PhD/MA Research

INSTAR EMAP funds are being used to support one PhD scholar and one MA Scholar; both candidates being professional archaeologists with considerable field experience in early medieval archaeology. Both scholars are ‘bought out’ for periods of time from CRDS and Archer heritage Ltd to progress their postgraduate studies.

INSTAR funding has also been used to leverage further scholarships and funding for students associated with EMAP. Several UCD School of Archaeology PhD scholars have also explicitly stated in recent successful IRCHSS funding applications that would be linked with the INSTAR Early Medieval Archaeology Project and its P.I. Dr. Aidan O’Sullivan. In summer 2010, Lorcan Harney and Jonathan Kinsella were both awarded prestigious IRCHSS Post-graduate scholarships to pursue PhDs in UCD School of Archaeology on the subjects, respectively, of Living with God: Archaeologies of the sacred and profane in Ireland (L. Harney) and Early medieval social change in Ireland: a study of the kingdom of Brega. Mr Kinsella subsequently decided to decline the scholarship, while Lorcan Harney left the employment of EMAP to commence his PhD in September 2010.

PhD scholars in UCD School of Archaeology that have exploited EMAP data or are otherwise formally linked with the project include (all supervised by Dr. Aidan O’Sullivan, EMAP P.I.):

Some recent MA theses that particularly used EMAP data included:

EMAP’s policy is that all its online reports, bibliographies and databases can be used PhD and MA in Archaeology students in UCD School of Archaeology (and elsewhere in Britain and North America) as the basis for their own original scholarly studies. EMAP would strongly encourage any postgraduate students anywhere in the world to use EMAP’s reports, bibliographies and data reports in their studies – all available at

All PhD, MLitt and MA/MSc students studying early medieval Ireland in any University/Third Level institution are welcome to contact EMAP for any help or assistance we can provide.