. Michael Brown) The Medieval World and the Modern Mind (Dublin, Four Courts, 2000)


‘Bride Street Revisited: A Re-evaluation of a Tenth Century Burial at Dublin’ in S. Duffy (ed.) Medieval Dublin 10 (Dublin, Four Courts, 2010), pp 126-52

‘The Suffolk Street Sword: Further Notes on the College Green Cemetery’ in J. Sheehan & D. Ó Corráin (eds), The Viking Age: Ireland and the West - Proceedings of the XVth Viking Congress (Dublin, Four Courts, 2010), pp 136-44

‘Separated from the Foaming Maelstrom: Landscapes of Insular ‘Viking’ Burial’, in S. Semple & H. Williams (eds), Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 14 (2008), pp 173-82

‘College Green – A Neglected ‘Viking’ Cemetery at Dublin’, in A. Mortensen & S.V. Arge (eds) Viking and Norse in the North Atlantic: Select Papers from the Proceedings of the Fourteenth Viking Congress, Tórshavn, 19-30 July 2001: Annales Societatis Scientiarum Færoensis Supplementum 44 (Tórshavn, Føroya Fornminnissavn, 2005), pp 329-339

‘Viking Graves and Grave-Goods in Ireland’, in A.C. Larsen (ed.) The Vikings in Ireland (Roskilde, The Viking Ship Museum, 2001), pp 61-75

‘Re-fighting the Battle of Down: Orpen, MacNeill and the Irish Nation-State’, in M. Brown & S. Harrison (eds) The Medieval World and the Modern Mind (Dublin, Four Courts, 2000), pp 171 – 82

‘The Millhill Burial in Context. Artefact, Culture and Chronology in the ‘Viking West’’, in S. Stumman Hansen & K. Randsborg (eds) Vikings in the West: Acta Archaeologica 71 Acta Archaeologica Supplementa II (2000), pp 65 – 78

In Press

‘Warrior Graves? The Weapon Burial Rite in Viking-Age Britain and Ireland’ in J.H. Barrett and S.-J. Gibbons (eds), Maritime Societies of the Viking and Medieval World (Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer, 2011?)

‘Beyond longphuirt? Life and Death in Early Viking Age Ireland’, in D. Hadley & L. Ten Harkel (eds), Everyday Life in Viking Towns: Social Approaches to Towns in England and Ireland c.800-1100 (Oxford, Oxbow, 2011?)

In J. Eogan (ed.), The Archaeology of the N25 Waterford Bypass (Dublin, National Roads Authority, 2011?)

(With I. Russell) ‘Woodstown Site 6: Hiberno-Norse Settlement and Grave’

‘The Viking Grave’

‘Contextualising Woodstown’


(with R. Ó Floinn) A Catalogue of Irish Viking Graves and Grave Goods (Dublin, National Museum of Ireland / Royal Irish Academy, 2011?)

Web Publications

‘Chapter 1: Academic Review’ in I.R. Russell, S.H. Harrison, J. Nicholls, J. Kinsella, S. McNamara & M O’Hare, Woodstown Supplementary Research Project (2007), pp 3 –47 (also Report Editor). www.environ.ie/en/Publications/Heritage/NationalMonuments