Katharina Becker

Lecturer
Archaeology
Connolly Building
Dyke Parade
UCC

T: 00353 (0)21 490 4021
E: katharina.becker@ucc.ie

Having studied prehistoric archaeology at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Cologne I graduated with an MA on Iron Age ringheaded pins in Ireland and Britain. I had spent a very enjoyable and formative year in UCD, studying Archaeology in second year as an exchange student and was very pleased to be able to return in 2001 to Ireland for my PhD on deposition in Bronze Age Ireland that was funded by the DAAD, the IRCHSS and a UCD Evening Degree Teaching Fellowship.

After  finishing my PhD I was employed as a research archaeologist for Margaret Gowen and Co. in Dublin, as a temporary lecturer in UCD and as a researcher in the National Museum of Ireland, working on the archives of Joseph Raftery's excavations at Lough Gara, Co. Sligo and Loughcrew, Co. Meath. I then got the opportunity to work on Barry Raftery's excavation at Rathgall and to manage the final phase of the preparation of the publication of this important Late Bronze Age site in Co. Wicklow for the UCD School of Archaeology.

In 2011 I moved to the University of Bradford where I worked with Ian Armit and Graeme Swindles of Leeds University on the 'new' Irish Iron Age, initially as a post-doc on a British Academy funded project and more recently as an AHRC Fellow. Most recently I have moved back to Ireland to lecture and research Irish later prehistory here in the Department of Archaeology in UCC.

Research Interests

My research interests span a variety of aspects of the archaeology of Later Prehistoric Ireland, including the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age. In previous and current projects I have worked on the site record of these periods ranging from settlement, industrial to burial and other ritual sites.This focused in two past projects I was involved in in particular on the datasets contained in the so-called 'grey literature' and I continue to explore elements of this record, as for example currently the later prehistoric burial record. I also have an interest in methodological issues associated with the analysis of 14C radiocarbon sets. Other research, including my PhD research dealt with the interpretation of artefact deposition. Artefact studies, particular of metalwork are an ongoing interest of mine. Besides issue of typo-chronology I have recently started to investigate Iron Age sheet metal working technology. These different strands of the archaeologcial record inform my broader research interests in to the articulation of social and cultural identities and their change.

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2013)'Iron Age Tara in context. In: M. O’Sullivan, C. Scarre and M. Doyle (eds)'
Becker, K. (2013) 'Iron Age Tara in context. In: M. O’Sullivan, C. Scarre and M. Doyle (eds)' In: Tara—from the past to the future. Towards a new research agenda. Bray: Wordwell Books. [Details]
(2012)'Redefining the Irish Iron Age'
Becker, K. (2012) 'Redefining the Irish Iron Age' In: In: Potterton, M. and Corlett C. (eds) (eds). Life and death in Iron Age Ireland. Bray: Wordwell Books. [Details]
(2012)'The parallel La Tène. Kunst der vorrömischen Eisenzeit in Irland'
Becker, K. (2012) 'The parallel La Tène. Kunst der vorrömischen Eisenzeit in Irland' In: In: Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg / Landesmuseum Württemberg /Landesamt für Denkmalpflege im Regierungs-präsidium Stuttgart (eds). Die Welt der Kelten. Zentren der Macht - Kostbarkeiten der Kunst. Ausstellungskatalog Stuttgart. Jan. Ostfildern 2012. 501-507: Thorbecke Verlag. [Details]
(2012)'Several entries'
Becker, K. (2012) 'Several entries' In: In: S. Sievers, O.H. Urban, P. Ramsl (eds) (eds). Lexikon der keltischen Archäologie. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. [Details]
(2012)'The introduction of iron working to Ireland'
Becker, K. (2012) 'The introduction of iron working to Ireland' In: In: Kern, A. and Koch, J (eds). Technologieentwicklung und – transfer in der Eisenzeit. Tagungsbericht der AG Eisenzeit, Hallstatt 2009. Langenweissenbach: Beiträge zur Ur-und Frühgeschichte Mitteleuropas. [Details]
(2011)'The Irish Iron Age: Continuity, change and identity'
Becker, K. (2011) 'The Irish Iron Age: Continuity, change and identity' In: In: Moore, T. and Armada, X. (eds) (eds). Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2010)'Relics of old decency. Archaeological studies in later prehistory'
Becker, K. (2010) 'Relics of old decency. Archaeological studies in later prehistory' In: Cooney, G., Becker, K., Coles, J., Ryan, M. and Sievers, S. (eds) (eds). Iron Age Ireland. Finding an invisible people. Bray: Wordwell Books. [Details]
(2009)'But I still haven't found what I am looking for'
Becker, K. (2009) 'But I still haven't found what I am looking for' In: Karl, R. and Leskovar, J. (eds) (eds). Interpretierte Eisenzeiten. Fallstudien, Methoden, Theorie. Tagungsbeiträge der 3. Linzer Gespräche zur interpretativen Eisenzeitarchäologie. Linz: Linz. [Details]
(2009)'Medieval metal artefacts; Metal working moulds'
Becker, K. (2009) 'Medieval metal artefacts; Metal working moulds' In: M. McQuade, B. Molloy and C. Moriarty (eds) (eds). In the shadows of the Galtees. Dublin: National Roads Authority. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2010)
Cooney, G., Becker, K., Coles, M., Ryan, M. and Sievers, S (Ed.). (2010) Relics of old decency. Archaeological studies in later prehistory. Festschrift for Barry Raftery. Bray: Wordwell books. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Rapid climate change did not cause population collapse at the end of the European Bronze Age'
Armit, I., Swindles, G.T., Becker, K., Plunkett, G., Blaauw, M. (2014) 'Rapid climate change did not cause population collapse at the end of the European Bronze Age'. Proceedings of The National Academy of Science Usa, 111 (48):17045-17049 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Token explanations - Rathgall and the interpretation of cremation eposits in later prehistoric Ireland'
Becker, K. (2014) 'Token explanations - Rathgall and the interpretation of cremation eposits in later prehistoric Ireland'. Archaeology Ireland, 28 (1.107):13-15 [Details]
(2013)'Transforming identities – New approaches to Bronze Age deposition in Ireland'
Becker, K. (2013) 'Transforming identities – New approaches to Bronze Age deposition in Ireland'. Proceedings of The Prehistoric Society, 79 :1-39 [Details]
(2013)'The dating of Late Bronze Age Dowris metalwork – a pilot study'
Becker, K. (2013) 'The dating of Late Bronze Age Dowris metalwork – a pilot study'. Journal of Irish Archaeology, XXI :7-15 [Details]
(2013)'From dates to demography in later prehistoric Ireland? Experimental approaches to the meta-analysis of large 14 C data-sets'
Armit, I., Swindles, G. and Becker, K. (2013) 'From dates to demography in later prehistoric Ireland? Experimental approaches to the meta-analysis of large 14 C data-sets'. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40 (1):433-438 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Centennial-scale climate change in Ireland during the Holocene'
Swindles, G.T.; Lawson, I.T.; Matthews, I.P.; Blaauw, M.; Daley, T.J; Charman, D.J.; Roland, T.P.; Plunkett, G.; Schettler, G.; Gearey, B.R.; Turner, E.; Rea, H.A.; Roe, H.M.; Amesbury, M.J.; Chambers, F.M.; Holmes, J; Mitchell, F.J.G.; Blackford, J.; Blundell, A.; Branch, N.; Holmes, J.; Langdon, P. ; McCarroll, J.; McDermott, F.; Oksane, P.O.; Pritchard, O.; Stastney, P.; Stefanini, B.; Young, D.; Wheeler, J.; Becker, K.; Armit, I. (2013) 'Centennial-scale climate change in Ireland during the Holocene'. Earth science reviews, 126 :1-39 [Details]
(2012)'Later prehistoric radiocarbon dates from Ireland: an audit'
Becker, K., Armit, I., Eogan, J. and Swindles, G. (2012) 'Later prehistoric radiocarbon dates from Ireland: an audit'. Journal of Irish Archaeology, XX :19-26 [Details]
(2010)'From data to knowledge – the new Irish Iron Age'
Becker, K. Armit, K., Swindles, G. (2010) 'From data to knowledge – the new Irish Iron Age'. Archaeology Ireland, 24 (3):13-13 [Details]
(2008)'Iron Age ring-headed pins in Ireland and Britain and on the Continent'
Becker, K. (2008) 'Iron Age ring-headed pins in Ireland and Britain and on the Continent'. Archaologisches Korrespondenzblatt, 38 (4):513-520 [Details]
(2007)'The Iron Age ringheaded pin from Rochfort Demesne, Co. Westmeath'
Becker, K. and Channing, J. (2007) 'The Iron Age ringheaded pin from Rochfort Demesne, Co. Westmeath'. Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 137 :41-45 [Details]
(2008)'Iron Age Ireland: Finding an invisible people'
Becker, K., Ó Néill, J. and O’Flynn, L. (2008) 'Iron Age Ireland: Finding an invisible people'. Archaeology Ireland, 22.2 (3) [Details]
(2008)'Left but not lost'
Becker, K. (2008) 'Left but not lost'. Archaeology Ireland, 22 (1):12-15 [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2008)In-situ preservation and piling-review 2006.
Becker, K. (2008) In-situ preservation and piling-review 2006. INSTAR report, Appendix I in Simpson, L. Medieval Dublin an archaeological research framework. [Details]

Field Guide

YearPublication
(2010)Rathgall, Co. Wicklow. OPW Heritage guide no. 51.
Becker, K. (2010) Rathgall, Co. Wicklow. OPW Heritage guide no. 51. Field Guide [Details]

Pamphlet

YearPublication
(2010)Rathgall, Co. Wicklow.
Becker, K. (2010) Rathgall, Co. Wicklow. Pamphlet [Details]

Unpublished Reports

YearPublication
(2007)Pilot Study on the Development of an Archaeological Excavation Archive for Dublin City.
O’Donovan, E. and Becker, K. (2007) Pilot Study on the Development of an Archaeological Excavation Archive for Dublin City. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2008)'IRON AGE IRELAND: Finding an invisible people. Report to the Heritage Council. 2008 Archaeology Grant Scheme, Project 16365.
Becker, K. Ó Néill, J. and O'Flynn, L. (2008) 'IRON AGE IRELAND: Finding an invisible people. Report to the Heritage Council. 2008 Archaeology Grant Scheme, Project 16365. Unpublished Reports Globe icon [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014Honorary Research Fellow University of Bradford
2013Early Career Fellowship AHRC
2008Research grant for: IRON AGE IRELAND: Finding an invisible people Heritage Council
2007Archaeology Research Grant for: From Bronze to Iron. Dating the transition in collaboration with Richard Warner, Ulster Museum Belfast. Royal Irish Academy
2006Travel Grant College of Arts and Celtic Studies, University College Dublin
2005Research and Teaching BA Modular Evening Degree Fellowship College of Arts and Celtic Studies, University College Dublin
2005UCD BA Evening Degree teaching Fellow UCD School of Archaeology
2004PhD Scholarship IRCHSS
2003PhD Scholarship German Academic Exchange (DAAD)
2002PhD Scholarship German Academic Exchange (DAAD)
2001PhD Scholarship German Academic Exchange (DAAD)

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Emania editorial board Member of editorial board/
Journal of Irish Archaeology Member of editorial board2014 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University of Bradford AHRC Early Career Post-Doctoral Fellow01-JAN-13 / 30-SEP-13
UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin Full-time lecturer01-OCT-07 / 31-MAY-09
UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin Academic editor and manager of the Rathgall publication project01-MAY-10 / 30-NOV-10
University of Bradford Post-doctoral researcher01-DEC-10 / 30-NOV-11
National Museum of Ireland, Dublin Research archaeologist01-OCT-09 / 31-MAR-10
UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin Academic editor and manager of the Rathgall publication project01-JUN-12 / 31-DEC-12

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2001University of Cologne MASTERSPrehistoric Archaeology (Ur–und Frühgeschichte), Greek and Roman Archaeology, Anthropology
2006UCD PHDArchaeology