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Jessica Smyth

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School of Archaeology


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University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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I obtained my BA in Archaeology and Italian from UCD in 2000, and my MA in Landscape Archaeology from Sheffield University in 2003, funded by an AHRB scholarship. As an IRCHSS scholar I returned to UCD to undertake PhD research on Neolithic settlement in Ireland, graduating in 2007. From 2007 to 2009 I worked for the Heritage Council compiling and editing the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Research Framework, before returning once more 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 (IEF). This was based within the Organic Geochemistry Unit, in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, and funded a two-year project undertaking an extensive programme of organic residue analysis of Irish Neolithic pottery. From Bristol I moved to Cardiff, where I was lead postdoctoral research associate with the ERC-funded The Times of Their Lives project, within the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. ToTL aimed to construct more precise chronologies for the European Neolithic, exploring the timings and the duration of key events and phenomena through problem-oriented archaeological analysis with Bayesian statistical modelling. In September 2014, I returned to the OGU at the University of Bristol to join NeoMilk, a five-year ERC-funded project that explores the introduction and spread of cattle-based agriculture by the earliest farming groups in central Europe, recognised archaeologically as the LBK or Linearbandkeramik culture.In August 2016, I took up my current post in the UCD School of Archaeology.


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