Dr Stephen Harrison

Visiting Research Fellow

Qualifications

BA, MA, PhD

Overview

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.

Research

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

Editor

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

Author

‘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’

Forthcoming

(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