School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Patrick Gleeson

Lecturer in Archaeology


Following a BA in Archaeology and History at University College Cork (2005-8), and an MA in Medieval Archaeology at the University of York (2008-9), I returned to to Cork for my PhD (2009-13), which examined Landscapes of Kingship in Early Medieval Ireland, AD 400-1150, and was funded by the Irish Research Council and a UCC W.J. Leen scholarship. Subsequently, I was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Moore Institute and Department of Archaeology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where I was engaged in research for a project entitled Making Kingdoms and Creating Communities in Early Medieval Europe: Rulership and Governance in the Irish Sea region. I took up my current post as a lecturer in archaeology at Newcastle in September 2015. I currently am a member of the Gefrin Trust, and a Council Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology.


I am a landscape archaeologist interested in the later prehistoric and medieval archaeology of Europe. My research focus on the early medieval archaeology in northwestern Europe, and examines a variety of themes, including royal landscapes, sacral and cultic landscapes, the archaeology of rulership, governance and kingdoms.  I have a number of ongoing fieldwork projects in Ireland, western and northern Britain, including work at the Rock of Cashel, Knockainy, Dunseverick and Dunamase. Alongside these activities, I established The Óenach Project: examining early Irish assembly places and practices in 2012 (nearing publication), and am engaged in my Making Kingdoms and Creating Communities Project, which examines early medieval practices of rulership and governance through case studies of kingdoms in the Irish Sea region. I am interested in supervising graduate students on all aspects of later prehistoric and medieval European archaeology, but have particular interests in landscape, the archaeology of cult, kingship and kingdoms in first-millennium AD Europe.


I am module leader for the following course: Stage 2 , ARA2012: Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice and ARA2080 The Archaeology of Medieval Europe, Stage 3 ARA 3013 Early Medieval Northern Europe, and MA level ARA 8113 Early Medieval Northern Europe and ARA 8234 Landscape Archaeology: Theory and Practice.  I also deliver part of the Stage 1 module ARA1030: The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century, and a section on landscapes in ARA 1027 Introduction to Archaeology.