• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Education: PhD Ulster University, 2006, MA Queens University Belfast, 1997, BSc Hons Ulster University, 1993. Wes worked in commercial archaeology before joining the Irish 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. Much of his work has been focused on Ireland and Scotland and their islands investigating monuments related to fishing, kelp- and salt-making . He has also made contributions to Arabic and Swahili archaeology along the East African coast from Sudan to Mozambique. This work has investigated medieval settlements and explored their maritime infrastructure and role within broader Indian Ocean networks and economies.

Current and Recent Grants

Funding has come from a range of sources including research institutes, government, charities and trusts. Recently funded projects included grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Honor Frost Foundation, and the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Committee, Ulster Maritime Heritage

1 Jul 2019 → …

Committee, Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group

Standing Committee Member (Archaeology), Royal Irish Academy


  • CC Archaeology
  • maritime
  • post-medieval


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