Project Team

Archaeology and Built Heritage Team. Alva MacGowan, Franc Myles and Eve Campbell (left to right) (Photo: Alva MacGowan).

Archaeology and Built Heritage Team. Alva MacGowan, Franc Myles and Eve Campbell (left to right) (Photo: Alva MacGowan).

Archaeology and Built Heritage

Project director:                       Franc Myles MUBC MIAI

Franc Myles is a licenced archaeologist who has excavated and published extensively on the historical archaeology of Ireland, a period which extends from the late sixteenth century to what has been termed the contemporary past. He is the founder of Archaeology and Built Heritage, a Dublin-based consultancy which operates throughout Ireland and has undertaken fieldwork on sites associated with the XV International Brigade in Spain.

In 2012 he directed an archaeological investigation of the Moore Street battlefield (see 2015. Making 1916, (J. Bruck and L. Godson eds), Liverpool University Press) and is presently working on a project mapping the War of Independence in the parish of Tulla in east Clare.

He will direct the fieldwork, managing the research and graphics aspect of the project to bring the completed work to publication by the spring of 2017.

Project leader:                          Alva Mac Gowan MA

Alva Mac Gowan has worked as an archaeological photographer and illustrator since her graduation from UCD in 2001. Alva was part of the core team involved with the Moore Street project and she generated the graphics for the report. More recently she has been involved with the OPW investigations at Rathfarnham Castle and is presently cataloguing a large assemblage of post medieval finds from an excavation site in Dublin 8. She will lead the fieldwork programme and manage the photographic and documentary archive.

Project leader:                          Dr Eve Campbell

Since completing her doctoral studies, Eve Campbell has worked in Archaeology and Built Heritage on a project investigating the Georgian coal cellars impacted upon by Luas Cross City. More recently she has coordinated and published The Field Names of County Louth. Eve will lead the fieldwork programme and be responsible for the GIS aspect of the project, translating the results of the fieldwork into publication-ready images. She will in addition develop a web and social media presence for the project.

Project associate:                     Dr Laura McAtackney

Laura McAtackney is an Associate Professor at Aarhus University in who has researched and published on aspects of twentieth-century Irish conflict, undertaking work in the Maze Prison and more recently on the graffiti surviving in Kilmainham Gaol. Laura will lead the survey work in Kilmainham and contribute to the final publication.

Dublin City Council

Project Manager:                        Dr Ruth Johnson

Dr Ruth Johnson has been the City Archaeologist for Dublin City Council since 2001. In this capacity she plays a vital strategic role in the management and protection of the diverse archaeological resource of the city. Ruth has published numerous academic and popular articles and books in her capacity as a Viking and medieval scholar, most recently as co-editor of Before and After the Battle of Clontarf: the Vikings in Ireland and Beyond, (Fourcourts Press, 2015). She is the DCC Project Manager, the Chair of the Steering Group and a member of the Survey Team.

School of Archaeology, University College Dublin

Project co-director                   Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan MIAI, FSA (London)

Professor Aidan O’Sullivan arguably has an international reputation in wetland archaeology and environments across the world and in the archaeology of early medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100. He has authored and co-authored 14 monographs and edited books and c.70 articles. His research projects, particularly his Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), have explored the archaeology of early medieval settlements, farming practices, landscapes, material culture, beliefs and burial practices. He leads UCD School of Archaeology’s Early Medieval Research and Viking Age Research Group (EMVARG), with 4 Postdoctoral Fellows and 13 PhD Scholars. Since his appointment to UCD, he has brought a total of over two million euro to the university in research grants, fellowships and PhD scholarships, and has 20 years experience in directing successful archaeological and publication projects.

Academic coordinator              Dr Neil Carlin

Neil is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Archaeology at UCD, working on a project entitled ‘Understanding the Irish Late Neolithic: Grooved Ware in Context’ which is funded by the Irish Research Council. He has over 10 years’ experience in the archaeological services sector working on the excavation, post-excavation and publication of numerous sites in Ireland. His research interests include the Neolithic and Bronze Age of Ireland and Britain with a particular emphasis on depositional practices and the social role of material culture.

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