Joseph Gaynor

Postgraduate Research Student


Joseph was awarded a BA in Archaeology from University College Dublin. Joseph then recieved a MA in Archaeology from the University of Liverpool. 

Outside of his studies, Joseph has worked on two archaeological sites; Knossos (Crete) and Pistiros (Bulgaria). He also acted as secretary for the organising committee of the SACE PGR Seminar Series, and has worked part-time as a HLC School Support Technician since 2016. Joey currently works as part of the HLC research team.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Ritual Specialism in Early Bronze Age Crete: A Landscape Approach"

Joseph's PhD thesis explores the potentials of using landscape archaeology as a methodological tool to detect craft and ritual specialism in the mortuary contexts of south-central Crete during the Early Bronze Age.

The research examines the development and use of tholos tombs, an innovative form of burial monument largely unique to this region, which emerged at the beginning of this period, and appear to have facilitated all known burial and ritual community activity. Building on established research, this project integrates architectural energetics and 3-D modelling with multi-sensory archaeology and methods from landscape archaeology to better understand how tholos cemeteries were built, modified and used in ritual activity.