• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 163 Citations
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Personal profile


Education: PhD Ulster University, 2006, MA Queens University Belfast, 1997, BSc Hons Ulster University, 1993. Wes worked in commercial archaeology before joining the government's Underwater Unit (OPW) in Dublin. He came to Ulster as a Research Fellow in 1999, and was appointed lecturer in 2008.

Research Interests

Wes is a maritime archaeologist, with interests in the activities and economies of coastal communities in the medieval and post-medieval eras. His research examines strategies for exploiting and utilising marine resources and their resulting effect on the coastal landscape. In addition to research carried out at home, Wes has been active in north and east Africa working in regions affected by conflict, under-resourcing and neglect.  

Teaching Interests

Wes teaches aspects of human, cultural and historical geography across the three-year geography degree programme. He is also involved in teaching environmental management and conservation to geography and environmental science students. He contributes to student field trips and residentials in Ireland and abroad.

External positions


Standing Committee Member (Archaeology), Royal Irish Academy

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Research Output 2000 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

Persistence and Risk - Salt production in post-medieval Ireland

Forsythe, W., McConkey, R. & Breen, C., 3 Jul 2018, In : World Archaeology. 50, 4, p. 603-619 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

commodity exchange
Northern European region
food security

A Maritime Archaeological Survey of Stonetown, Zanzibar

Breen, C., Forsythe, W. & Rhodes, D., Mar 2016, In : International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. 45, 1, p. 191-199

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
cultural identity
political identity
2 Citations (Scopus)

Intertidal Fish Traps from Ireland: Some Recent Discoveries in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal

Montgomery, P., Forsythe, W. & Breen, C., Aug 2015, In : Journal of Maritime Archaeology. 10, 2, p. 117-139

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fish Traps
Medieval Period


Maritime Archaeology
Historical Archaeology
Archaeological Survey
Maritime Cultural Landscape
Maritime Archaeology

Activities 2002 2018

Preserving Prosperity: The Archaeology of Salt Production in Post-Medieval Ireland

Wes Forsythe (Speaker)
26 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Ulster Maritime Heritage (External organisation)

Wes Forsythe (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

The Archaeology of Improvement in Ireland

Wes Forsythe (Participant)
3 Feb 20175 Feb 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

The Archaeology of Salt Production in Ireland: establishing a multiscalar understanding of a marine industry

Wes Forsythe (Speaker)
28 Aug 20162 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Sage (Publisher)

Wes Forsythe (Reviewer)
17 Jul 2015

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Press / Media

Open Countryside

Wes Forsythe


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Digging for Ireland

Wes Forsythe


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research