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Dr Jessica Smyth


Jessica Smyth

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Archaeology
+353 1 716 8304
University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I have been Lecturer in the UCD School of Archaeology since August 2016, the institution where I first graduated in Archaeology and Italian. My research career to date has been spread between Ireland and the UK and across the university and heritage sectors. Following postgraduate research, I worked for the Heritage Council (2007-2009) editing the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Research Framework, before returning to UCD as an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2010). In 2011, I relocated to the UK with a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development, based within the Organic Geochemistry Unit at the University of Bristol. This funded a two-year programme of organic residue analysis of Irish Neolithic pottery. In 2013, I joined the ‘Times of Their Lives’ project team (ERC Advanced Grant 2011-2016) at Cardiff University, which aimed to construct more precise chronologies for the European Neolithic through problem-oriented archaeological analysis and Bayesian statistical modelling. In 2014, I returned to the University of Bristol to join ‘NeoMilk’ (ERC Advanced Grant 2013-2018), a project that explored the introduction and spread of cattle-based agriculture by the earliest farming groups in central Europe. I am currently Principal Investigator on 'Passage Tomb People' (IRC Laureate Consolidator Grant 2018-2022), investigating the social drivers of passage tomb construction in the 4th and 3rd millennia BC.


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • Cert of CPD Univ Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University of Sheffield
  • PhD
    University College Dublin