Professor Willems was a prominent archaeologist of the Roman period and a world leader in international heritage policy. From 2006-2013 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University and under his inspiring leadership the Faculty grew into an internationally recognised centre of excellence for archaeological education and research. A founder member and former Secretary and President of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) he was a leading advocate for archaeology and archaeological heritage management in Europe. A leading figure on the global stage Professor Willems was also co-chairman of the International Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management, ICOMOS.
Congratulations to Dr Eileen Reilly (IRC Postdoctoral Fellow at UCD School of Archaeology) and her colleague Prof Fraser Mitchell (TCD) for their paper just published in 'The Holocene', "Establishing chronologies for woodland small hollow and mor humus deposits using tephrachronology and radiocarbon dating.
Congratulations to Dr Meriel McClatchie, NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UCD School of Archaeology, and her colleagues Prof. Dorian Fuller and Dr Chris Stevens, Institute of Archaeology, University College London for their new paper, “Routine activities, tertiary refuse and labor organization: social inferences from everyday archaeobotany”, published by the University of Arizona Press in the monograph “Ancient plants and people: contemporary trends in archaeobotany”
Professor Ron Pinhasi, UCD School of Archaeology and UCD Earth Institute, has published a paper, with an international team of scientists, that describes a new process that enables scientists to systematically analyse ancient DNA from a series of skeletons from the same region and check for known genetic markers including lactose intolerance.
This year our focus is on the immediate surrounds of the main monastic complex investigating anomalies identified in our geophysical survey including a potential early enclosure ditch.