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Neil Carlin

Teaching Fellow

School Of Archaeology
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: 716 8384
Email: neil.carlin@ucd.ie

Biography

Currently I am a Teaching Fellow in the UCD School of Archaeology and am coordinating our Level 1 teaching with a view to improving the quality of the first year student experience within our school. I am passionate about the provision of first-rate university teaching and pastoral care and appreciate their important role in enhancing students¿ knowledge and well-being.
 
My teaching is strongly informed by my research which concentrates upon the Neolithic and Bronze Age of Ireland and Britain in their European contexts. I focus on issues of inter-regional contact and cultural relations during the 3rd millennium BC by examining the social role of depositional practices and the use of material culture in the construction of social identity. 

Originally I studied Philosophy and graduated with a B.A from University College Dublin in 2001, but subsequently obtained a M.A in Archaeology at Queens University Belfast in 2005. I have over 10 years experience in the archaeological services sector working on the excavation, post-excavation and publication of numerous sites in Ireland.
 

I completed my PhD on the Beaker phenomenon in Ireland at UCD in 2011 under the supervision of Dr. Joanna Brück. My doctoral thesis synthesised the large body of data from new and old discoveries of Beaker artefacts in Ireland to produce a regional study of the character and context of Beaker-associated social practices. The depositional treatment of Beaker-associated artefacts within settlements, funerary monuments, ceremonial settings and natural places was examined and placed within its European context. This revealed that their deposition formed part of a highly structured interlinked system of social practices conducted in accordance with long standing traditions.
 
In September 2014, I completed a two year IRC funded postdoctoral research project on the Irish Late Neolithic studying the depositional treatment of Grooved Ware and associated objects in Ireland to characterise Late Neolithic ceremonial, settlement and funeral practices in Ireland. By applying the same ground-breaking methodology as my doctorate, I identified over 100 new Grooved Ware sites including 25 Late Neolithic timber circles, many of which were not previously recognised as such. Strong similarities between the architectural principles and depositional practices of passage tombs and Grooved Ware-associated monuments (particularly timber circles) were observed. My research demonstrates that the adoption of Grooved Ware in Ireland actually occurred as part of the Middle Neolithic passage tomb tradition and that there is much more continuity in practices between that period and the Late Neolithic than previously recognised. 


 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: UCD Teaching Excellence award
       

Conference Contributions

Warren, G., McDermott, C., Carlin, N., Davis, S., Elliott, I., Kelly, N., Lewis, H. , NÍ Lionáin, C., Sands, R. & Seaver, M. (2015) Recent archaeological research in Glendalough. [Invited Lecture], Glendalough Heritage Forum, Education Centre, Glendalough , 08-MAY-15 - 08-MAY-15.
Brück, J. and Carlin, N.; (2008) Searching for the Chalcolithic: continuity and change in the Irish Final Neolithic/Early Bronze Age. [International Refereed Conference], Prehistoric Society conference, 'Is there a British Chalcolithic: people, place and polity in the later 3rd millennium', Bournemouth, England , 19-APR-08 - 19-APR-08.
   

Education

Year 2011 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: PhD in Archaeology
Year 2001 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject: Arts Degree
         

Publications

Books

Carlin, N; Walsh, F; Clarke, L (2008) The M4 Kilcock-Enfield-Kinnegad Roadway: The Archaeology of Life and Death on the Boyne Floodplain. Dublin: National Roads Authority. [Details]
Carlin, N (2017) The Beaker Phenomenon? Understanding the character and context of social practices in Ireland 2500-2000 BC. Leiden: Sidestone Press. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

Carlin, N; Cooney, G (2017) 'Transforming our understanding of Neolithic and Chalcolithic society (4000-2200 BC) in Ireland' In: Michael Stanley (eds). Stories of Ireland's Past: knowledge gained from NRA roads archaeology. Dublin: Transport Infrastructure Ireland. [Details]
Carlin, N (2016) 'The timber circle and the Grooved Ware and Beaker discoveries at Armalughey' In: Victoria Ginn (eds). Road to the West: The Archaeology of the A4 / A5 Road Improvements Scheme from Dungannon to Ballygawley. Belfast: Lagan Ferrovial and Northern Archaeological Consultancy for TransportNI. , pp.194-210 [Details]
Carlin, N.; O'Connell T.J. and O'Neill, N (2014) 'The Neolithic Discoveries on the Carlow Bypass' In: C. Moloney, D. Shiels and T. Bolger (eds). A journey along the 'Carlow Corridor'. Dublin: NRA Scheme Monograph. [Details]
Clarke, L. and Carlin, N. (2009) 'From focus to locus. A window upon the development of a funerary landscape' In: M.B. Deevy & D. Murphy (eds). Places Along the Way: first findings on the M3. Dublin: National Roads Authority Monograph. , pp.8-20 [Details]
Carlin, N. (2011) 'Into the West: placing Beakers within their Irish contexts' In: A. M. Jones & G. Kirkham (eds). Beyond the Core: Reflections on Regionality in Prehistory. Oxford: Oxbow. , pp.87-100 [Details]
Carlin, N. and Brück, J. (2012) 'Searching for the Chalcolithic: continuuity and change in the Irish Final Neolithic/Early Bronze Age' In: Allen, M., Sheridan, A. and McOmish, D (eds). The British Chalcolithic: people, place and polity in the later third millennium. Oxford: Prehistoric Society/Oxbow. , pp.193-210 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Carlin, N (2017) 'Get into the Groove: exploring the relationship between Grooved Ware and developed passage tombs'. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 83 . [Details]
Carlin, N (2017) 'Scotland in Later Prehistoric Europe'. European Journal of Archaeology, 20 (2):395-400. [Details]

Other Journals

Condit, T; Cooney; G & Carlin, N (2015) 'Visiting Newgrange: science, ritual and curiosity. Heritage Guide No. 67' Archaeology Ireland . [Details]
Hay, G & Carlin, N. (2014) 'Translating Ceramics: Neolithic to digital, to contemporary social objects¿' Ceramics Ireland (34) :44-47. [Details]
Clarke, L; Carlin, N (2006) 'Life and Death in County Meath' Archaeology Ireland 78 :22-25. [Details]

Conference Publications

Carlin Neil (2014) 'Keep going, sure it's grand¿: understanding the Irish Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age The archaeology of disaster and recovery. Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) conference 2013 [Details]

Published Reports

Warren, G., McDermott, C., Rice, K. & Carlin, N. (2013) Archaeological Excavations at Lugduff Townland, Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2012: Stratigraphical Report. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
                                                                                                               

Research

Research Interests

The Neolithic and Bronze Age of Ireland and Britain, particularly the social role of material culture in the 3rd millennium BC. I have a particular interest in detecting patterning in the archaeological record which represent the residue of deliberate actions and can be used to infer past social practices.

IRC Post-doctoral Fellowship - Understanding the Irish Late Neolithic: Grooved Ware in Context: From October 2012 to September 2014, I studied the depositional treatment of Grooved Ware and associated objects in Ireland to understand how and why these objects occur in the Irish archaeological record in the manner that they do. I used this information to characterise Late Neolithic ceremonial, settlement and funeral practices in Ireland. By applying the same ground-breaking methodology as my doctorate, I identified over 100 new Grooved Ware sites including 25 Late Neolithic timber circles, many of which were not previously recognised as such. Strong similarities between the architectural principles and depositional practices of passage tombs and Grooved Ware-associated monuments (particularly timber circles) were observed. My research demonstrates that the adoption of Grooved Ware in Ireland actually occurred as part of the Middle Neolithic passage tomb tradition and that there is much more continuity in practices between that period and the Late Neolithic than previously recognised.


Ph.D awarded 2012: A proper place for everything: the character and context of Beaker depositional practice in Ireland. My doctorate explored the introduction of a suite of novel material culture including the first metals (known collectively as the Beaker phenomenon) to Ireland at the beginning of the Bronze Age (2450-2050 BC). I provided a detailed account of how new (foreign) practices were incorporated into an Irish milieu, suggesting that increasing interest in external contacts was one of numerous gradual changes over the preceding Late Neolithic and that there was far less social upheaval than previously believed.
     

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I build knowledge and inspire questions about the present by teaching past human-centred stories. I believe in the transformative power of critical thinking to make the world a better place. My teaching employs active-learning techniques that engage, enable and empower students to learn together to make their own judgements.

Modules Coordinated

201600   ARCH30520     Archaeology: Archaeology and the Public
201600   ARCH10050     Archaeology: Intro archaeology of Ireland
201600   ARCH20200     Archaeology: Stone Age & Megalithic Europe