Dr Timothy Mighall

Dr Timothy Mighall


Dr Timothy Mighall
Dr Timothy Mighall

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen G22 St Mary's, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen


Keele University: Environmental Research Unit. Position: Research Assistant Oct-Dec 1990.

Brunel University: Department of Geography & Geology. Position: Temporary Lecturer Feb-July 1991.                                   

Coventry University: Geography Subject Area. Position: Lecturer (1991-1994) Senior Lecturer (1994-2005).

University of Aberdeen: Department of Geography & Environment, School of Geosciences (2005-present) Senior Lecturer in Palaeoecology.


Research Interests

  • Pollen and non-pollen palynomorph analysis
  • Peat geochemistry and reconstructing palaeo-pollution records from bogs and lakes
  • Holocene vegetational history
  • Holocene environmental change


Current Research

Land degradation in the Karoo, South Africa

Recent publications

Langford, H.E. et al. 2013: Palaeoecology of a late MIS7 interglacial deposit from eastern England. Quaternary international  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quatint.2013.05.046

Crew, P. & Mighall, T.M. 2013. The fuel supply and woodland management at a 14th century bloomery in Snowdonia, a multi-disciplinary approach.  In  Humphris, J. & Rehren, T. (eds) The World of Iron. London: Archetype Publications, 473-482.

Mighall, TM, Chambers, FM, Timberlake, S & O’Brien, WF. 2012. Characterising vegetation changes in former mining and metalworking areas during prehistoric and Roman times. Notizie Archeologiche Bergomensi 20, 117-130.

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Land degradation and environmental change in the Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa. See http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/research/other/karoo.php
  2. The function and environmental impact of burnt mounds in prehistory.
  3. The ecology and landscapes of early medieval royal centres.
  4. Placing early mining and metalworking into its environmental context. See http://www.earlyminesresearchgroup.org.uk/
  5. Holocene environmental changes in NW Iberia


Further Info

External Responsibilities

Co-editor, Scottish Geographical Journal http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/RSGJ

Deputy Editor, Editorial Board, Environmental Archaeology http://www.maney.co.uk/index.php/journals/env/

NERC Peer Review College Member


Membership of External Bodies

Association of Environmental Archaeology

Early Mines Research Group

Historical Metallurgy Society

Irish Quaternary Association

Quaternary Research Association

Royal Scottish Geographical Society

The Prehistoric Society



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Contributions to Journals


  • Gallego-Sala, AV., Charman, DJ., Brewer, S., Page, SE., Prentice, IC., Friedlingstein, P., Moreton, S., Amesbury, MJ., Beilman, DW., Björck, S., Blyakharchuk, T., Bochicchio, C., Booth, RK., Bunbury, J., Camill, P., Carless, D., Chimner, RA., Clifford, M., Cressey, E., Courtney-Mustaphi, C., De Vleeschouwer, F., de Jong, R., Fialkiewicz-Koziel, B., Finkelstein, SA., Garneau, M., Githumbi1, E., Hribjlan, J., Holmquist, J., Hughes, PDM., Jones, CD., Jones, MC., Karofeld, E., Klein, ES., Kokfelt, U., Korhola, A., Lacourse, T., Le Roux, G., Lamentowicz, M., Large, D., Lavoie, M., Loisel, J., Mackay, H., MacDonald, G., Makila, M., Magnan, G., Marchant, R., Marcisz, K., Martínez Cortizas, A., Massa, C., Mathijssen, P., Mauquoy, D., Mighall, T., Mitchell, FJG., Moss, P., Nichols, JE., Oksanen, P., Orme, L., Packalen, MS., Robinson, S., Roland, TP., Sanderson, NK., Sannel, ABK., Silva-Sánchez, N., Steinberg, N., Swindles, GT., Turner, TE., Uglow, J., Valiranta, M., van Bellen, S., van der Linden, M., van Geel, B., Wang, G., Yu, Z., Zaragoza-Castells, J. & Zhao, Y. 'Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming'. Nature Climate Change, pp. 1-8.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-018-0271-1
  • Pérez-Rodríguez, M., Silva-Sánchez, N., Kylander, ME., Bindler, R., Mighall, TM., Schofield, JE., Edwards, KJ. & Martínez Cortizas, A. (2018). 'Industrial-era lead and mercury contamination in southern Greenland implicates North American sources'. Science of the Total Environment, vol. 613-614, pp. 919-930.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.041
    [Online] AURA: SH_manuscript_sept_Edited.pdf
  • Mighall, T., Timpany, S., Wheeler, J., Bailey, L., Bamforth, M., Gray, L. & Taylor, M. (2018). 'Vegetation Changes and Woodland Management Associated with a Prehistoric to Medieval Burnt Mound Complex at Ballygawley, Northern Ireland'. Environmental Archaeology, vol. 23, no. 3 SI, pp. 267-285.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14614103.2017.1370856
  • Ninnes, S., Tolu, J., Meyer-Jacob, C., Mighall, TM. & Bindler, R. (2017). 'Investigating molecular changes in organic matter composition in two Holocene lake-sediment records from central Sweden using pyrolysis-GC/MS'. Journal of geophysical research-Biogeosciences, vol. 122, no. 6, pp. 1423-1438.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/2016JG003715
    [Online] AURA: Ninnes_et_al_2017_Journal_of_Geophysical_Research_Biogeoscie...
  • Foster, IDL., Boardman, J., Collins, AL., Copeland-Philips, R., Kuhn, NJ., Mighall, TM., Pulley, S. & Rowntree, K. (2017). 'The potential for gamma-emitting radionuclides to contribute to an understanding of erosion processes in South Africa'. Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences , vol. 375, pp. 29-34.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-375-29-2017
    [Online] AURA: piahs_375_29_2017.pdf
  • Mighall, T., Timberlake, S., Martínez Cortizas, A., Silva-Sánchez, N. & Foster, IDL. (2017). 'Did prehistoric and Roman mining and metallurgy have a significant impact on vegetation?'. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 11, pp. 613-625.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.12.021
    [Online] AURA: final_manuscript.pdf
  • Wheeler, J., Timpany, S., Mighall, TM. & Scott, L. (2016). 'A Palaeoenvironmental Investigation of Two Prehistoric Burnt Mound Sites in Northern Ireland'. Geoarchaeology-An International Journal, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 506-529.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/gea.21552
    [Online] AURA: Geoarchaeology_paper.pdf
  • Silva Sánchez, N., Martínez Cortizas, A., Abel-Schaad, D., López-Sáez, JA. & Mighall, TM. (2016). 'Influence of climate change and human activities on the organic and inorganic composition of peat during the ‘Little Ice Age’ (El Payo mire, W Spain)'. The Holocene, vol. 26, no. 8, pp. 1290-1303.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683616638439
    [Online] AURA: Manuscript_Payo_reviewed_Ediciones_finales_cambios_aceptados...
  • Martinez Cortizas, A., Lopez-Merino, L., Bindler, R., Mighall, T. & Kylander, ME. (2016). 'Early atmospheric metal pollution provides evidence for Chalcolithic/Bronze Age mining and metallurgy in Southwestern Europe'. Science of the Total Environment, vol. 545-546, pp. 398-406.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.12.078
    [Online] AURA: Early_atmospheric_metal_pollution.pdf
  • Brown, TG., Davis, SR., Hatton, J., O'Brien, C., Reilly, F., Taylor, K., Dennehy, KE., O'Donnell, L., Bermingham, N., Mighall, T., Timpany, S., Tetlow, E., Wheeler, J. & Wynne, S. (2016). 'The Environmental Context and Function of Burnt-Mounds: New Studies of Irish Fulachtaí Fiadh'. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, vol. 82, pp. 259-290.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/ppr.2016.7
    [Online] AURA: Burnt_Mound_PPS_Paper_v13_with_Figs.pdf
    [Online] AURA: Supplementary_Data_All.pdf
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