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Eileen Murphy

QUB

Eileen Murphy is Professor of Archaeology in the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, where she has worked since 2000. She specialises in the study of prehistoric Eurasian populations, most notably the Scythian and Hunno-Sarmatian populations from Aymyrlyg, South Siberia, and Irish human skeletal populations of all periods. She has led the osteoarchaeological components of several major research projects on populations from Medieval Ireland, including the Ballyhanna Research Project and the Ranelagh Osteoarchaeology Project for Transport Infrastructure Ireland. She has particular interest in atypical burial practices and the archaeology of childhood, which converge in her research on cillíní (children’s burial grounds). She has published extensively (10 books and edited volumes; 100+ journal articles/major chapters published), is the editor of the international journal Childhood in the Past and is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Archaeology. She is a founding member of the Belfast Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) at QUB, one of four directors of the Centre for Community Archaeology at QUB and she

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