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Publication: Neolithic Excarnation in an Irish Upland Boulder Chamber

I'm a co-author on a new publication, led by Dr Marion Dowd. 'Neolithic engagements with the dead: mortuary processing on Bengorm Mountain in the NW of Ireland', has just been published in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology. The fascinating upland site at Bengorm Mountain, near Newport, Co. Mayo, was discovered in 2016 when a local… Continue reading Publication: Neolithic Excarnation in an Irish Upland Boulder Chamber

Europe's Lost Frontiers · Research Projects

I’ve joined Europe’s Lost Frontiers Project

24 October 2017 Last week I was formally welcomed by Prof. Vince Gaffney on to Europe's Lost Frontiers Project, a major ERC-funded research project exploring the lost landscapes that were inundated at the end of the last Ice Age. The most well known of these is Doggerland, the submerged land between Britain and NW Europe which… Continue reading I’ve joined Europe’s Lost Frontiers Project

Research Projects

Great Connell Abbey Exploration Project

Project: Great Connell Abbey Exploration Project Directors: James Bonsall, Earthsound Archaeological Geophysics & Dr. Thomas Loughlin, Irish Hellenic Institute, Athens, Greece. Location: Great Connell Abbey, Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland Year: 2012-2014 Funding: €3,900 (Kildare County Council Community Heritage Grant €2,400, Kildare Archaeological Society Research Grant €1,500) Aim: This project examined the use and demise of Great Connell Abbey by tracing the… Continue reading Great Connell Abbey Exploration Project

Coronavirus · Press Release · Research Projects

Hundreds of Prehistoric Tools discovered during lakeshore picnic

Press Release: Hundreds of Prehistoric Tools discovered during lakeshore picnic, Sligo 13 August 2020 Main Points Friends discover prehistoric site on shore of Glencar Lake while having a picnic 930 pieces of worked chert discovered The discovery indicates that prehistoric people were visiting Glencar Lake, at least 4,000 years ago and possibly up to 6,000… Continue reading Hundreds of Prehistoric Tools discovered during lakeshore picnic

Publications · Research Projects

Community Archaeology Publication

Bonsall, J. 2020. 'Engaging the Community: The Kilcashel Landscape Project'. In Baker, C. (ed.) Partnership & Participation: Community Archaeology in Ireland. Wordwell, 26-38. My latest publication, 'Engaging the Community: The Kilcashel Landscape Project' is a chapter in Christine Baker's edited monograph Partnership & Participation: Community Archaeology in Ireland, which has just been published by Wordwell,… Continue reading Community Archaeology Publication

Coronavirus · Research Projects

Take a look at these crows feet, just look: Bench Marks of Sligo

One of my current obsessions is looking for bench marks that are visible on historic maps of Sligo. Bench marks were established by the Board of Ordnance, later the Ordnance Survey' to accurately map elevation above sea level. This served a very practical purpose as it coincided with the construction of drains which needed to… Continue reading Take a look at these crows feet, just look: Bench Marks of Sligo

Carrowmore · Publications · Research Projects · Uncategorized

Excavation at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Project: Carrowmore: IT Sligo Training Excavation Directors: Dr Marion Dowd, Dr James Bonsall, IT Sligo Location: Carrowmore, Sligo Year: 2019-ongoing Funding: IT Sligo (2019) Aim: I've been carrying out geophysical surveys across the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery since 2011. In 2019, myself and Dr Marion Dowd began excavating one of the most enigmatic sites in the Neolithic complex. This project comprises a… Continue reading Excavation at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Publications

Publication & Retraction: The Challenges of Working with Metal Detectorists

In 2016 I attended the fantastic Fields of Conflict Conference at Trinity College Dublin, where I presented work that reassessed an earlier collaboration with metal detectorists in the UK, in light of some new and rather damning evidence. The Proceedings of that Conference have just been published in a peer-reviewed Open Access book Conference Proceedings:… Continue reading Publication & Retraction: The Challenges of Working with Metal Detectorists

ICAP 2019 #AP2019Sligo · Press Release · Publications

International Archaeology Conference Attracts Delegates from 33 Countries to Sligo

Press Release 23/08/19 Archaeologists from around the world will be descending on IT Sligo on Wednesday the 28th of August for a very special five day International Conference to discuss the use of the latest technology in exploring our past. The use of drones, geophysics, data mining and artificial intelligence will be among the topics… Continue reading International Archaeology Conference Attracts Delegates from 33 Countries to Sligo

Research Projects · Signal Towers · Uncategorized

Signal Defensible Guard Houses

Project: The construction, survival and historical context of the Signal Defensible Guard Houses in Connacht and Ulster Directors: Stuart Rathbone (PhD Candidate), Dr. James Bonsall (Supervisor), IT Sligo Location: Connacht & Ulster, Ireland Year: 2015- Website: https://irishsignalstations.wordpress.com/the-irish-signal-stations/ Aim: This post graduate research project aims to provide detailed written and drawn accounts of the surviving signal stations around the North… Continue reading Signal Defensible Guard Houses

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I’ve said “Farewell” to Earthsound

After 17 years as co-director of Earthsound Archaeological Geophysics / Earthsound Geophysics Limited, I have stood down and sold my interest in the company. I created Earthsound in August 2002 and was delighted to serve as co-director since that time. It has been an incredibly enjoyable experience, taking me to every county on the island… Continue reading I’ve said “Farewell” to Earthsound