Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston

Professorial Lecturer in Anthropology, Study Abroad and Transfer Credit Advisor



Office Phone: (202) 994-6964
2112 G Street 2112 G Street, NW, Rm 202 Washington DC 20052

Dr. Johnston is an anthropologically trained archaeologist specializing in Irish prehistory.

Iron Age archaeology, archaeology of religion and ritual, petroglyphs and rock art. Regional focus: Ireland.


The chief focus of Dr. Johnston's field research has been prehistoric Ireland, although she has also done public archaeology in the U.S. She is particularly interested in religion and ritual and their presence in the archaeological record.

Ongoing Projects

  • Ongoing excavations at Dun Ailinne as a field school for undergraduates

To see syllabi, click on the course title.

Anth 1003: Archaeology
Anth 2506: Religion, Myth, and Magic

Anth 2821: Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology
Anth 3508: Art and Culture
Anth 3803: Old World Prehistory: First Farmers to First Cities
Anth 3808: Topics: Archaeology and the Celts

Anth 3838: Theory and Practice in Archaeology
Anth 6802: Topics: Heritage Marketing and Archaeology


2007  Johnston, S., and B. Wailes. Dún Ailinne: Excavations at an Irish Royal Site 1968-1975. Philadelphia: University Museum Publications.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

2017 Johnston, S. "Dún Ailinne: Then and Now," European Archaeology as Anthropology: Essays in Memory of Bernard Wailes, P.J. Crabree & Peter Bugucki.

2014  Johnston, S., P. Crabtree, and D. Campana. "Performance, place and power at Dún Ailinne, a ceremonial site of the Irish Iron Age," World Archaeology.

2009  Johnston, S., D. Campana, and P. Crabtree. "A geophysical survey at Dún Ailinne, County Kildare, Ireland," Journal of Field Archaeology 34(4): 385-402.

2006  Johnston, S. "Revisiting the Irish royal sites," Emania 20: 53-59.

1996  Johnston, S. "Three problematic rock art stones from Ireland," Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquarians of Ireland 126: 147-151.

1996  Johnston, S., and J. Hawdon. "Hookworm in the Americas: An alternative to trans-Pacific contact," Parasitology Today 12(1): 72-74.

Ph.D. 1989, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. 1984, University of Pennsylvania
B.A. 1980, Dickinson College