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Conor McDermott

Laboratory and Field Officer

School Of Archaeology
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168668
Email: conor.mcdermott@ucd.ie

Biography

I graduated from University College Dublin in 1988 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Geography and worked on a number of wetland and urban archaeological projects before joining the Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit (IAWU) in UCD when it was established in 1990. I became Acting Director in 1996 and subsequently Director from 1998-2005. During my time with the IAWU I was involved in the survey of 3,500 sites and participated in and directed a number of important excavations and consultations. These include Clonfinlough Late Bronze Age settlement site, Co. Offaly, crannogs at Bofeenaun and Frenchgrove, Co. Mayo and Derryville Bog, Co. Tipperary.

In August 2005 I joined the UCD School of Archaeology as Laboratory and Field Officer specialising in excavation and post-excavation work as well as directing, managing and participating in a wide range of research projects. These include the Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe (Ireland) project, UCD School of Archaeology Field School excavations at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow and the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Ancient Technologies. I have also provided consultancy services on wetland archaeology and woodworking to a number commercial and research projects.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Member of Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (MIAI), Function/Role: Member
Association: URMAN (University Research Managers and Administrators Network), Function/Role: Member
Association: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Association of Archaeologists, Function/Role: Member
Association: World Archaeological Congress, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

McDermott, C., Seaver, M, & Warren, G. (2017) The Glendalough Heritage Forum. [Invited Lecture], Community Archaeology in Wicklow, Brockagh Resource Centre, Wicklow , 27-MAY-17 - 27-MAY-17.
McDermott, C., Seaver, M. & Warren, G. (2017) Recent Archaeological Fieldwork at Glendalough: community engagement, research, management, teaching. [Invited Lecture], STRATA Uncovering Layers of Archaeology: Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Conference 2017, Dublin , 31-MAR-17 - 01-APR-17.
McDermott, C., Seaver, M. & Warren, G. (2016) We need to talk about Kevin: Recent archaeological research in Glendalough. [Invited Lecture], Rathmichael Historical Society 42nd Summer Series, Shankill, Co. Dublin , 18-AUG-16 - 18-AUG-16.
Glendalough Heritage Forum (2016) We need to talk about Saint Kevin: Recent archaeological research in Glendalough. [Invited Lecture], Glendalough Heritage Forum, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow , 29-JAN-16 - 29-JAN-16.
McDermott, C., Seaver, M. & Warren, G. (2015) We need to talk about St. Kevin: Recent archaeological research in Glendalough. [Invited Lecture], Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Seminar Series, Dublin , 15-OCT-15 - 15-OCT-15.
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.
McDermott, C. & Warren, G. (2013) Recent Archaeological Fieldwork in the Glendalough Valley, Co. Wicklow. [Invited Lecture], Irish Congress of Medievalists 2013, University College Dublin , 10-JUL-13 - 12-JUL-13.
McDermott, C. (2012) Around and beyond the great Iron Age road. [Invited Lecture], Wetland Heritage Ireland: Barry Raftery Memorial Conference, Longford , 09-JUN-12 - 09-JUN-12.
Plunkett, G., McDermott , C., Swindles, G. and Brown, D.; (2011) Building bridges or breaking new ground? A critical examination of peatland activity and past climate change in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Archaeology & Science:Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Spring Conference 2011, Dublin , 01-APR-11 - 02-APR-11.
O'Sullivan, A., McDermott, C. & Warren, G.; (2010) On the tracks of pilgrimage to Glendalough: archaeological excavations of a medieval pilgrims' church and hostel at Templeteenaun, Co. Wicklow. [Invited Lecture], The Early Church in Ireland in the Light of Recent Archaeological Excavations, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland , 12-NOV-10 - 12-NOV-10.
O'Sullivan, A., Warren, G. and McDermott, C.; (2010) On the tracks of Medieval pilgrimage to Glendalough: Archaeological excavations at Templeteenaun church and graveyard, Wicklow Mountains. [Invited Lecture], Revealing the Past: Archaeological Excavations in Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 08-OCT-10 - 08-OCT-10.
O'Sullivan, A., Dillon, M., McDermott, C. & Sands, R.; (2010) Medieval fishweirs at Boarland Rock, Fergus estuary, Co. Clare. [Invited Lecture], Wetland Archaeology in Ireland and Beyond, University College Dublin , 06-FEB-10 - 07-FEB-10.
McDermott, C. & Warren, G.; (2009) Glendalough Valley Project: research and teaching in the Wicklow Mountains. [Invited Lecture], Culture, Environment and Change: Archaeological Research Seminar 2009, University College Dublin , 10-DEC-09 - 10-DEC-09.
O'Sullivan, A., Dillon, M., McDermott, C. & Sands, R.; (2009) The Fergus estuary and its islands: a maritime historic landscape in Co. Clare. [Invited Lecture], Culture, Environment and Change: Archaeological Research Seminar 2009, University College Dublin , 10-DEC-09 - 10-DEC-09.
Plunkett, G., Swindles, G.T., McDermott, C. & Kerr, T.; (2009) A need for criticality in the interpretation of human responses to past climate change: examples from the Irish archaeological record. [Invited Lecture], Pre-Moderm Climate Change: Causes and Human Responses. Stine Rossel Memorial Conference, University of Copenhagen , 21-OCT-09 - 23-OCT-09.
McDermott, C.; (2009) Snatch and grab archaeology: some thoughts on Boarland Rocks fishweirs. Survey and data recording in intertidal environments. [Invited Lecture], Fishweirs and Coastal Communities in North West Europe: an Archaeological Workshop, University College Dublin , 19-SEP-09 - 19-SEP-09.
McDermott, C., La Piscopia, P. & Gowen, M.; (2008) Who Are We? Profiling the archaeological profession at a time of change: Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe (Ireland). [Invited Lecture], Discovering Our Past: Archaeological Research Seminar 2008, University College Dublin , 11-DEC-08 - 11-DEC-08.
O'Sullivan, A., Warren, G., McDermott, C. & Ó Neill, J.; (2008) Medieval pilgrimage in the Wicklow Mountains and archaeological excavations at Templeteenaun, Co. Wicklow. [Invited Lecture], Discovering Our Past: Archaeological Research Seminar 2008, University College Dublin , 11-DEC-08 - 11-DEC-08.
O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F., Kerr, T., Harney, L., Sands, S., McDermott, C., Ó Neill, J., Seaver, M. & O'Hara, R.; (2008) INSTAR Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP): dealing with data and enabling knowledge. [Invited Lecture], Discovering Our Past: Archaeological Research Seminar 2008, University College Dublin , 11-DEC-08 - 11-DEC-08.
O'Sullivan, A, Dillon, M. & McDermott, C.; (2008) Medieval fishweirs at Boarland Rock: an intertidal archaeological survey on the Fergus estuary, Co. Clare. [Invited Lecture], Discovering Our Past: Archaeological Research Seminar 2008, University College Dublin , 11-DEC-08 - 11-DEC-08.
O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F., Kerr, T., Harney, L., Sands, R., McDermott, C., Seaver, M. & O'Hara, R.; (2008) Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP): dealing with data and enabling knowledge. [Invited Lecture], IAI Autumn Conference 2008. New Horizons: advances in technical methods in Irish archaeology, Sligo , 17-OCT-08 - 19-OCT-08.
McDermott, C. & La Piscopia, P.; (2008) The archaeological profession in Ireland: a decade of change. [Invited Lecture], Sixth World Archaeological Congress, Dublin , 29-JUN-08 - 04-JUL-08.
Stanley, M. & McDermott, C.; (2008) Joining the dots: a case study in assessing the potential of Irish peatland survey results. [Invited Lecture], Sixth World Archaeological Congress, Dublin , 29-JUN-08 - 04-JUL-08.
Plunkett, G., Swindles, G., McDermott, C. & Brown, D.; (2008) 'Patterns' of peatland activity and climate change: a critical evaluation. [Invited Lecture], Sixth World Archaeological Congress, Dublin , 29-JUN-08 - 04-JUL-08.
McDermott, C. & La Piscopia, P.; (2008) Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe: Ireland. [Poster Presentation], Sixth World Archaeological Congress, Dublin , 29-JUN-08 - 04-JUL-08.
O'Sullivan, A., Warren, G., McDermott, C. & Nugent, L.; (2008) Medieval pilgrimage to Glendalough: recent archaeological discoveries along St. Kevin's Road. [Invited Lecture], Glendalough Seminar, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland , 23-MAY-08 - 23-MAY-08.
McDermott, C.; (2007) Archaeological Research: Moving from Data to Knowledge. [Invited Lecture], UII Research Directions Workshop: UCD Research and the National Roads Authority, UCD Urban Institute Ireland , 24-OCT-07 - 24-OCT-07.
McDermott, C. & La Piscopia, P.; (2007) Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe: Introduction and Interim Report. [Invited Lecture], Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland: Autumn Conference, Galway , 19-OCT-07 - 21-OCT-07.
Brown, D., Plunkett, G., Swindles, G. & McDermott, C.; (2007) Assessing the contribution of dendrochronology to the reconstruction of palaeoenvironmental and cultural change in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], XVII INQUA Congress 2007, Cairns, Australia , 28-JUL-07 - 03-AUG-07.
McDermott, C., O'Sullivan, A., Warren, G. & Ó Néill, J.; (2007) New and old perspectives on the Irish midlands. [Invited Lecture], 2007 Ireland 8000-2000BC, University College Dublin , 26-MAY-07 - 26-MAY-07.
McDermott, C.; (2007) People and peatlands in the past. [Invited Lecture], International Peatlands Dissemination Event, Tullamore , 14-MAR-07 - 14-MAR-07.
McDermott, C.; (2006) Recent prehistoric evidence near Kilbeggan. [Invited Lecture], Early Industry and Settlement: Recent Excavations in the Midlands, National Roads Authority & Westmeath County Council, Mullingar , 11-NOV-06 - 11-NOV-06.
McDermott, C.; (2006) Demesne or Mearsparkfarm 2' Exception or example?. [Invited Lecture], 2006 Ireland 8000-2000, University College Dublin , 13-MAY-06 - 13-MAY-06.
McDermott, C.; (2006) The testing and mitigation of Wetland Archaeological Heritage. [Invited Lecture], National Roads Authority - building a better road environment, Croke Park, Dublin , 30-MAR-06 - 30-MAR-06.
McDermott, C.; (2006) Peatland Archaeology in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society, Mullingar , 15-MAR-06 - 15-MAR-06.
Stuijts, I. & McDermott, C.; (2005) Wood, charcoal and worked wood. [Invited Lecture], Sense From Samples, UCD School of Archaeology & Cultural Resource Development Services , 05-NOV-05 - 05-NOV-05.
McDermott, C.; (2005) Peatland archaeology in Ireland: Plain and bog, bog and wood; Wood and bog, bog and plain!. [Plenary Lecture], WARP International Wetland Conference, Edinburgh , 21-SEP-05 - 23-SEP-05.
McDermott, C.; (2005) Emerging Bronze Age Landscapes in the Irish Midlands. [Invited Lecture], European Association of Archaeologists 11th Annual Meeting, Cork , 05-SEP-05 - 11-SEP-05.
McDermott, C.; (2004) Prehistoric Farming in the Midlands: Evidence from the Offaly Peatlands. [Invited Lecture], Agricultural History Society of Ireland Conference, Tullamore , 11-JUN-04 - 13-JUN-04.
McDermott, C.; (2001) The Archaeology of Irish Peatlands. [Oral Presentation], International Peat Symposium Study Tour, Offaly , 20-AUG-01 - 20-AUG-01.
McDermott, C.; (2000) The Work of the Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit. [Invited Oral Presentation], Bord na Móna Workshop in Peatland Archaeology, Newbridge , 15-NOV-00 - 15-NOV-00.
McDermott, C.; (1998) Recent Developments in Raised Bog Archaeology: A case study from County Offaly. [Invited Lecture], UCC Archaeological Society, University College Cork , 17-NOV-98 - 17-NOV-98.
McDermott, C.; (1998) Treckers Through Time. [Invited Lecture], WARP in Ireland Conference, University College Dublin , 21-AUG-98 - 23-AUG-98.
McDermott, C.; (1998) Irish Wetland Archaeology and Archaeological Practice. [Invited Lecture], Department of Archaeology, University College Dublin Seminar, University College Dublin , 20-JAN-98 - 20-JAN-98.
McDermott, C. & O Carroll, E.; (1997) Archaeological Sites in Lemanaghan Works, Co. Offaly and Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Association for Quaternary Studies Field Excursion, Longford and Offaly , 04-OCT-97 - 05-FEB-97.
McDermott, C.; (1997) A Raised Bog Perspective. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Professional Archaeologists Conference, Ballinasloe , 22-MAR-97 - 23-MAR-97.
McDermott, C. & Keane, M.; (1997) Irish Peatlands and Peatland Archaeology. [Invited Lecture], LSB Joint Seminar, Dublin Buisness School , 05-MAR-97 - 12-MAR-97.
McDermott, C.; (1996) Features of Historical Interest. [Invited Oral Presentation], Teagasc REPS, Thurles , 02-DEC-96 - 02-DEC-96.
McDermott, C.; (1996) Towards Sustainability. [Invited Lecture], Seminar in Conservation and Development, Dept. of Botany, Trinity College Dublin , 07-NOV-96 - 07-NOV-96.
McDermott, C.; (1996) Irish Wetland Archaeology: A Dry Future. [Invited Lecture], Irish Association of Professional Archaeologists Conference, Sligo , 09-MAR-96 - 10-MAR-96.
Plunkett, G., McDermott, C., Swindles, G.T. & Brown, D.; (2007) Wetland archaeology in Ireland and the bigger picture: a critical assessment of the role of environment in determining past wetland activity. [Invited Lecture], Association for Environmental Archaeology 2007, University College Cork , 17-FEB-07 - 17-FEB-07.
McDermott, C.; (1993) Medieval Wood: a strategy for excavation. [Invited Lecture], Dublin Medieval Studies Group Specialists Conference, Dublin , 12-NOV-93 - 12-NOV-93.
C. McDermott; (1990) The Increasing Importance of Wetlands in the Study of Irish Prehistory. [Invited Lecture], Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society, Mullingar , 30-MAR-90 - 30-MAR-90.

Committees

Committee : Editorial Board of the Journal of Irish Archaeology
Committee : QAQI School Self Assessment Coordinating Committee (SACC)
Committee : European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists 14th International Conference Organising Committee
Committee : School of Archaeology Committee on Research and Innovation
Committee : School of Archaeology Finance Committee
Committee : Wetlands Archaeology in Ireland and Beyond Conference
Committee : Sixth World Archaeological Congress, Poster Committee

Employment

Employer: Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit, University College Dublin
Position: Director
Employer: Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit, University College Dublin
Position: Acting Director
Employer: Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit, University College Dublin
Position: Archaeologist
   

Consultancy

Client: Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland
Client: Discovery Programme
Client: Archaeological Consultancy Services (ACS)
Client: Cultural Resource Development Services (CRDS)
Client: The Archaeology Company
Client: Cultural Resource Development Services (CRDS)

Outreach Activities

UCD Archaeological Field School Public Outreach

UCD School of Archaeology Summer School coordinator

Journals Edited

The Journal Of Irish Archaeology : Editorial Board member.
 

Publications

 

Book Chapters

O'Sullivan, A., Powers, M., Murphy, J., Inwood, N., Gilhooly, B., Kelly, N., Malone, W., Mulrooney, J., Corrigan, C., L'Estrange, M., Burke, A., Kazuro, M., McDermott, C., Warren, G., O'Neill, B. Heffernan, M. and Sweeney, M. (2014) 'Experimental archaeology: making; understanding; story-telling' In: B. Kelly, N. Roycroft and M. Stanley (eds). Fragments of Lives Past : archaeological objects from Irish road schemes. Dublin: National Roads Authority. , pp.115-126 [Details]
Brunning, R. & McDermott, C. (2013) 'Trackways and roads across the wetlands' In: F. Menotti & A. O'Sullivan (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.359-384 [Details]
La Piscopia, P., Sullivan, E.E. & McDermott, C. (2013) 'From feast to famine? The archaeological profession in Ireland in the new millennium' In: J.H. Jameson, K. Aitchison & J. Eogan (eds). Training and Practice for Modern Day Archaeologists. New York: One World Archaeology. Springer. , pp.69-85 [Details]
McDermott, C., Moore, C., Murray, C., Plunkett, G. & Stanley, M. (2009) 'A Colossus of Roads: the Iron Age archaeology of Ireland's peatlands' In: G. Cooney, K. Becker, J. Coles, M. Ryan & S. Sievers (eds). Relics of Old Decency: Archaeological studies in later prehistory. Festschrift for Barry Raftery. Dublin: Wordwell Books. , pp.49-64 [Details]
Plunkett, G. & McDermott, C. (2007) 'Exploring the role of environment in wetland archaeological contexts' In: E.M. Murphy & N.J. Whitehouse (eds). Environmental Archaeology in Ireland. Oxford: Oxbow Books. , pp.227-295 Available Online [Details]
McDermott, C. (2007) ''Plain and bog, bog and wood, Wood and bog, bog and plain!': Peatland archaeology in Ireland' In: Barber, J., Clark, C., Cressey, M., Crone, A., Hale, A., Henderson, J., Housley, R., Sands, R. & Sheridan, A (eds). Archaeology from the Wetlands: recent perspectives. Proceedings of the 11th WARP Conference, Edinburgh 2005. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. , pp.17-30 Available Online [Details]
Moore, C., Murray, C., Stanley, M. & McDermott, C. (2003) 'Bogland surveys in Ireland: forty shades of brown' In: J. Fenwick (eds). Lost and Found: discovering Ireland's past. Bray: Wordwell. , pp.123-138 Available Online [Details]
McDermott, C. (2001) 'Treckers through time: recent archaeological survey results from Co. Offaly, Ireland' In: B. Raftery and J. Hickey (eds). Recent Developments in Wetland Research. Dublin: Seandálaíocht: Mon 2, Dept Archaeol, UCD and WARP. University College Dublin. , pp.13-26 Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
McDermott, C. (2000) 'Archaeological heritage of cutover and cutaway bogs' In: C. O'Connell (eds). Cutover & Cutaway Bogs Education Pack. Dublin: Irish Peatland Conservation Council. , pp.26-33 Available Online [Details]
McDermott, C. (1998) 'The prehistory of the Offaly peatlands' In: W. Nolan & T.P. O'Neill (eds). Offaly History & Society: interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county. Dublin: Geography Publications. , pp.1-28 Available Online [Details]
McDermott, C. (1998) 'The potential protection of archaeological sites from peatlands' In: G. O'Leary and F. Gormley (eds). Towards a Conservation Strategy for the Bogs of Ireland: Proceedings of the Peatlands 2000 Conference. Dublin: Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Available Online [Details]
McDermott, C. (1997) 'Tracing the past at Lemanaghan Bog' In: E. Dooley (eds). Bog Men be Proud: towards a history of Bord na Móna at Boora. Ferbane: Brosna Press. , pp.68-72 [Details]
McDermott, C. & OCarroll, E. (1997) 'Recently identified archaeological sites in Lemanaghan Works, Co. Offaly' In: F.J.G. Mitchell & C. Delaney (eds). The Quaternary of the Irish Midlands. Dublin: Field Guide 21. Irish Association for Quaternary Studies. , pp.40-48 [Details]
McDermott, C. (1995) 'The Wetland Unit field recording system' In: McDermott, C (eds). Blackwater Survey & Excavations, Artefact Deterioration in Peatlands, Lough More, Co. Mayo. Dublin: Trans. Irish Archaeol. Wetland Unit 4. Crannóg Publications. , pp.7-15 [Details]
McDermott, C. (1995) 'Fulacht fiadh in Bofeenaun Townland, Lough More, Co. Mayo' In: McDermott, C (eds). Blackwater Survey & Excavations, Artefact Deterioration in Peatlands, Lough More, Co. Mayo. Dublin: Trans. Irish Archaeol. Wetland Unit 4. Crannóg Publications. , pp.187-196 Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
McDermott, C. (1995) 'A paved way in Bloomhill Bog, Counties Westmeath and Offaly' In: McDermott, C (eds). Blackwater Survey & Excavations, Artefact Deterioration in Peatlands, Lough More, Co. Mayo. Dublin: Trans. Irish Archaeol. Wetland Unit 4. Crannóg Publications. , pp.59-66 [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Moloney, A., Bermingham, B., Jennings, D., Keane, M., McDermott, C. & OCarroll, E. (1995) 'Blackwater maps, townlands list and catalogue' In: Moloney, A., Bermingham, B., Jennings, D., Keane, M., McDermott, C. & OCarroll, E (eds). Blackwater Survey & Excavations, Artefact Deterioration in Peatlands, Lough More, Co. Mayo. Dublin: Trans. Irish Archaeol. Wetland Unit 4. Crannóg Publications. , pp.67-139 [Details]
McDermott, C. (1993) 'Mapping the wetlands' In: McDermott, C (eds). Survey of the Raised Bogs of County Longford. Dublin: Trans. Irish Archaeol. Wetland Unit 1. Crannóg Publications. , pp.9-12 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Plunkett,G., McDermott, C., Swindles, G.T. & Brown, D.M. (2013) 'Environmental indifference? A critique of environmentally deterministic theories of peatland archaeological site construction in Ireland'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 61 :17-31. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Warren, G., McDermott, C., O'Donnell, L. & Sands, R. (2012) ''Recent Excavations of Charcoal Production Platforms in the Glendalough Valley, Co. Wicklow''. The Journal of Irish Archaeology, 21 :85-112. Link to full text [Details]
McDermott, C.; (2009) 'Site location, in G.M. Warren, A. Little, A. & M. Stanley 2009 A late Mesolithic lithic scatter and radiocarbon dates from Corralanna, Co. Westmeath'. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 109C :8-10. [DOI] [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2000) 'Dendrochronological and radiocarbon dates from Co. Offaly'. Medieval Archaeology, 44 :320-321. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F., Kinsella, J., Harney, L., Kerr, T., Seaver, M., O'Hara, R. Sands, R. and McDermott, C. (2010) 'Ireland's Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP)' Society for Medieval Archaeology Newsletter 43 :7-9. [Details]
La Piscopia, P., McDermott, C. & Gowen, M.; (2008) 'The archaeological profession in the Irish economy' The Archaeologist 68 :32-33. [Details]
La Piscopia, P, McDermott, C & Gowen, M.; (2008) 'A snapshot of the archaeological profession in Ireland, 2007' Archaeology Ireland 22(2) :40-43. [Details]
McDermott, C. Moore, C. Murray, C. & Stanley, M.; (2003) 'Bog Standard?' Archaeology Ireland 17(4) :20-23. [Details]
Stanley, M., McDermott, C., Moore, C. & Murray, C.; (2003) 'Throwing off the yoke' Archaeology Ireland 17(2) :6-8. [Details]
McDermott, C., Murray, C., Plunkett, G. & Stanley, M.; (2002) 'Of bogs, boats and bows: Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit survey 2001' Archaeology Ireland 16(1) :28-31. [Details]
Murray, C., Stanley, M., McDermott, C., & Moore, C.; (2002) 'Sticks and stones: Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit Survey 2002' Archaeology Ireland 16(4) :16-19. [Details]
McDermott, C.; (1997) 'Archaeological survey of Lemanaghan Works completed' Scéal na Móna 13 (17) :20-21. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., Dillon, M., Sands, R. & McDermott, C.; (2010) 'The Fergus Estuary and its islands: discovering a maritime historic landscape in Co. Clare' HeritageOutlook Summer 2010 :11-14. Available Online [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (1997) 'Filling in the blanks: an archaeological survey of the Lemanaghan Bogs, Co. Offaly' Archaeology Ireland 11(2) :22-25. [Details]
Guinan, B., McDermott, C. & Wood, L.; (1994) 'A collection of lithic material from Dalkey Island' Trowel: the Journal of the University College Dublin Archaeological Society 5 :46-49. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. & McDermott, C.; (1989) 'A note on experimental hurdle making' Trowel: the Journal of the University College Dublin Archaeological Society 2 :13-16. [Details]
 

Published Reports

Seaver, M., McDermott, C., Warren, G. (2017) Archaeological Excavations at the Monastic Complex, Sevenchurches or Camaderry Townland, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. 2016 Stratigraphical Report. University College Dublin, Dublin. [Details]
Seaver, M., McDermott, C., Warren, G.& Kelly, N. (2016) Archaeological Excavations at the Monastic Complex, Sevenchurches or Camaderry Townland, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. 2015 Stratigraphical Report. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Kelly, N., Warren, G. & McDermott, C. (2015) Further Archaeological Excavations at Trench 10, Pattern Bank, Seven Churches Townland, Glendalough. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Warren, G., McDermott, C., Kelly, N., Ní Lionáin, C. & Seaver, M. (2015) Archaeological Excavations at the Monastic Complex, Seven Churches Townland, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2014: Stratigraphical Report. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
McDermott, C., Ní Lionáin, C. & Warren, G. (2014) Archaeological Excavations at Trench 10, Pattern Bank, Seven Churches Townland, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2014: Stratigraphical Report. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Seaver, M., McDermott, C., Warren, G & Kelly, N. (2014) Archaeological Excavations at Lugduff Townland, Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2013: Stratigraphical Report. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
McDermott, C., Warren, G.M., Ciuchini, P., & Colfer, N. (2011) Archaeological Excavations at Lugduff Townland, Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2010: stratigraphic report. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
McDermott, C., Warren, G.M., Ciuchini, P., & Rice, K (2012) Archaeological Excavations at Lugduff Townland, Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2011: stratigraphic report. UCD School of Archaeology, UCD. Link to full text [Details]
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]
McDermott, C. & La Piscopia, P.; (2008) Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe: Ireland. Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, Dublin. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., Warren, G., McDermott, C. & Lyne, Ed.; (2009) Archaeological Excavations of a Medieval Church and Graveyard at Templeteenaun, Ballinagee Townland, Co. Wicklow 2004-2008: Stratigraphical Report. UCD School of Archaeology. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, McDermott, C., Sands, R., Kerr, T., Harney, L., Kinsella, S., Seaver, M. and O'Hara, R. (2010) The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP): Project Report 200-2010. The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), University College Dublin/Queens University Belfast. Available Online [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., Dilllon, M., Sands, R., McDermott, C., Shaw, R. and Devlin, G.; (2010) The Fergus Estuary and Islands: Discovering a maritime historic landscape in Co. Clare. UCD School of Archaeology/Heritage Council, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F. & McDermott, C.; (2008) Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP): Project Progress Report 2008. UCD School of Archaeology, . Available Online [Details]
           

Reports

McDermott, C. & Nugent, L.; (2005) Preliminary site investigations at St. Kevin's Road, Brockagh Townland, Co. Wicklow. Reports [Details]
McDermott, C. & O'Connor, D.; (2005) Excavations of Eight Archaeological Sites in Demesne or Mearspark Farm, Stonehousefarm and Kilbeggan South Townlands in Advance of the N6 Kinnegad to Athlone Dual Carriage. Westmeath County Council: Reports [Details]
O'Connor, D., McDermott, C. & Stanley, M.; (2004) N6 Kinnegad to Athlone Dual Carriage, Advance Archaeological Investigation, Contract 2: Tyrrellspass to Kilbeggan. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2003) Archaeological Survey Report: Ballycon, Derrycricket & Mountlucas Bogs, Co. Offaly. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2003) Archaeological Survey Report: Derryarkin & Drumman Bogs, Cos Offaly & Westmeath. Reports [Details]
Moore, C. & McDermott, C.; (2003) Report on the examination of the findspot of a bog body (NMI 2003:14) from Clonearl Demesne, Co. Offaly. Reports [Details]
McDermott, C. & Stanley, M.; (2003) Report on timbers at Bunshoon Bridge, Derrynagittagh (Purcell) Townland, Lough Graney, Co. Clare. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2002) Archaeological Survey Report: Cavemount, Esker & Derryhinch Bogs, Cos Meath, Offaly & Westmeath. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2002) Archaeological Survey Report: Clonad Bog, Co. Offaly. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2002) Archaeological Survey Report: Daingean Bog, Co. Offaly. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2002) Peatland Survey 2001: Supplementary Report. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2002) Archaeological Survey Report: Ballybeg Bog, Co. Offaly. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2002) Archaeological Survey Report: Cloncreen Bog, Co. Offaly. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (2000) Draft Catalogue of Archaeological Sites in Toar Bog, Co. Westmeath. Reports [Details]
Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (1996) Final Report on the Archaeological Assessment of part of Derryville Bog 1995. Reports [Details]
                                         

Fact Sheet

Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit; (1996) The Archaeology of Irish Bogs. Fact Sheet [Details]
                                                     

Research

Research Interests

My main research interests focus on wetland landscapes and chronology, waterlogged wood and wood working, archaeological recording, publishing and illustration. I am also interested in the principles and practice of Archaeology with particular reference to methodologies and objectives of surveys and excavation.

As part of my role within the School I contribute to the management of existing research projects such as the publication of excavations at Ballyglass and Behy court tombs, Co. Mayo and the Rath of the Synods at Tara, Co. Meath. I also participate in the design and management of new research projects undertaken by other members of staff and in securing funding for research proposals.
 

Current Research Project Details:

Research Projects

Sponsor : Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Title : 2014 Pattern Bank, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-14 / 31-DEC-14
   

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I am the Module Coordinator for the ARCH40770: Archaeological Field and Laboratory Techniques module in the Graduate MA programmes and contribute lectures to a number of other modules within the School of Archaeology.
         

Collaborators

 

External Collaborators

The environmental context of an Iron Age wooden vessel at Toar Bog, Co. Westmeath (with Dr Gill Plunkett (QUB), Cara Murray  and Eileen Reilly (TCD)).

Critical assessment of the role of environment in determining past wetland activity (with Dr Gill Plunkett (QUB), Dr Graeme Swindles (University of Bradford) & David Brown (QUB)).

The archaeology of Irish Iron Age wetlands (Dr Gill Plunkett (QUB), Michael Stanley (NRA), Cara Murray and Cathy Moore (freelance archaeologists).