Dr Monika Maleszka-Ritchie


Monika Maleszka-Ritchie

Research Development Facilitator


Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus

My background is in archaeology and heritage interpretation. I have an MA (Hons) in Archaeology from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of York, where I studied Viking Age trade and exchange around the Baltic and North Sea regions. My thesis blended archaeological research undertaken throughout the Baltic Sea region with historical and iconographical research of early medieval northwest European and Islamic texts. I have experience of commercial archaeology in both Poland and the UK, and for several years worked as an archaeologist with the Newport Medieval Ship Project, recording the waterlogged timbers. More recently, I have specialised in archaeological learning and heritage outreach, most recently with Scottish Canals. As a Research Development Facilitator in the Inverness College UHI Research Hub, I work closely with the Director of Research and Innovation, research staff, business development staff and external key contacts, in the development of research, knowledge exchange and innovation projects to enhance research outputs and impact.

Research Interests

  • The early medieval economy of central, eastern and northern Europe.
  • The interaction between Slavs, Vikings and Arabs on the early medieval trade routes of eastern Europe.
  • The theory, method and practice of archaeological learning and heritage outreach and presentation.

Current and recent research projects

  • St Mary’s Church, Eskadale renovation and public engagement
  • Merkinch Welfare Hall renovation and public engagement


  • Maleszka-Ritchie (2017) ‘Timelines with Tapes’ in Outdoor Archaeological Learning, Forestry Commission Scotland.
  • Maleszka-Ritchie and M. Ritchie (2017) Merkinch Welfare Hall: Fit for the Future.
  • Maleszka-Ritchie (2016) ‘A Viking Age weight from Portmahomack, Scotland’, a contribution to Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness: Changing Ideologies in North-East Scotland, Sixth to Sixteenth Century AD by M. Carver, J. Garner-Lahire and C. Spall, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
  • Maleszka-Ritchie (2013) ‘Measures of Capacity: the evidence for standardisation within early medieval Western Slavonic pottery’ in Kultutwandel im Spannungsfeld von Tradition und Innovation: Festschrift M. Müller-Wille, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, University of Kiel.
  • Maleszka-Ritchie (2009) ‘Marine Mollusca’, a contribution to On the Fringe of Neolithic Europe: excavation of a chambered cairn on the Holm of Papa Westray, Orkney by A. Ritchie, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
  • Maleszka-Ritchie (2003) ‘A Viking Age weight from Cleat, Westray’ in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 133.
  • Maleszka-Ritchie (2003) ‘Viking and Slav: Early Medieval Baltic Neighbours’ in Offa: Berichte und Mitteilungen zur Urgeschichte, Frühgeschichte und Mittelalterarchäologie, A Wesse (ed), 58/2001, 103-108, Wachholtz Verlag Neumünster, Kiel.
  • Maleszka- Ritchie (2002) ‘Forgotten Partners: the role of the Slav in the Baltic Viking Age’ in Medieval Europe Basel 2002, 3rd International Conference of Medieval and Later Archaeology, G. Helmig, B. Scholkmann and M. Untermann (eds) (Sections 1-3 Centre-Region-Periphery) 1, 157-161, Hertingen.
  • Maleszka-Ritchie (1998) ‘Zespół odważników ze stanowiska wczesnośredniowiecznego Wrześnica 7, gm.Sławno, woj. Słupskie’ (a study of the weights from the excavation at Wrześnica, an early medieval fort) in Acta Archaeologica Pomoranica, M. Dworaczyk, P. Krajewski and E. Wigocki (eds), 177-184, Szczecin.