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Department of Archaeology


Dr Ronan O'Donnell

Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41119
Room number: 302

(email at r.p.o'


My research focuses on landscape archaeology of the medieval to modern periods with a particular focus on post-medieval and modern landscapes, and on North-East England. I hold a BSc and PhD in Archaeology from Durham University and an MA in English Local History from University of Leicester, thus my expertise bridges Archaeology and History.

My PhD (completed 2014) applied Actor-Network Theory (ANT) to the examination of enclosure during the 18th and 19th centuries in Northumberland, UK. This revealed the complexity of the interplay between global and local actors within enclosure and its associated landscape changes.

Research Interests

  • Non-Representational Theories
  • 20th century archaeology
  • Medieval and post-medieval archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • The use of historical methods and sources within archaeological research
  • The relationship between landscape, society and land tenure
  • Agricultural history


Authored book

Journal Article