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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Archaeological Excavation at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Sligo

Press Release 19/06/2019 A team of archaeologists from IT Sligo have just completed a two-week archaeological excavation of a prehistoric monument in the heart of the Carrowmore megalithic complex, Sligo. Carrowmore is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland, with 5,500 year old passage tombs dating from 3,600 BC. IT Sligo archaeologists Dr Marion Dowd… Continue reading Archaeological Excavation at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Sligo

Research Projects

Kilcashel Landscape Project

Project: Kilcashel Landscape Project Directors: Dr. James Bonsall, IT Sligo Location: Kilcashel townland, Kilmovee, County Mayo Year: 2009-2014 Funding: The Heritage Council (2010), Earthsound Archaeological Geophysics (2009-2014), Centre for Environmental Research Innovation And Sustainability (2018) Website: http://kilcashel.com Aim: The application of landscape archaeology methods and techniques to comprehensively assess the townland of Kilcashel and disseminate that information to the… Continue reading Kilcashel Landscape Project

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Monitoring the Archaeology of Sligo’s Coastline: The MASC Project

Project: Monitoring the Archaeology of Sligo's Coastline: The MASC Project Directors: Dr. James Bonsall, Sam Moore, IT Sligo Location: County Sligo Year: 2014-ongoing Funding: No funding Website: https://themascproject.wordpress.com Aim: The aim of the MASC Project is to engage with and provide training for individuals, voluntary community groups and interested NGO’s living or operating along the coastline of Co. Sligo to… Continue reading Monitoring the Archaeology of Sligo’s Coastline: The MASC Project

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Knocknashee Archaeology Project

  Project: Knocknashee Archaeology Project Directors: Dr. Dirk Brandherm, Cormac McSparron, Queen's University Belfast Location: Knocknashee, Lavagh, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo Year: 2016-ongoing Funding: Royal Irish Academy Grant (2016, 2017) Aim: Geophysical surveys assessed house sites on the plateau of Knocknashee, a hillfort complex which also contains two Passage Tombs. In 2016 I directed surveys at Earthsound Archaeological Geophysics across the entire… Continue reading Knocknashee Archaeology Project