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Department of Archaeology



2014 - 2020 PhD in Archaeology (University of Cambridge)

2012 - 2013 MA Cognition and Culture (Institute for Cognition and Culture, QUB)

2010 - 2011 MSc Archaeology and Environment (School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, QUB)

2006 - 2010 BSc (Hons) Archaeology - Paelaeoecology (School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, QUB)


My PhD focused on the agricultural terraces of the Maltese Archipelago, utilising geoarchaeological methods to characterise the ecological function of terraces at different scalar levels. By studying individual fields, my work enabled the observation of how terraces function environmentally and socially. Developing this further, my research now explores the application of these methods to the coffee industry - a contemporary industry based upon traditional agriculutral methods in developing countries.

Aside from the central themes of my PhD research, I specialise in terrestrial LiDAR (3D Laser Scanning), Structure from Motion (Photogrammetry), GIS and Archaeological Prospection (Resistivity, Magnetometry and Ground Penetrating Radar).


Key publications: 

Bennett, J., 2020. The intensification of the agricultural landscape of the Maltese Archipelago. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Hunt, C. O., Farrell, M., Fenech, K., French, C., McLaughlin, R., Blaauw, M., Bennett, J., et al. (2020). Chronology and stratigraphy of the valley systems. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Temple landscapes Fragility, change and resilience of Holocene environments in the Maltese Islands.

Barratt, R., Bennett, J. and Malone, C. 2014. Photogrammetric recording – new approaches to reconstructing archaeological features at the site of Taċ-Ċawla, Gozo. PAST 78: 14-16.

Stoddart, S., Barone, P., Bennett, J., Ceccarelli, L., Cifani, G., Clackson, J. Ferrara, F., della Giovampaola, I., Fulminante, F., Licence, T., Malone, C., Matacchioni, L., Mullen, A., Nomi, F., Pettinelli, E., Redhouse, D. and Whitehead, N. 2012. Opening the frontier: the Gubbio – Perugia frontier in the course of history. Papers of the British School at Rome 80: 257-294

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Job Titles

PhD Candidate in Archaeology
Consultant Coffee Geoscientist

General Info

Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Archaeological Theory
Field Methods
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies


Person keywords: 
Agricultural Terracing
Landscape Cognition
The Mediterranean
Island studies
Laser Scanning
Archaeological Science
Science, Technology and Innovation
Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Iron Age
Other Late Prehistory