The objectives of the Department of Archaeology at NUI, Galway are:

  • To deliver high quality education in a student-focused environment, based on innovative research and with a strong ethical foundation
  • To develop the department¿s areas of research in Prehistoric, Medieval, Early Modern and Public Archaeology in an international context
  • To foster local community interest in and engagement with archaeology
  • To advocate heritage protection

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  • The elusive image 

    Waddell, John (Wordwell, 2009)
    It is now possible to identify one symbol in Celtic La Tène art found in Continental Europe and in prehistoric Britain and Ireland that appears to be an expression of a complex religious cosmology. This is the elusive (and ...
  • Future-proofing heritage in Ireland: community, education and stewardship 

    Newman, Conor (Heritage Council, 2015)
    Published by the Heritage Council in Heritage Outlook (2015), 2-4
  • Assembly Places and Elite Collective Identities in Medieval Ireland 

    FitzPatrick, Elizabeth (2015)
    This paper investigates relationships between assembly places and expressions of collective identities among Gaelic elites during the period from the 9th to the 16th century in Ireland.
  • Formaoil na Fiann: hunting preserves and assembly places in Gaelic Ireland. 

    Elizabeth FitzPatrick (Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, 2013)
    [No abstract available]
  • The Cave of Crúachain and the Otherworld 

    Waddell, John (2014)
    Oweynagat (Úaimh na gCat), the cave of the cats, is a natural cave with a souterrain attached in the royal site of Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon. Today it is an inconspicuous monument but is famous in early literature as an ...
  • Cheques and Balances 

    Waddell, John (Archaeology Ireland, 2005)
  • The Neolithic dates from Carrowmore 1978-98: A source critical review 

    Bergh, Stefan (2013)
    This report is the companion document to: Bergh and Hensey. 2013. Unpicking the chronology of Carrowmore. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 34 (4), 343-366.
  • The Celticization of the West: an Irish perspective 

    Waddell, John (1991)
    It is argued that the emergence of a Celtic language in Ireland was the culmination of a long process of social and economic interaction at an elite level between Ireland and Britain, and between these islands and adjacent ...
  • Tal-y-Llyn and the nocturnal voyage of the sun 

    Waddell, John (2012)
    The question 'Where does the sun go at night?' may have occupied both prehistoric and Medieval minds. It may be depicted on some Bronze Age and Iron Age metalwork. Proof copy of an article published in W. J. Britnell and ...
  • The sacral landscape of Tara: a preliminary exploration 

    Newman, Conor (2011)
    In a preliminary exploration of the Tara landscape, this article examines features of the land between the twin hills of Tara and of Skreen, a broad valley through which flows the Gabhra river and now crudely divided by ...
  • Continuity, cult and contest 

    Waddell, John (Four Courts Press, 2011)
    The degree to which pagan traditions influenced early medieval Irish literature has been the subject of some debate. The phrase a window on the Iron Age once encapsulated a view that epic tales in particular depicted a ...
  • The Sword in the Stone: previously unrecognised archaeological evidence of ceremonies of the later Iron Age and early medieval period 

    Newman, Conor (2009)
    Published in G. Cooney et al. (eds), Relics of Old Decency: archaeological studies in later prehistory. Festschrift for Barry Raftery (Wordwell, Dublin, 2009), 425-36, this is a proof copy of an introduction to on-going ...
  • The Funerary Bowls and Vases of the Irish Bronze Age 

    Ó Ríordáin, Breandán; Waddell, John (Galway University Press, 1993)
    This illustrated corpus of pottery from burial contexts in Bronze Age Ireland c. 2500-1500 BC was prepared by John Waddell with the assistance of Breandán Ó Ríordáin and the National Museum of Ireland. It includes a study ...
  • The Archaeology of Aran 

    Waddell, John (Tír Eolas, Kinvara, 1994)
    The Book of Aran contains chapters on the geology, flora and fauna, archaeology, history and culture of the three Aran Islands, Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr. Chapter 5 is a detailed account of the islands' archaeology ...
  • The Bronze Age Burials of Ireland 

    Waddell, John (Galway University Press, 1990)
    A county-by-county survey of Irish Bronze Age burials recorded up to the mid 1980s
  • Rathcroghan: a royal site in Connacht 

    Waddell, John (Journal of Irish Archaeology, 1983)
    A short study of the archaeology and mythology of the royal site of Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon, which formed the basis for the author's monograph (with J. Fenwick and K. Barton) Rathcroghan. Archaeological and Geophysical ...
  • Ballinderry Crannóg No. 2, Co. Offaly: the Later Bronze Age 

    Newman, Conor (Journal of Irish Archaeology, 1997)
    A reconsideration of the later Bronze Age horizon at Ballinderry No. 2 where the Harvard Archaeological Mission uncovered a substantial rectangular wooden building. A case is made for the former existence of a second such ...
  • Notes on some Irish hanging bowl escutcheons 

    Newman, Conor (Journal of Irish Archaeology, 1990)
    A study of hanging bowl escutcheons from the River Kennet, Wiltshire, Ballinderry and Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly, published in the Journal of Irish Archaeology 5 (1989-90), 45-48.
  • Excavation at 'Dathi's Mound', Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon 

    Waddell, John (Journal of Irish Archaeology, 1988)
    The partial excavation of the embanked mound and standing stone known as 'Dathi's Mound' at the royal site of Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon, confirmed that the mound had been cut from a natural gravel ridge. It also revealed ...
  • The Irish Sea in Prehistory 

    Waddell, John (Journal of Irish Archaeology, 1992)
    The role of the Irish Sea in the study of past contacts between Ireland and Britain is reviewed. Analysis of a selection of distribution maps relating to the period c. 4000 B.C. to c. 500 B.C. suggests the possibility of ...

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