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Kieran Westley, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

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My research interests focus on the archaeology of submerged continental shelves. This has manifested itself in two different, but related, themes: 1) the role of coastlines in prehistory and 2) the archaeological potential of submerged landscapes. Common to both themes is extensive use of palaeo-environmental data alongside the archaeological evidence. My current research involves reconstructing archaeological landscapes around the north coast of Ireland and Newfoundland (Canada) that were exposed during the Holocene but have since been submerged by the postglacial rise in sea-level.


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Research Interests

Submerged landscapes - Palaeolithic/Mesolithic archaeology - sea-level change - palaeo-landscape reconstruction.



Selected Publications

Westley, K. and Dix, J. (2008) The Solutrean Atlantic Hypothesis: A view from the ocean, Journal of the North Atlantic, 1, 85-98.

Bell, T., Westley, K., Plets, R., Quinn, R., and Renouf, M.A.P. (2008) Submerged Archaeological Landscapes - From Ancient Myth to New Frontier, Journal of Ocean Technology, 3 (4), 13-20.

Quinn, R., Forsythe, W., Plets, R., Westley, K., Bell, T., McGrath, F., Benetti, S. and Robinson, R. (2008) Archaeological applications of the Joint Irish Bathymetric Survey (JIBS) data. Report prepared for the Heritage Council under the Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme.

Westley, K. (2008) Intertidal Survey of Back Harbour, North Twillingate Island. Report prepared for the Provincial Archaeology Office, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Westley, K. and Dix, J. (2006) Coastal environments and their role in prehistoric migrations, Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 1, 9-28.

Westley, K., Dix, J. and Quinn, R. (2004) A Re-assessment of the Archaeological Potential of Continental Shelves. Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund Project 3362. Report prepared for English Heritage.