Professor Ian Ralston

Postgraduate Students

Ian Ralston

Former research students (first or second supervisor) with whom I am still in touch include:

Kenneth AITCHISON was awarded his PhD (2011) for his in-depth review of archaeological employment in the UK in the period since c. 1990, a component of the wider studies of archaeological employment at UK and European levels for which he has become well-known. Having worked for the institute for Field Archaeology and the Institute of Conservation, he currently directs his own Sheffield-based consultancy. His doctorate was published as Breaking new ground: how archaeology works as a Kindle edition in 2012.

Derek ALEXANDER Aspects of the later prehistoric and protohistoric settlement of west central Scotland. M Phil 2003. Derek Alexander, well-known for his publications on Renfrewshire archaeology in particular, was employed by the Centre for Field Archaeology in Edinburgh University and is now principal archaeologist with the National Trust for Scotland.

Gordon J. BARCLAY Ph D 2002. Dr Gordon Barclay submitted a portfolio of his publications on the Scottish Neolithic for his doctorate. Having been an Inspector of Ancient Monuments, he held a senior managerial position within Historic Scotland until his recent retirement to allow him to focus on his research interests in the archaeology of the Second World War in Scotland. If Hitler comes was published by Birlinn in 2013.

Emma R. CARVER The visibility of imported wine and its associated accoutrements in later Iron Age Britain. M Phil 2000. Emma’s thesis was published as BAR Brit Ser 325 in 2001. She was Head of Interpretation at English Heritage and thereafter was Assistant Director of the National Army Museum, before becoming Public Engagement Director of the Royal Armouries in 2014.

Ruby CERON-CARRASCO ‘De iasg agus dhaione’. A study of the utlilization of marine resources as recovered from selected Hebridean archaeological sites. PhD 2002. Ruby has continued to work at postdoctoral level on fish remains and her thesis was published as BAR Brit Ser 400 in 2005. She is now employed by Historic Environment Scotland.

Ciara CLARKE Fungal spores as palaeoenvironmental indicators of anthropogenic activity. Ph D 1995. Dr Clarke worked for the Centre for Field Archaeology at Edinburgh University and now occupies a senior position with the applied company, AOC Archaeology, in Loanhead, Midlothian.

Murray COOK completed his PhD by publication in 2015 under the title ‘A contribution to the later prehistoric and early medieval settlement record of Scotland south of the Great Glen, with a specific focus on Strathdon, Aberdeenshire’. Well-known for his fieldwork on Scottish hill-forts under the aegis of Rampart Scotland, he is currently Archaeology Officer, planning Services, with Stirling Council.

Samantha DENNIS Having been awarded (2008) her doctorate for her thesis on The use of experimental archaeology to examine and interpret Pre-Pottery Neolithic architecture: a case study of Beidha in southern Jordan, Sam now lives and works in Shetland.

Dawn GOONEY completed her thesis on a remarkable Orcadian Iron Age site under the primary supervision of Kath MacSweeney. She was awarded her PhD for ‘Life and Death in Iron Age Orkney: An osteoarchaeological examination of the human skeletal remains from the burial ground at Knowe of Skea, Westray’ in 2015.

Andrew W. HOAEN The use of palynofacies analysis in archaeopalynology. Ph D 2000. Andy has worked for Glasgow University and the Open University notably in SW Scotland and has also undertaken fieldwork, more particularly in the Matterdale area of Cumbria. He now lectures at the University of Worcester.

Mark W. HOLLEY The artificial islets of the central inner Hebrides. Ph D 1998. Mark’s PhD was published as BAR British Series 303 in 2000; he continues to be involved in underwater archaeology in his native Michigan, where he also teaches the subject in the College system.

Jane KENNEY The beginnings of agriculture in Britain: a critical assessment. Ph D 1993. After a period as a surveyor with RCHME, Jane Kenney has been working as a freelance excavator in Britain and overseas.

Sara KHORASANI completed her PhD in the Institute of Geography in 2013. It is entitled: ‘Footsteps on the Edge of Thule: An Archaeoentomological Approach’ and was undertaken with Dr Eva Panagiotakopolou as primary supervisor. Sara now works in environmental education with Earthcalling in Edinburgh.

Orlene MCILFATRICK was awarded her PhD in 2013 for a thesis on northern Scottish later prehistoric ceramics entitled ‘The Transitory vessel: aspects of the ceramic record of the Iron Age in North and West Scotland’.  Since that time she has developed a specialism in Iron Age pottery in Anatolia, including employing pXRF and has held post-doctoral Fellowships, for example at the British institute in Ankara.

Dawn McLAREN's doctoral thesis (2011), co-supervised by Dr David Clarke (NMS), was entitled Funerary rites afforded to children in the Earlier Bronze Age of Britain: case studies from Scotland, Yorkshire and Wessex. After some years working for National Museums Scotland she is now employed by the applied company, AOC Archaeology, in Loanhead, Midlothian.

Erin OSBORNE-MARTIN completed her M Phil thesis in 2014 with the title ‘Some aspects of regional variation among larger enclosed sites in the later La Tène of France: an archaeological and proto-historical approach’ and is Managing Editor of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

R. Celeste RAY Defining and managing a historic landscape: an interpretative approach to Scotland’s battlefields. MSc CRM 1991. Dr Ray completed her PhD at UNC Chapel Hill and is now employed in the Department of Anthropology at Sewanee, the University of the South, Tennessee, where she is Professor of Anthropology. She has published widely on the Scottish diaspora in the southern United States amongst other topics. Her most recent book is The Origins of Ireland’s Holy Wells (2014).

Tanja ROMANKIEWICZ is a conservation architect who obtained her doctorate on the domestic architecture of the Scottish Iron Age (for which I acted as external supervisor) from the Technical University in Berlin in late 2010. It has been published by British Archaeological Reports as The Complex Roundhouses of the Scottish Iron Age: An architectural analysis of complex Atlantic roundhouses (brochs and galleried duns), with reference to wheelhouses and timber roundhouses (British Archaeol Rep 550 2011). After working in Leith for Addyman Archaeology, a division of Simpson and Brown, conservation architects, she joined the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Edinburgh as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.

Kirsty A. SABINE (Aberdeen M Litt) Kirsty Sabine’s MLitt thesis was on the hut-circle groups of Highland Scotland. Before her untimely death, she ran a small archaeological contracting business in Aberdeenshire.

Emily STAMMITTI gained her PhD in 2015 for a thesis entitled ‘A cross-cultural analysis of the policy, application and effect of legislation concerning archaeological sites in reservoirs, and implications for future reservoir works and site monitoring’.  She currently works for Trent & Peak Archaeology as a Project Officer.

Adrian TAMS Soil micromorphology of archaeological deposits with particular reference to floor surfaces on settlement sites in the Western Isles, Scotland. Ph D 2003. Adrian went on to a post-doctoral position in Soil Science at Nottingham University.

Jennifer E THOMS Aspects of economy and environment of north west Lewis in the first millennium AD: the non-marine faunal evidence from Bostadh and Beirgh considered within the framework of north Atlantic Scotland. Ph D 2004. Jennifer has taught in the UHI Millennium Institute network, worked for the applied company, AOC Archaeology, and now carries out freelance zooarchaeological work, and authoring archaeological reports. She is currently a part-time Research Assistant at Edinburgh University, as well as working for Archaeology Scotland.

Graeme WARREN Towards a social archaeology of the Mesolithic in eastern Scotland; landscape, contexts and experience. Ph D 2001. Graeme is now a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at University College Dublin, and has published volumes on the Mesolithic and the transition to farming.

Geoff WATERS completed his M Phil (2013) on 'The Drystone Chapels of Islay: aspects of chronology, context and distribution' after a career as an engineer and in management with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent. He is active in the archaeology of Argyll, and for many years has organized Archaeology Scotland’s Summer Field Schools.

Jane WEBSTER The identification of ritual in the later Iron Age, with specific reference to selected themes in protohistoric Gaul and Britain. Ph D 1991. Jane, who teaches at Newcastle University, is now Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology and Head of Archaeology there. She has published widely on Celtic religion, slavery and historical archaeology topics.

Shelly WERNER followed her M Phil (2002) on Later Prehistoric Settlement in eastern Scotland north of the Tay; a GIS-based analysis, in 2008 with her Ph D, within the Institute of Geography, entitled An assessment for the case of shared traditions in the North Channel Region. After working for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland she joined CFA Archaeology Ltd, where she specializes in GIS and graphics services.