Richard Walsh

DPhil in Archaeology


Lines of Archaeological Investigation

Research abstract

The construction of a gas pipeline presents both enormous challenges and opportunities to archaeology. The scale of the gas pipeline developments are significant - within Britain and Ireland since 1997 the length of pipelines added to the respective natural gas transmission systems is the equivalent of multiple High Speed Rail 2. Yet despite this undoubted significance they have not received the same archaeological focus or attention as many of the other large linear developments such as the railways, motorways or road building.

This thesis provides a timely assessment of the impact of gas pipeline construction on our understanding of the archaeological landscape and takes perhaps the first holistic approach to the subject. Through the consideration of a number of gas pipeline projects it compares the impact that individual gas pipeline projects have had on the landscape archaeologies of both Britain and Ireland.



Dr David Griffiths

Mr Roger Thomas

Research Associate and DPhil Supervisor in Landscape Archaeology. Archaeological Investigator at Historic England.


My interest in archaeology also includes a desire for as much practical experience as possible. Since graduating from the MSc course in 2012 I participated in excavations at Oplontis (a Roman villa site and village) near Pompeii. I spent three seasons there and have now joined a team in Jerusalem. Having previously been a member of Harris Manchester College I am now a member of St Peter's College.

Outside of archaeology I run a Public Affairs department for a large energy company and spend my time travelling up and down the country trying to persuade politicians to be nice to us.

Research interests

Development led archaeology

Landscape archaeology

Linear corridors