Irish Civil War · Press Release · Publications · Research Projects

New Book: The Six – The Lives and Memorialisation of Sligo’s Noble Six

Project: The Six - The Lives and Memorialisation of Sligo’s Noble Six Directors: Dr. James Bonsall, Dr. Marion Dowd and Robert Mulraney Location: Sligo Year: 2022 Funding: Fourth Dimension Prospection, Caves of Ireland, Sligo County Council Museum Service Book cover for The Six. My latest book is called The Six - The Lives and Memorialisation of… Continue reading New Book: The Six – The Lives and Memorialisation of Sligo’s Noble Six

Bengorm · Press Release · Publications · Research Projects

Excavation of a Civil War IRA hideout

Project: Tormore Cave 1922 Civil War IRA Hideout Directors: Dr. Marion Dowd, Dr. James Bonsall, Robert Mulraney Location: Tormore townland, Glencar, County Sligo Year: 2022 Funding: Atlantic Technological University (ATU Sligo) I'm part of an exciting new project that has excavated a cave used during the Civil War as an anti-Treaty IRA hideout. The project, funded by Atlantic Technological University… Continue reading Excavation of a Civil War IRA hideout

Bengorm · Press Release · Publications · Research Projects

Publication: Recreating an Antiquarian excavation in GIS using a legacy data archive

I'm a co-author on a new publication, led by Dr Marion Dowd. '‘Revisiting Alice and Gwendoline Cave, Co. Clare: new light on the 1902 excavations’, has just been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Vol. 121C. Alice and Gwendoline Cave, Co. Clare, produced the first evidence for human occupation on the island of… Continue reading Publication: Recreating an Antiquarian excavation in GIS using a legacy data archive

Bengorm · Press Release · Publications · Research Projects

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

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

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