Brighton_headshotDr. Stephen A. Brighton

Project Director

Dr. Stephen A. Brighton is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. His more than 20 years of archaeological experience have culminated in his published research on the Irish Diaspora in Ireland and America. His book Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach came out in 2009 through the University of Tennessee Press. Stephen Brighton has directed field schools concerning the Irish immigrant experience in Maryland and Virginia since joining the Department of Anthropology in 2005. Dr. Brighton has been awarded two General Research Board grants for his research program studying Irish immigrant and Irish-American material culture in Texas, Maryland. In 2011, he was awarded the Dean’s Research Collaborative grant to conduct a ground penetrating radar survey on the proposed site of an Irish immigrant laboring shanty settlement. Currently, Dr. Brighton was awarded a Tier 1 University seed grant to establish and maintain a long term transnational collaborative research program in County Cork.


Andrew J. Webster

Field Director

Andrew Webster is a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and went on to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His previous research projects have focused on the archaeology of a nineteenth century Irish and Italian immigrant tenement in Boston, Massachusetts, and a public hunting lodge in rural Kouts, Indiana. His dissertation will focus on the ways the Great Irish Famine affected the people, landscape, and material culture of rural Ireland.


3 thoughts on “Staff

  1. hi andrew

    any webster ancestors from Ireland? My maternal grandmother from County Cork, Youghal, see my blog
    photos of youghal etc


    • Hi Catryn! I’ve come across your blog before and have enjoyed reading about what’s been going on in Cork Archaeology. No Websters from Ireland I’m afraid, at least in my line–they were early colonial settlers to America in the 1630s. I’ve been trying to find more information about my maternal grandmother, who has a few ancestors from Wicklow and Ulster, but haven’t been able to turn up much.


  2. Had a look at your work earlier today and I was impressed with the information that
    Dr.Steven Brighton gave me, many thanks, great work for the town of Skibbereen.
    Kind regards


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