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    Fieldwork in Belderrig, Co. Mayo 2004-2008: 04E0893
    (University College Dublin. School of Archaeology, 2008)
    This report provides a retrospective review of research carried out in Belderrig, North Co. Mayo from 2004-2008 and primarily funded via the National Committee for Archaeology of the Royal Irish Academy and with support in kind from the UCD School of Archaeology and ITAS Bealdeirg. The project began in 2004 as a small test pit investigation of a lithic scatter with associated organic remains, and has expanded to include a wide range of aspects. Preliminary reports on some of these developments are included here.
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    (Irish Quaternary Association, 2019-07-31) ; ;
    Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most iconic landscapes, combining stunning scenery with evocative ruined architecture, including distinctively Irish styles such as the round tower. The popular understanding of the valley’s history is that Saint Kevin retreated into the wilderness where he could be closer to God, and that there he founded his monastery which rose to a position of pre-dominance before subsequent decline. This is a powerful story, appealing to important myths about the nature of early Irish Christianity and with a complex relationship with Irish cultural nationalism. However, it is only a partial understanding of the long-term history of how humans have settled the spectacular valley of Glendalough. Glendalough is also often viewed as a natural landscape, but its form is an outcome of the long-term interaction between people and their environment. This brief outline, and fieldtrip, offers a more holistic perspective on this remarkable landscape.
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    How can we understand researchers' perceptions of key research developments? A case study focusing on the adoption of agriculture in Ireland
    (Taylor & Francis, 2009)
    Understanding how researchers perceive key research developments in their fields is not straightforward. This paper reports on a project focusing on perceptions of key developments in the adoption of agriculture (Mesolithic-Neolithic transition) in Ireland. The project involved over 60 interviews with active researchers, generating qualitative data that provide overview of these perceptions. Despite much diversity, several areas emerge as having been particularly important: including methodologies and wider developments in archaeological practice. Variation between Ireland and other areas of north-west Europe is suggested by some aspects of the data.
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    Temple-na-Skellig and St Kevin's Bed, Glendalough
    Glendalough sees almost a million visitors each year, and many of the key archaeological sites are heavily visited, but two important locations are very difficult to access. These are the artificial cave of “Saint Kevin’s Bed” and the Church and settlement evidence at Temple-na-Skellig found in a remote location on south of the Upper Lake, surrounded by steep cliffs.
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    Archaeological Excavations at Lugduff Townland, Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2013: Stratigraphical Report
    (University College Dublin. School of Archaeology, 2014-07) ; ; ;
    This report details the initial results of archaeological excavations at the Upper Lake, Glendalough in 2013. These focussed on an early medieval ditch underlying the ‘‘caher’’ (WI023‐025‐‐‐‐) identified by UCD School of Archaeology in 2012 (Ministerial Consent C536. Excavation No. E4431). Excavations were undertaken between 19th and 28th August 2013 under Ministerial Consent. All excavations were carried out by hand. Desodding and re‐instatement were carried out with the collaboration of a landscape gardener, as per National Parks and Wildlife Service requirements (NPWS). Ministerial Consent C536 was obtained for project with excavation number E4431 assigned for use on finds and the archive. In accordance with the ministerial consent a metal detection survey was undertaken under registration number R310.
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    Interactions of Care and Control: Human–animal Relationships in Hunter-gatherer Communities in Near-contemporary Eastern Siberia and the Mesolithic of Northwest Europe
    (Cambridge University Press, 2019-08) ;
    This contribution explores modes of human–animal interactions in hunter-gatherer communities in near-contemporary eastern Siberia and the Mesolithic of northwest Europe. By discussing notions of care and control and drawing on syntheses of Russian-language ethnographic data from eastern Siberia, this paper explores the diversity and nuances of hunter-gatherers’ interactions with animals. While some contexts may reveal respectful yet diverse treatments of the hunted animals, others suggest that hunter-gatherers also might have interacted with animals kept as pets, captives or companions, thus implicating relations in which notions of care and control seem to be tightly bound.
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    Excavations on Céide Hill, Behy & Glenulra, North Co. Mayo, 1963-1994
    (UCD School of Archaeology and the Irish Strategic Archaeological Research Programme (INSTAR), 2011-12) ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
    This report outlines the results of excavations at and near the Céide Fields Visitor Centre, North Co. Mayo. Three projects are included here: Dr Seán Ó Nualláin, Prof Michael Herity and Prof Ruaridhí de Valéra’s excavations at the court tomb at Behy (1963-1969); Prof Seamas Caulfield’s excavations at the Glenulra Enclosure (1970-1972); and Gretta Byrne and Noel Dunne’s excavations in advance of the construction of the Céide Fields Visitor Cente (1989-1993). This report forms part of the Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscapes of North Mayo (NBNM) project which aims to bring to full publication the survey and excavations in north Mayo carried out by Caulfield and his students. The NBNM project has been supported by the Heritage Council (2008) and INSTAR (2009-2011). This project will finish in 2012, with a full text covering all aspects of the research and extensive interpretative discussion. This current report focuses on presenting the results of the excavations and an overall chronological model for the Céide Fields Visitor Centre site: the wider aspects of interpretation of site function, significance and parallels will be addressed next year. This will include comparative discussion of the specialist analyses summarised here.
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    Exploring the ‘somewhere’ and ‘someone’ else: an integrated approach to Ireland’s earliest farming practice
    One of the great successes of Childe’s concept of the Neolithic Revolution was the emphasis it placed on the new – on a ‘package’ of related innovations in subsistence, technology and social relations as a rupture, a break, a new beginning. This is especially important given long-standing characterisations of hunting and gathering groups as unchanging over time and without historical agency or dynamism (Sassaman and Holly, 2011). Since Childe, the Neolithic revolution has been substantially unpacked, and in areas of primary domestication, we recognise that the process was long, variable and multi-faceted (e.g. Finlayson, 2013; Larsen et al., 2014).
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    Charcoal production at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
    (University College Dublin. School of Archaeology, 2012-09) ; ;
    A large number of small-medium sized earthen platforms are present on the steep slopes surrounding the Upper Lake at Glendalough. These have been known about since the nineteenth century, and surveys in the late Twentieth century identified about 100 in total. Charcoal was frequently observed where these were disturbed.