Dr Maeve McHugh FHEA

Dr Maeve McHugh

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Teaching Fellow in Classical Archaeology

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am an active field archaeologist who has taken part in regional surveys in mainland Greece and the Greek islands.  My research employs a multi-disciplinary methodology, utilising a suite of approaches for the analysis of historical, cultural, and archaeological evidence to explore complex socio-economic activity of individuals and rural communities. My recent monograph, The Ancient Greek Farmstead (Oxbow, 2017), is a fully realised example of this multi-disciplinary approach, which uses digital, archaeological, and historical data to reconstruct the role farmsteads had in agricultural industry, and how these sites supported agriculture as an economic entity. My continuing research builds on this holistic approach, and aims to reconstruct the lives, mobility, and economic strategies of rural inhabitants in ancient Greece.

Feedback and office hours

  • Tuesday 12:00-13:00
  • Thursday 12:00-13:00
  • Dissertation hour Tuesday 09:00-10:00


  • PhD – University College Dublin
  • MA – University College Dublin
  • BA – University College Dublin
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (2017)


Maeve McHugh received her doctorate from University College Dublin in September 2014. She specializes in classical archaeology with a focus on the archaeology of rural life in ancient Greece and the digital modelling of ancient landscapes. She is an active field archaeologist and has taken part in regional surveys in mainland Greece and the Greek islands. Maeve currently participates in the diachronic pedestrian landscape survey of the Mazi Plain (Mazi Archaeological Project) in northwest Attica, Greece. Before taking up the post of Teaching Fellow in Classical Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, she taught as a tutor and lecturer for courses with a wide geographic and chronological range from Minoan Crete through Imperial Rome for the School of Classics, and the Adult Education Centre at University College Dublin.


  • Project Module – The Parthenon: temple, church, mosque, and powder keg 


Participant in the Mazi Archaeological Project, Attica http://www.maziplain.org/

Other activities

  • CAHA Museum curator


  • McHugh, M. 2017. The Ancient Greek Farmstead. Oxbow.