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Department of Archaeology

Current Research Postgraduates

Mr Paul Murtagh

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Research Topic

The Iron Age of West Central Scotland


West central Scotland, or Strathclyde, was described as a "black hole" in the 2001 Agenda for Action in the Iron Age (Haselgrove et al 2001, 24), and as such, any research into the later prehistoric archaeology of the area will be extremely important and could greatly contribute to our understanding of life in the Iron Age of Scotland and the British Isles as a whole. By incorporating the new data available from developer funded archaeology and by specifically focusing on the architectural materiality of settlement and through the use of material culture, I will aim to move beyond traditional understandings of the Scottish Iron Age in order to explore issues to do with regionality and identity, which have become key issues in recent studies of the Iron Age.

Other information

Senior Supervisor and Iron Age Specialist on the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project

Research Groups

  • Prehistory of Eurasia Research Group