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Dr Eóin O’Donoghue

Associate Lecturer (Education Focused) in Roman Archaeology and History
Library representative

emo4@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 462604

Room: S5

Research profile

Research Interests

  • Etruscan, Roman, and Punic archaeology and history
  • Italy in the first-millennium BCE
  • Gender and social identifies in pre-Roman central Italy, esp. masculinities
  • Field archaeology, esp. Pantelleria and Central Italy

My research considers the archaeology and history of the Western Mediterranean, especially Italy, in the first-millennium BCE. I am interested in questions of gender and social identities, cultural and socio-political change in Hellenistic Italy, as well as early Roman imperialism. Many of these interests derive from my ongoing archaeological fieldwork and presently I am involved with two projects. Firstly, I have been a member of the Poggio Civitate Excavation Project  since 2009; the site based near Murlo (Prov. di Siena), has for over a half-century centred on the excavation of an Etruscan settlement on the hill of Poggio Civitate spanning the 8th through late-6th centuries BCE comprising a series of élite and non-élite structures. Most recently I have been working in the nearby town of Vescovado di Murlo excavating and re-examining previously excavated areas of a modest Etruscan settlement dating to the 4th-2nd centuries BCE. This forms part of a long-term plan to investigate potential dependent and subordinate communities that existed in the hinterlands surrounding Poggio Civitate. Secondly, I am assistant director for the Brock University project on the island of Pantelleria (Prov. di Trapani) where, since 2015, I have been working on the excavation of a Punic and later Roman sanctuary site on the edge of a volcanic crater-lake, known locally as the Lago di Venere.

Current Research

  • I am currently in the process of completing a monograph based on my doctoral work on gender identities in Archaic central Italy, specifically examining burial and iconographic evidence during this period with a focus on the construction of masculinities and a society that revolved around a system of hegemonic masculinities.
  • I am finishing a volume that will publish the excavations I led of the Hellenistic period Etruscan settlement in Vescovodo di Murlo with the Poggio Civitate Excavation Project. The volume also includes the publication of previous excavations in the area.

Publications

Papers in Italian Archaeology VII: The Archaeology of Death: Proceedings of the Seventh Conference of Italian Archaeology held at the National University of Ireland, Galway, April 16-18, 2016
O'Donoghue, E. M. (ed.) & Herring, E. (ed.), 2018, Oxford: Archeopress. 504 p.
Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

 

The Power of Etruscan Women Revisited: the evidence from Archaic Tarquinian Tomb Painting
O'Donoghue, E. M., 2018, Papers in Italian Archaeology VII. The Archaeology of Death. Proceedings of the Seventh Conference of Italian Archaeology held at the National University of Ireland, Galway, April 16-18, 2016. Herring, E. & O'Donoghue, E. (eds.). Oxford: Archeopress, p. 191-196 6 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Somebody to Love: Constructing Gender Identities in 7th and 6th century Chiusi
O'Donoghue, E. M., 2016, Burial and Social Change in first-millennium BC Italy: Approaching Social Agents.: Gender, Personhood and Marginality. Scopocasa, R. & Perego, E. (eds.). Oxford: Oxbow, p. 77 95 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Spatial Interaction Simulation Methods for Ancient Settlement Distribution in Central Italy
Oshan, T. M., O'Donoghue, E. M. & Farmer, C. J. Q., 2016, CAA2014: 21st Century Archaeology. Concepts, methods and tools. : Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology.. Giligny, F., Djindjian, F., Costa, L., Moscati, P. & Robert, S. (eds.). Oxford: Archeopress, p. 631 640 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

2016 Excavations at Poggio Civitate and Vescovado di Murlo
Tuck, A., Kreindler, K., O’Donoghue, E. M. & Kansa, S., 2 May 2017, In : Etruscan Studies. 20, 1, p. 35 57 p. https://doi.org/10.1515/etst-2017-0003
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2015 Excavations at Poggio Civitate and Vescovado di Murlo (Provincia di Siena)
Tuck, A., Glennie, A., Kreindler, K., Polisini, C. & O'Donoghue, E. M., 1 Jan 2016, In : Etruscan Studies. 19, 1, p. 87 148 p. https://doi.org/10.1515/etst-2015-0024
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

J. GRAN-AYMERICH and A. DOMÍNGUEZ-ARRANZ (EDS), LA CASTELLINA A SUD DI CIVITAVECCHIA: ORIGINI ED EREDITÀ: ORIGINES PROTOHISTORIQUES ET ÉVOLUTION D'UN HABITAT ÉTRUSQUE (Bibliotheca archaeologica 47). Rome: ‘L'Erma’ di Bretschneider, 2011. Pp. 1223, illus., maps, plans. isbn 978888265034. €650.00.
O'donoghue, E., 1 Nov 2015, In : Journal of Roman Studies. 105, p. 332-333 https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075435815000763
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The mute statues speak: The archaic period acroteria from poggio civitate (Murlo)
O'Donoghue, E., 1 May 2013, In : European Journal of Archaeology. 16, 2, p. 268-288 21 p. https://doi.org/10.1179/1461957112Y.0000000029
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

F. GILOTTA and G. TAGLIAMONTE (EDS), SUI DUE VERSANTI DELL'APPENNINO: NECROPOLI E DISTRETTI CULTURALI TRA VII E VI SEC. A.C.: ATTI DEL SEMINARIO, SANTA MARIA CAPUA VETERE, 12 NOVEMBRE 2013 (Biblioteca di ‘Studi etruschi’ 55). Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider editore, 2015. Pp. xvii + 280, illus. ISBN 9788876892943. €195.00. - M. C. BIELLA , I BRONZI VOTIVI DAL SANTUARIO DI CORFINIO: LOCALITÀ FONTE SANT'IPPOLITO (Biblioteca di ‘Studi etruschi’ 54). Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider editore, 2015. Pp. xv + 108, illus. ISBN 9788876892875. €140.00. - M. SCARRONE , LA PITTURA VASCOLARE ETRUSCA DEL V SECOLO (Archaeologica 174). Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider editore, 2015. Pp. xxii + 320, illus. ISBN 9788876892882. €150.00. - F. DE ANGELIS , MITI GRECI IN TOMBE ETRUSCHE: LE URNE CINERARIE DI CHIUSI (Monumenti antichi/Accademia nazionale dei Lincei 73). Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider editore, 2015. Pp. 455, illus. ISBN 9788876892905. €395.00.
O'donoghue, E., 1 Nov 2017, In : Journal of Roman Studies. 107, p. 339-342 https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075435817000867
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

Teaching

  • I presently lecture and tutor on a number of sub-Honours modules in Ancient History and I am contributing lectures to the team-taught Honours module, Principles and Techniques in Archaeology.
  • I am co-ordinating the 2019-20 sub-Honours module, Roman History from Foundation to Empire.
  • I contribute a number of archaeology seminars to the MLitt programme

Academic Career

I undertook my undergraduate (BA 2005) and postgraduate degrees (MA 2006, PhD 2012) at the National University of Ireland, Galway; there I wrote a PhD thesis on Etruscan gender identities under the direction of Edward Herring. I stayed in Galway for a further four (2013-2017) years as a lecturer in Classics, after which I moved to Canada where I have worked and continue to hold an honorary appointment at Brock University (St Catharines, ON) as an adjunct professor of Classis. In 2018-19 I taught at King’s College London as a Teaching Fellow in Roman Archaeology and came to St Andrews in September 2019.

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