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Department of Archaeology



My archaeological career began on weekend walks with my Dad in the Wicklow mountains, where the enigmatic remains of megalithic tombs and standing stones dot the landscape. My formal engagement with the subject began at University College Dublin, with a BA (2013) and an MA in Prehistoric Archaeology (2014), supervised by Prof. Gabriel Cooney. I learned as much through discussions of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and others in the debating chamber of the L&H (Literary and Historical Society), which pushed me to study identities I found largely lacking from texts about prehistoric Ireland.

In 2016, I came to Cambridge to pursue a PhD at Jesus College under the supervision of Prof. Marie Louise Stig Sørensen. I currently work with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit on excavations of the prehistoric landscape at Over and the Bronze Age settlement at Must Farm alongside teaching duties in the Department and at the Institute for Continuing Education. 


Archaeology is a discipline with the power to engage with people – both past and present. My research is oriented towards lived experience and social dynamics in the past – I am interested in understanding how people related to each other and how they understood their place in the world. Through this, archaeology becomes relevant to the present – telling stories of the past allows us to reflect on who we are today.


My research began by engaging with burials – the most obvious place to find the people of the past. My PhD thesis explored the representation of gender and age in the grave in Bronze Age Ireland and Scotland. I focused on local, small-scale actions, weaving them together to tell bigger stories. Since then, my research has expanded to domestic lives and the activities which occupied living bodies. My excavations have encompassed various sites in the UK, Hungary and Ireland. 


Key publications: 

Haughton, M. 2021. Seeing Children in Prehistory: a view from Bronze Age Ireland. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 31(2). 

Haughton, M., Sørensen, M.L.S. and Bender Jørgensen, L. 2021. Bronze Age Woollen Textile Production in England: technology and socio-economic significance. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society.

Haughton, M. and Kay, D.K., (eds) 2019. Beyond the Human – Applying posthumanist thinking to archaeology. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 34.2. Cambridge: McDonald Institute. 

Kay, D.K. and Haughton, M., 2019. Weird Relations: a prolegomenon to posthumanism and its archaeological manifestations. In Haughton, M. and Kay, D.K., (eds) 2019. Beyond the Human – Applying posthumanist thinking to archaeology.Archaeological Review from Cambridge 34.2. Cambridge: McDonald Institute, 6–25.

Haughton, M., 2018. Reply to Comments: Returning to the Local. Norwegian Archaeological Review, 50(1-2), 91–4 

Haughton, M., 2018. Social Relations and the Local: Revisiting Our Approaches to Finding Gender and Age in Prehistory. A Case Study from Bronze Age Scotland. Norwegian Archaeological Review, 50(1-2), 64–77 

Ash, A., Guglielmi, A., Haughton, M. and Ostericher, O. 2014. Introduction. Trowel, 15, ix.  

Haughton, M., 2013. Grave Robbers and Secret Keepers: Balancing the Rights of the Living and the Dead in Archaeology. Trowel, 14, 36–40.  


Teaching and Supervisions


I currently teach the Advanced Archaeological Theory module as part of A12 – Archaeological Theory and Practice II and the Undergraduate Research Skills module. I also give guest lectures on European prehistory and archaeological theory as part of various other papers.

At the Institute for Continuing Education, I teach on the Bronze Age as part of the Undergraduate Certificate on the Archaeology of Ancient Britain. 

Job Titles

Teaching Associate

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Archaeological Theory

Contact Details


Person keywords: 
Gender Archaeology, Social Archaeology, Archaeological Theory, Domestic Life, European Prehistory
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age