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Department of Archaeology



2014 -          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 research focuses on the agricultural terraces of the Maltese Archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. Specifically, my work utilises geoarchaeological methods to characterise the ecological function of terraces at different scalar levels. By studying individual fields, my work allows the observation of how terraces affect the environment along hill-slopes, within different geological regions. Therefore, this methodology promotes a renewed understanding of how terraces function in terms of environmental management and agricultural intensification. Crucially, my research will also serve to connect this understanding with the social implications of agricultural landscapes. Through this, a new holistic overview of agricultural terracing can be used inform our understanding of the past, manage extant practices and also develop new terracing regimes.

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).

  • Prehistory
  • Agriculture
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • GIS
  • Geophysics (Magnetometry, Resistivity, Ground Penetrating Radar))
  • Topographical Survey
  • Terrestrial LiDAR/Laser Scanning
  • Structure from Motion (SfM)/Photogrammetry


Key publications: 

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: 

Supervised by:

Dr Simon Stoddart

Advised by:

Prof Charly French

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Available for consultancy


Person keywords: 
Cognition and Culture
Agricultural Intensification
Agricultural Terraces
Landscape Cognition
Laser Scanning
Ground Penetrating Radar
The Mediterranean
Island studies