Ancient Foods Research Group

Director: Dr Meriel McClatchie

Who are we?

A research group has been established at UCD School of Archaeology to bring together researchers who are investigating ancient foods.

We are staff and students from UCD School of Archaeology, and we welcome researchers from other Schools across UCD.

The research group is based at the Ardmore Annexe archaeology laboratories on the main UCD campus.

What do we do?

We are researchers who are actively engaged in finding out about the foods that people ate in the past, how these foods were prepared, and what this tells us about daily lives, cultural values and social interactions.

We make use of many different approaches in our investigations, including archaeological science, experimental archaeology, ethnography and history. We organise monthly events where we can share knowledge, enable networking and encourage collaborations.

Our events include seminars, and sessions at our indoor laboratory (Ardmore Annexe) and outdoor laboratory (Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture).

How can I get involved?

If you are a member of the UCD community – staff or student – who would like to join the Ancient Foods research group, please contact the Director of the research group, Dr Meriel McClatchie, by email:

You will be added to our mailing list, which will provide information about our upcoming events.

We will also post notice of upcoming events here >>