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Aidan O'Sullivan

School of Archaeology

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Biography

I am a Professor in UCD School of Archaeology. I was appointed to UCD as a College Lecturer in September 2000, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005 and to an Associate Professorship in 2014. I have been Head of UCD School of Archaeology (2012/2013) and Deputy Head of School (2011-2014).  I am a Member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (MIAI) and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), London. Academic awards include an IRCHSS Senior Research Scholarship in 2002-2003, a UCD President's Research Fellowship in 2004-2005 and I was an invited Visiting Professor at Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) at the University of Rennes I, France in May 2010.

I was born and raised in Valleymount, in the west Wicklow mountains, and from walking to archaeological monuments with my father, I gained an interest in Irish archaeology, history and folklore. I was awarded a BA (1988) in Archaeology and Early Irish History at UCD; an MA (1991, First Class) in Archaeology at UCD and a PhD (2004) for my doctoral thesis, The social and ideological roles of crannogs in early medieval Ireland at the Department of History, NUI Maynooth. I previously taught as a Visiting Professor of Celtic Archaeology at the Celtic Studies Programme, St Michael's College, University of Toronto (Canada, Spring 2000) and as an occasional Lecturer in the Department of History, NUI Maynooth (1997-1999). 

Research

My research is focused on three principal areas:

Early medieval Ireland in its northwest European context
My own research focuses on early medieval settlement and landscape, on social identity and materiality, and on interdisciplinary research combining historical sources, archaeology and palaeoecology. I am Principal Investigator of the Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), the Heritage Council INSTAR-funded UCD/QUB (and partners) collaborative research project seeking to create knowledge, through books, papers, online reports and other resources, from the extensive data gathered in early medieval archaeological excavations in Ireland. EMAP's reports (see www.emap.ie to download reports) include major studies on early medieval dwellings and settlements, early medieval griculture, early medieval crafts and industry, the early medieval economy in Ireland and bibliographies of early medieval archaeology in Ireland and beyond). I have directed several early medieval archaeological excavations of my own, including at an early medieval pilgrims' church and graveyard at Templeteenaun, Co. Wicklow, of a early medieval crannog at Coolure Demesne, Co. Westmeath and of an early medieval wooden bridge at Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly (see here for a brief account).

I lead UCD School of Archaeology's Early Medieval Research and Viking Age Research Group (EMVARG) of Postdoctoral Fellows, PhD and MA students - the largest and most successful (i.e. in terms of postgraduate scholarship awards) research group investigating early medieval archaeology in Ireland. Since 2005, I have mentored four Postdoctoral Research Fellowship projects (three IRC Fellows in Dr Stephen Harrison, Dr Eileen Reilly and Dr Alvaro Carvajal Castro and one Dr Garrett Fitzgerald NUI Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Humanities in Dr Meriel McClatchie). I have also supervised thirteen PhD theses (seven to completion) on the early medieval archaeology of Britain and Ireland. I have supervised c.30 MA theses; three of my MA students were awarded the UK's Medieval Settlement Research Group (MSRG) John Hurst Prize for the Best Thesis on Medieval Settlement in Britain and Ireland, including Triona Nicholl, (2004) Experimental archaeology and early medieval houses; Jonathan Kinsella (2005) Locating the poor and unfree: early medieval low-status settlement in Ireland and Niamh Arthur (2009) The Viking Age longphort in Ireland. 

Key publications:

O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F., Kerr, T. and Harney, L. 2014 Early Medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100. The evidence from archaeological excavations. Royal Irish Academy. Dublin.
 
O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F., Kerr, T.R., Harney, L. and Kinsella, J. 2014 Early Medieval Dwellings and Settlements in Ireland, AD 400-1100. BAR International Series 2604, Archaeopress. Oxford.

McCormick, F., Kerr, T.R., McClatchie, M., and O'Sullivan, A. 2014 Early Medieval Agriculture, Livestock and Cereal Production in Ireland, AD 400-1100. BAR International Series 2647 Archaeopress. Oxford.

Wetland archaeology and environments across the world
My research explores how past peoples engaged with dynamic wetland environments across time, in Ireland in particular but also globally. My wetland archaeology publications investigate different aspects of past social identity and linkages to wetlands lifeways and practices. Recent wetland archaeological projects have included archaeological investigations of early medieval crannogs and lake dwellings in Ireland, and intertidal archaeological surveys on the Fergus estuary, Co. Clare (2007-11), with its spectacular medieval fishing complex at Boarland Rock. I have been involved in collaborative research links with colleagues in France for a project on Medieval fishweirs in northwest Europe. Prior to my appointment at UCD, between 1992-2000, I was a Project Director of the Lake Settlement Project in The Discovery Programme , where I also directed a pioneering archaeological survey of the Shannon estuary (1992-2000) and for EHS, N. Ireland, of Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland (1996). I have widespread experience in the commercial, research and academic archaeological sectors, having worked on numerous archaeological excavations and environmental consultancy projects in Ireland, Britain, Switzerland and France.

Key publications:
Van de Noort, R. and O'Sullivan, A. (2006) Rethinking Wetland Archaeology Duckworth, London/New York. 

Menotti, F. and O'Sullivan, A. (eds. 2013) The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Experimental archaeology and Ancient Technologies
I am a Board member of EXARC, the international network of experimental archaeologists and open-air museums around the world. I am the Director of the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Ancient Technologies, which is UCD School of Archaeology's facility for experimental archaeology teaching and research. I teach 2 undergraduate courses in experimental archaeology and have supervised several PhDs and MA students with an emphasis on experimental archaeology. I co-ordinate the active 'UCD Experimental Archaeology' Facebook group with over 1,400 members around the world, linking Irish experimental archaeologists with colleagues everywhere. I was a co-organiser of the 9th Experimental Archaeology Conference (EAC9), held at University College Dublin and the Irish National Heritage Park, 18-19 January, 2015, and have previously been an academic adviser to the Irish National Heritage Park open-air museum, at Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford, Ireland (particularly on aspects of their early medieval and Viking Age reconstructions). 

Teaching

My teaching tends to explore how people in the past used places, objects, animals and their environments to create and inhabit social worlds that are very different than our own, and thence reveal the potential diversity of the human experience. I am Module Co-ordinator for several undergraduate and graduate modules in UCD School of Archaeology

Professional Activities

I am a Member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (MIAI) and was recently elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA, London). As a professional Irish archaeologist, I have previously been Vice-Chair and Board Member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) (2007-2008; 2004-2008); and a member of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology (2004-2008), the Council of The Prehistoric Society (2000-2003); the Council of The Discovery Programme (1998-2003) and the Council of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Other professional activities include acting as:

PhD External Examiner for doctoral theses at New York University (NYU) (USA), University of London (UK), University of Nottingham (UK, 2 times), University of Manchester, James Cook University (Australia), University of Wales at Newport (Wales) and the University of Ulster at Coleraine (N. Ireland). Dissertation or Comprehensive Exam Committee member for PhD theses at University of Pennsylvania (USA) and Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland (Canada)

External Examiner for the BSc in Applied Archaeology at Institute of Technology, Sligo (2009-2012) and previously was External Examiner for the MSc in Maritime Archaeology, at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Ulster at Coleraine (N. Ireland).

External National Assessor for applications to the Irish IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholarships and NUI Travelling Studentships.

International Assessor for research project applications to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, The Dutch Research Council); also the Odyssee Research Programme in The Netherlands, and for the Croatian Agency of Science and Higher Education (for the Croatian Scientific Centres of Excellence Programme, 2014).

Invited international archaeological project adviser to the 'Past Societies' project in Poland, which is writing a 5-volume archaeology of Poland up until AD 1000, included attending as one of two invited foreign archaeologists at a project workshop at Biskupin, Poland, October 2013.

Peer reviewer for numerous papers in international scientific journals, including AntiquityCurrent Anthropology, Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology, Journal of Archaeological ScienceInternational Journal of Palaeopathology, Medieval Archaeology, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, Journal of Wetland Archaeology, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy and numerous papers for edited international conference proceedings.

Member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Wetland Archaeology; Journal of the North Atlantic, Journal of Maritime Archaeology; Journal of Irish Archaeology and Archaeology Ireland.

Co-organiser of many archaeological conferences, including 9th Experimental Archaeology Conference (EAC9, 2014), Experimental Archaeology in Northwest Europe (2011); Early Medieval settlements in Northwest Europe (2010), Wetland Archaeology in Ireland and Beyond (2009), Fishing and Coastal Communities in northwest Europe (2009), as well as the popular Archaeology Ireland annual conferences; Stories of our Past (2007), The Body, Dress and Jewellery (2006), Food, Culture and identity (2005).  For the international Sixth World Archaeology Congress (WAC-6), held in Dublin (2008), I was a member of the National Organising Committee and the Programme Committee and also organised a major theme on Wetland Archaeology across the World.

I have been invited to speak at many conferences, seminars and events, and at universities in USA, Canada, UK (e.g. Manchester, Oxford, Hull, Bangor, Glasgow), Ireland and Europe and was also an invited Irish speaker in April 2005 for the Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI), lecturing on early medieval Ireland at Irish-American venues in New York, Connetticut, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, Kansas and other places and has also been an invited lecturer at Appalachian State University and East Carolina University, North Carolina (March 2006).

However, really significant career achievements included once playing for Wicklow (U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-21) hurling teams and winning two Junior Hurling Championship medals with Valleymount in 1985 and 1990. Recently, I've started playing hurling again in my back garden with our two little boys, Cóilín (who is 6) and Dáire (who is 4) and would expect from their skills, that they will both win All-Ireland Hurling Championship medals in 2031 with Dublin, Clare or perhaps even... Wicklow.

 

 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2002.
Title: IRCHSS Senior Research Scholarship 2002/2003
Year: 2004.
Title: UCD President's Research Fellow 2004/2005

Associations

Association: IAI (Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland), Function/Role: Member; former Vice Chair (2007-2008), Member of Board of Directors (2004-2008) and RIA National Committee for Archaeology IAI Representative (2004-2008)
Association: EAA (European Association of Archaeologists), Function/Role: Member
Association: WAC (World Archaeological Congress), Function/Role: Member; Deputy Academic secretary and member of Local Working Group, National Committee for WAC-6 in Dublin
Association: Friends of Medieval Dublin, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

O'Sullivan, A. (2012) The Fergus estuary and its islands: investigating maritime cultural landscapes and traditions in Co. Clare. [Invited Lecture], Institute of Irish Archaeologists Conference: Coastal Communities from the Mesolithic to the Modern, Galway, Galway , 20-APR-12 - 21-APR-12.
O'Sullivan, A. (2012) Discovering Ireland's Intertidal Archaeology: A case-study of the Fergus estuary, Co. Clare. [Invited Lecture], Secrets of the Deep: Discovering Ireland's Shipwrecks, National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks , 24-NOV-12 - 24-JAN-13.
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.
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.
O'Sullivan, A.; (2009) The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) and investigating archaeological excavations in Ireland, 1930-2004. [Invited Lecture], The Archaeology of Early Medieval Wales in Context: Early Medieval Wales Archaeology Research Group 25th Anniversary Colloquium, Dept. of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, Bangor University, Wales , 25-APR-09 - 26-APR-09.
O'Sullivan, A.; (2009) Warriors, legends and heroes - the earliest evidence for hurling. [Invited Lecture], GAA 125 Celebrations, GAA Museum, Croke Park, Dublin , 26-MAR-09 - 26-MAR-09.
O'Sullivan, A.; (2009) Prehistoric and medieval fishweirs on the Shannon estuary. [Invited Lecture], Fishweirs and coastal communities in north-west Europe: an archaeological workshop (19th September 2009), UCD School of Archaeology , 19-SEP-09 - 19-SEP-09.
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.
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., 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, 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., 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.
O'Sullivan, A.; (2008) The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) and archaeological excavations in Ireland, 1930-2005. [Invited Lecture], University of Glasgow Dept. of Archaeology Graduate Research Seminars, University of Glasgow , 17-OCT-08 - 17-OCT-08.
O'Sullivan, A. and Kerr, T.; (2008) The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP): A UCD/QUB INSTAR-funded collaborative research and graduate training programe. [Invited Lecture], UCD/QUB Inaugural Research Symposium, UCD Research Centre, Dublin , 19-JUN-08 - 19-JUN-08.
O'Sullivan, A.; (2008) Closing Address. [Invited Lecture], Early Medieval farming - corn or cattle?: Agricultural History Society Annual Conference, Dept. of Archaeology, UCC/ Jury's Hotel, Cork , 20-JUN-08 - 20-JUN-08.
Aidan O'Sullivan; (2007) Opening address: Stories of our past. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Archaeology Ireland Conference: Stories of our Past, UCD , 17-NOV-07.
Aidan O'Sullivan; (2007) Archaeological excavations of a medieval pilgrim's church at Templeteenaun, Co. Wicklow. [Invited Oral Presentation], RIA Committee for Archaeology Research Seminar, RIA, Dublin , 06-NOV-07.
Aidan O'Sullivan; (2007) Early medieval farmsteads: exploring the materiality of daily life and practice. [Invited Lecture], Agricultural History Society of Ireland annual conference, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks , 01-NOV-07.
Aidan O'Sullivan; (2007) Medieval pilgrimage in the Wicklow Mountains: recent archaeological discoveries along St. Kevin's Road. [Invited Lecture], Wicklow Mountains National Park Lecture Series, Glendalough , 26-JUL-07.
Perceptions of the Medieval Landscapes Studies (POMLAS); (2007) Discussant of session on medieval wetlands landscapes. [Chaired Session], Medieval Landscapes, Unversity of Exeter , 06-JUN-07.
Aidan O'Sullivan; (2007) Islands, seascapes and memories: our western islands and imagining a Gaelic Ireland. [Keynote Address], AYIA Annual Archaeological Conference 2007, UCD , 23-FEB-07.
Aidan O'Sullivan; (2006) Bridge-building, power and politics in early medieval Ireland: underwater archaeological excavations of an early medieval wooden bridge at Clonmacnoise. [Invited Lecture], University of Wales Bangor, Dept. of History and Welsh History Archaeology Research Seminars, Dept. of History and Welsh History, University of Wales, Bangor , 02-MAY-06.
Aidan O'Sullivan; (2006) People and their worlds in early medieval Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Medieval Irish History and Archaeology Lecture Series, East Carolina University, N. Carolina, USA , 02-MAR-06.
Aidan O'Sullivan; Living at the edge? Maritime archaeological perspectives on early medieval Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Maritime History and Archaeology Colloquium: peoples of the sea: aspects of the maritime world of ancient and early medieval Europe, UCD School of Classics .
Aidan O'Sullivan; (2006) Living at the edge: Maritime archaeology in early medieval Ireland. [Invited Lecture], East Carolina University: Medieval Irish and English Culture symposium, East Carolina University, N. Carolina, USA , 03-MAR-06.
Aidan O'Sullivan; (2005) Food, culture and identity: opening address. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Archaeology Ireland Conference 2005: Food, culture and identity, UCD , 12-NOV-05.
OSullivan, A.; (2003) Fortunate Isles encounters with islands in early medieval Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Association for Environmental Archaeology Islands conference, QUB, Belfast (April 2003), QUB, Belfast , 15-APR-03 - 15-APR-03.
OSullivan, A.; (2003) Living a wet life? Place, memory and identity in estuarine landscapes,. [Oral Presentation], 10th International Wetland Archaeological Research Project conference, Olympia, Washington, USA (April 2003), Olympia, WA, USA , 15-APR-03 - 15-APR-03.
OSullivan, A.; From the trees to the hearth: exploring woodcraft in early Ireland,. [Oral Presentation], Small things remembered, Archaeology Ireland annual conference, UCD (November 2002), UCD .
OSullivan, A.; House and home: interpreting domestic space in early medieval Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Irish Conference of Medievalists, NUI Maynooth, (July 2002), NUI Maynooth .
OSullivan, A.; People of the sea in early medieval Ireland, AD 400-800. [Oral Presentation], 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, USA (May 2002), Kalamazoo, USA .
OSullivan, A.; Estuarine archaeology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Society of Antiquaries of Scotland seminar on alluvial archaeology, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (May 2002), Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh .
OSullivan, A.; Ebb and flow interpreting community, place and tradition in estuarine landscapes. [Oral Presentation], Landscapes and Seascapes, Prehistoric Society conference, Sheffield (February 2002), Sheffield .
OSullivan, A.; Wetland archaeology fine in practice, but will it work in theory?. [Oral Presentation], TAG in Ireland, Dublin, (December 2001), Dublin .
OSullivan, A.; (2001) People of the lakes? interpreting the archaeology of early medieval lake settlement in Ireland,. [Oral Presentation], Cultural Responses to Wetland Landscapes, British Academy conference, London (February 2001), London , 20-FEB-01 - 20-FEB-01.
OSullivan, A.; Landscapes of movement and travel in early medieval Ireland,. [Oral Presentation], Society for American Archaeology conference, Philadelphia, USA (April 2000), Philadelphia, USA .
OSullivan, A.; Viking-Age rural settlement in Ireland, AD 800-1000,. [Oral Presentation], 34th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, USA (May 1999), Kalamazoo, USA .
OSullivan, A.; Crannogs places of resistance in the contested landscapes of late medieval Ireland, AD 1534-1600. [Oral Presentation], World Archaeology Congress 4, Capetown, South Africa (January 1999), Capetown, South Africa .

Committees

Committee : External Examiner, Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Ulster at Coleraine
Committee : WAC-6, deputy academic secretary; member of national organising committee, Programme committee.
Committee : Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Archaeology (IAI Representative, 2004 - 2007)
Committee : Vice-Chair (Acting) of Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (2007/2008) (member of Board of Directors; 2004 - 2007)
Committee : Council Member of The Prehistoric Society (London) (2000-2003)
Committee : Council Member of The Discovery Programme (1998-2003)
Committee : Council member of Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (1998-2000)
Committee : Non-executive Director of Cultural Resource Development Services Ltd (2000-2004)
Committee : Editorial Board of The Journal of the North Atlantic
Committee : Council member of Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (1998-2000)
Committee : Editorial Board of The Journal of Maritime Archaeology
Committee : Hon. Treasurer of Irish Association of Professional Archaeologists (IAPA) (1995-1998)
Committee : member of IAPA standing committees on wetland archaeology and maritime archaeology (1996-1998
Committee : Agricultural History Society of Ireland, founder and committee member (2003-)
Committee : Member of Steering Group of Network for Underwater Archaeology (NUA) (1998 - 2003)
Committee : Member of Steering Group of Submerged Landscapes Archaeological Network (SLAN)
             

Publications

Books

Kerr, T.R., Doyle, M., Seaver, M., McCormick, F. and O'Sullivan, A. (2015) Early medieval crafts and production in Ireland, AD 400-1100. The evidence from rural settlements. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series 2707. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F., Kerr, T.R., and Harney, L. (2014) Early Medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100. The evidence from archaeological excavations. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F. Kerr, T.R., Harney, L. and Kinsella, J. (2014) Early Medieval Dwellings and Settlements in Ireland, AD 400-1100. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series 2604, Archaeopress. Available Online [Details]
McCormick, F., Kerr, T.R., McClatchie, M, and O'Sullivan, A. (2014) Early Medieval Agriculture, Livestock and Cereal Production in Ireland, AD 400-1100. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series 2647, Archaeopress. Available Online [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Breen, C.; (2011) Maritime Ireland: an Archaeology of Coastal Communities (2nd ed.). Stroud: The History Press. Available Online [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., Sands, R. and Kelly, E.P.; (2007) Coolure Demesne crannog, Lough Derravaragh; An introduction to its archaeology and landscapes. Bray: Wordwell. Available Online [Details]
Van de Noort, R. and O'Sullivan, A.; (2006) Rethinking Wetland Archaeology. London and New York: Duckworth Books. Available Online [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2004) The social and ideological roles of crannogs in early medieval Ireland. Unpublished PhD thesis. NUI: Dept. of Modern History, NUI Maynooth. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2001) Foragers, farmers and fishers in a coastal landscape: An intertidal archaeological survey of the Shannon estuary. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. Available Online [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2000) Crannogs: lake dwellings of early Ireland. Dublin: Town House. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1998) The archaeology of lake settlement in Ireland. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

O'Sullivan, A. (2016) 'Early Medieval defended settlement enclosures in Ireland in the 9th and 10th centuries AD' In: Neil Christie and Hajnalka Herold (eds). Fortified settlements in early medieval Europe: Defended communities of the 8th-10th centuries. Oxford and Philadelphia: Oxbow Books. , pp.14-25 [Details]
Loveluck, C. and O'Sullivan, A. (2016) 'Travel, Transport and Communication to and from Ireland, c. 400-1100: an Archaeological Perspective' In: R. Flechner & S. Meeder (eds). The Irish in Early Medieval Europe Identity, Culture and Religion. London: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.19-37 Available Online [Details]
Kerr, T.R., McCormick, F., and O'Sullivan, A. (2015) 'Early medieval crafts in early medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100. A brief overview' In: Kerr, T.R., Doyle, M., Seaver, M., McCormick, F. and O'Sullivan, A (eds). Early medieval crafts and production in Ireland, AD 400-1100. The evidence from rural settlements. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series 2707. , pp.1-21 [Details]
Sørensen, T. and O'Sullivan, A. (2014) 'Experimental archaeology in Ireland: its past and potential future' In: J. Reeves Flores and R. Paardekooper (eds). Experiments Past: Histories of Experimental Archaeology. Leiden: Sidestone Press. , pp.47-65 Available Online [Details]
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]
McCormick, F., O'Sullivan, A. and Kerr, T.R. (2014) 'The farming landscape of early medieval Ireland' In: F. McCormick,T.R. Kerr, M. McClatchie and A. O'Sullivan (eds). Early Medieval Agriculture, Livestock and Cereal Production in Ireland, AD 400-1100. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series 2647. , pp.1-38 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., and Kinsella, J. (2013) 'Living by a sacred landscape: interpreting the early medieval archaeology of the Hill of Tara and its environs, AD 400-1100' In: M. O'Sullivan, K. Rice and M. Doyle (eds). Tara: from the past to the future. Bray: Wordwell. , pp.321-344 [Details]
Menotti, F. and O'Sullivan, A.; (2013) 'General Introduction to the Handbook' In: F. Menotti and A. O'Sullivan (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2013) 'Europe's wetlands from the Migration Period to the Middle Ages: Settlement, exploitation and transformation, AD 400-1500' In: F. Menotti and A. O'Sullivan (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.41-84 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (2012) 'Physical landscape and environment in Westmeath' In: P. Stevens & J. Channing (eds). Settlement and Community in the Fir Tulach Kingdom: Archaeological Excavation on the M6 & N52 Road Schemes. Dublin: National Roads Authority/Westmeath Co. Council. , pp.7-12 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (2012) 'The archaeology of early medieval settlement and landscape in Westmeath' In: P. Stevens & J. Channing (eds). Settlement and Community in the Fir Tulach Kingdom: Archaeological Excavation on the M6 & N52 Road Schemes. Dublin: National Roads Authority/Westmeath Co. Council. , pp.13-24 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2011) 'Daily life and practice in an early medieval rath: encountering early Irish society through archaeology, history and palaeoecology' In: C. Corlett and M. Potterton (eds.) (eds). Settlement in Early Medieval Ireland in the light of recent excavations. Bray: Wordwell. , pp.343-353 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (2011) 'Preface' In: C. Corlett and M. Potterton (eds). Settlement in Early Medieval Ireland in the light of recent excavations. Bray: Wordwell. , pp.3-5 [Details]
Harney, L., Kinsella, J. and O'Sullivan, A.; (2011) 'County Dublin: some observations on the historiography of early medieval excavation and research, 1930-2005' In: Seán Duffy (eds). Medieval Dublin XI. Dublin: Four Courts Press. Available Online [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2009) 'Early medieval crannogs and imagined islands' In: G. Cooney, K. Becker, J. Coles, M. Ryan and S. Sievers (eds). Relics of Old Decency: Archaeological studies in later prehistory; Festschrift for Barry Raftery. Dublin: Wordwell. , pp.79-87 [Details]
Russell, I., Moore, C., O'Sullivan, A. and Ginn, V.; (2011) 'Killoteran 9 - early medieval vertical watermill' In: J. Eogan and E. Shee (eds). Cois tSiúire - Nine Thousand Years of Human Activity in the Lower Suir Valley. Archaeological excavations on the route of the N25 Waterford City Bypass. Dublin: NRA Scheme Monographs, No. 8. National Roads Authority. , pp.37-48 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2009) 'On pilgrimage to Glendalough' In: Joe Fenwick (eds). Lost and Found II: Rediscovering Ireland's Past. Bray: Wordwell. , pp.285-294 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2008) 'The Western Islands: Ireland's Atlantic islands and the forging of Gaelic Irish national identities' In: G. Noble, T. Poller, J. Raven and L. Verrill (eds). Scottish Odysseys: The Archaeology of Islands. Stroud: Tempus. , pp.172-190 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2008) 'Preface' In: C. Corlett (eds). Beneath the Poulaphuca Reservoir: The 1939 Poulaphuca Survey of the lands flooded by the Liffey Reservoir Scheme. Dublin: The Stationary Office. , pp.xxiii [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Deevy, M.; (2008) 'Bronze Age trees, woodland and wood technology' In: M Doody (eds). The Ballyhoura Hills Project. Bray: Discovery Programme Monographs 7. , pp.457-472 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2008) 'Houses in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland' In: C. Snyder (eds). Early Peoples of Britain and Ireland: An Encyclopedia. Westport/Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing. , pp.310-319 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (2008) 'Dublin' In: C. Snyder (eds). Early Peoples of Britain and Ireland: An Encyclopedia (2 Vols.). Westport/Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing. , pp.194-196 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (2008) 'Lindow Man' In: C. Snyder (eds). Early Peoples of Britain and Ireland: An Encyclopedia. Westport/Oxford: Greenwood. , pp.359-360 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (2008) 'Bog bodies' In: C. Snyder (eds). Early Peoples of Britain and Ireland: An Encylopedia. Westport/Oxford: Greenwood. , pp.73-74 [Details]
Brady, C., Byrnes, E., Cooney, G. and O'Sullivan, A.; (2008) 'An archaeological study of the Battle of the Boyne at Oldbridge, Co. Meath' In: T. Pollard and I. Banks (eds). Scorched Earth: Studies in the Archaeology of Conflict. Leiden/Boston: Brill. , pp.53-78 [Details]
Lyttleton, J. and O'Sullivan, A.; (2008) 'Post-Medieval marshland reclamation in Ireland: a case study from the Shannon estuary' In: A. Horning (eds). The Post-Medieval Archaeology of Ireland, 1550-1850. Bray: Wordwell. , pp.217-224 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Van de Noort, R.; (2007) 'Temporality, cultural biography and seasonality: rethinking time in wetland archaeology' In: J. Barber et al (eds). Archaeology from the wetlands: recent perspectives. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland. , pp.67-77 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Sands, R.; (2007) 'Impressive, well-appointed, rich and enigmatic: Coolure Demesne crannog, Lough Derravarragh, Co. Westmeath' In: J. Barber et al (eds). Archaeology from the wetlands: recent perspectives. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland. , pp.303-311 [Details]
Van de Noort, R. and O'Sullivan, A.; (2007) 'Places, perceptions, boundaries and tasks: rethinking landscapes in wetland archaeology' In: J. Barber et al (eds). Archaeology from the wetlands: recent perspectives. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland. , pp.79-89 [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2005) 'Contributions on 'Houses', 'Diet and Food', 'Fishing', 'Crannogs', 'Woodlands'' In: S. Duffy (eds). Medieval Ireland: an Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2003) 'A day in the life of a medieval fisherman and of an intertidal archaeologist' In: J. Fenwick (eds). J. Fenwick (ed) Lost and found: discoveries in Irish archaeology. Bray: Wordwell. , pp.233-246 [Details]
Mandal, S., O'Sullivan, A., Byrnes, E., Weddle, D. and Weddle, J. (2004) 'Archaeological experiments in the production of stone axeheads' In: E. Walker, F. Wenban-Smith and F. Healy (eds). Lithics in Action. Oxford: Oxbow Books. , pp.116-123 [Details]
Breen, C. and OSullivan, A.; (2002) 'Underwater archaeology in the Republic of Ireland' In: C. Rupée and J. Barstead (eds). C. Rupee and J. Barstead (eds) The International Handbook of Underwater Archaeology. California: Plenum. , pp.401-418 [Details]
Lyttleton, J. and O'Sullivan, A (2002) 'Post-medieval marshland reclamation in Ireland - a case study from the Shannon estuary' In: R. O Baoill, C. Donnelly and A. Horning (eds). The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Ireland 1550-1850. Bray: Wordwell. , pp.55-65 [Details]
McErlean, T. and OSullivan, A.; (2002) 'Foreshore tidal fishtraps' In: T. McErlean, R. McConkey and W. Forsythe (eds). T. McErlean, R. McConkey & W. Forsythe (eds) Strangford Lough: an archaeological survey of its maritime cultural landscape. Belfast: Blackstaff. , pp.144-180 [Details]
OSullivan, A., Forsythe, W. and McErlean, T.; (2002) 'The submerged landscape' In: In T. McErlean, R. McConkey and W. Forsythe (eds). T. McErlean, R. McConkey & W. Forsythe (eds) Strangford Lough: an archaeological survey of its maritime cultural landscape. Belfast: Blackstaff. , pp.127-130 [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2001) 'Crannogs places of resistance in the contested landscapes of early modern Ireland' In: In B. Bender and M. Winer (eds), Berg, Oxford (eds). Contested landscapes: landscapes of movement and exile. , pp.87-101 [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2001) 'Crannogs in late medieval Gaelic Ireland, c.1350 c.1600' In: In P.J. Duffy, D. Edwards and E. Fitzpatrick (eds), , Four Courts Press, Dublin (eds). Gaelic Ireland: Land, lordship and settlement, c.1250-c.1660. , pp.397-417 [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2001) 'Last foragers or first farmers? Interpreting an early prehistoric wetland occupation site in the Shannon estuary, Republic of Ireland' In: In R. Young (ed.), Leicester Archaeology Monographs 7, Leicester (eds). Mesolithic lifeways: current research in Britain and Ireland. , pp.153-154 [Details]
OSullivan, A. and Deevy, M.B.; (2000) 'Wooden artefacts' In: In A. Halpin, Four Courts Press, Dublin (eds). The port of medieval Dublin: archaeological excavations at the Civic Offices, Winetavern Street, Dublin 1993. , pp.162-167 [Details]
OSullivan, A. 2000; (2000) 'The wooden waterfronts: a study of their construction, carpentry and use of trees and woodlands' In: In A. Halpin , Four Courts Press, Dublin (eds). The port of medieval Dublin: archaeological excavations at the Civic Offices, Winetavern Street, Dublin 1993. , pp.62-92 [Details]
OSullivan, A. and Deevy, M.B.; (2000) 'Medieval boat and ships timbers' In: In A. Halpin, Four Courts Press, Dublin (eds). The port of medieval Dublin: archaeological excavations at the Civic Offices, Winetavern Street, Dublin 1993. , pp.118-136 [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2000) 'People, place and time on the Shannon estuary, Ireland the archaeology of the estuarine foreshore' In: In L. Bonnamour (ed.), -, Editions Errance, Paris (eds). Archéologie des fleuves et des riveriéres. , pp.118-121 [Details]
OSullivan, A. and Daly, A.; (1999) 'Prehistoric and medieval coastal settlement and wetland exploitation in the Shannon estuary, Ireland' In: In B.J. Coles, J. Coles and M.S. Jørgensen (eds), University Press (eds). Bog bodies, sacred sites and wetlands Archaeology. , pp.177-184 [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1998) 'Woodmanship and the supply of timber and underwood to Anglo-Norman Dublin' In: In C. Manning (ed.), , Wordwell, Dublin (eds). Dublin and beyond the Pale: Studies in honour of Patrick Healy. , pp.63-73 [Details]
OSullivan, A. and Boland, D.; (1997) 'An early medieval wooden bridge at Clonmacnoise' In: In F.J.G. Mitchell and C. Delaney (eds.) (eds). The Quaternary of the Irish Midlands., Field Guide 21, Irish Association for Quaternary Studies, Dublin. , pp.14-21 [Details]
Halpin, A. and OSullivan, A.; (1997) 'Selfbows' In: In M.F., Hurley and O.B. Scully (eds.), Waterford Corporation, Waterford (eds). Late Viking Age and Medieval Waterford: excavations 1986-1992. , pp.546-548 [Details]
Brunning, R. and OSullivan, A.; (1997) 'Bronze Age wood species selection and woodworking techniques' In: In N. Nayling and A. Caseldine (eds.),CBA Research Report 108, York (eds). Excavations at Caldicot, Gwent: Bronze Age palaeochannels in the Lower Nedern Valley. , pp.163-187 [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1996) 'Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age woodworking techniques' In: In B. Raftery -, IAWU Trans. 3, Dublin (eds). Trackway excavations in the Mount Dillon Bogs, Co. Longford, 1985-1991. , pp.291-342 [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1995) 'Intertidal archaeological survey and estuarine wetlands in North Munster, Ireland' In: In M. Bell (ed.), SELRC, Lampeter (eds). Archaeology in the Severn Estuary 1994. , pp.145-155 [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1994) 'Trees, woodland and woodsmanship in early mediaeval Ireland' In: In J. H. Dickson and R. Mill (eds), , Royal Botanical Society of Scotland, Edinburgh (eds). Plants and people: economic botany in northern Europe AD 800-180. , pp.674-681 [Details]

Edited Books

Menotti, F. and O'Sullivan, A (Ed.). (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available Online [Details]
C. Corlett and A. O'Sullivan (Ed.). (2002) Wicklow Archaeology and History Vol. 2. Bray: Reprint Ltd. [Details]
C. Corlett and A. O'Sullivan (Ed.). (1998) Wicklow Archaeology and History Vol. 1. Bray: Reprint Ltd. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Sands, R., O'Sullivan, A., Daly, A. and Dillon, M. (2016) 'Old maps, channel change, serendipity and loss: medieval fishweirs on the Fergus Estuary, Co. Clare, Ireland'. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 16 . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Daly, A., O'Sullivan, A. & Sands, R. (2014) 'Chronology, Culture and Archaeology: Precision Chronology of Wetland Structures Using Tree-Ring Studies'. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 14 :1-5. [DOI] [Details]
McClatchie, M. McCormick, F. Kerr, T.R., and O'Sullivan, A (2015) 'Early medieval farming and food production: a review of the archaeobotanical evidence from archaeological excavations in Ireland'. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 24 :179-186. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
O'Sullivan, A,Nicholl, T; (2011) 'Early medieval settlement enclosures in Ireland: dwellings, daily life and social identity'. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C: Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History, Linguistics and Literature, 111 :59-90. [DOI] [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2008) 'Early medieval houses in Ireland: Social identity and dwelling spaces'. Peritia, 20 :225-256. [Details]
Brady, C., Byrnes, E., Cooney, G. and O'Sullivan, A.; (2008) 'An archaeological study of the Battle of the Boyne at Oldbridge, Co. Meath'. Journal of Conflict Archaeology, 3 :53-77. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2007) 'Exploring past people's interaction with wetland environments in Ireland'. Proceedings of Royal Irish Academy, 107C :147-203. Available Online [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2005) 'Medieval fishtraps on the Shannon estuary, Ireland: Interpreting people, place and identity amongst wetland communities'. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 35 (3):65-77. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2003) 'Place, memory and identity among estuarine fishing communities: interpreting archaeology of early medieval fish weirs'. World Archaeology, 35 (3):449-468. [Details]
Condit, T. and OSullivan, A.; (1998) 'Landscapes of movement and control: interpreting prehistoric hillforts and fording-places on the River Shannon'. Discovery Programme Reports, 5 :25-39. [Details]
Grogan, E., OSullivan, A., OCarroll, F. and Daly, A.; (1998) 'Knocknalappa, Co. Clare: a reappraisal'. Discovery Programme Reports, 5 :111-124. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1998) 'Interpreting the archaeology of Bronze Age lake settlements'. Journal of Irish Archaelogy, 8 :115-121. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1996) 'Later Bronze Age intertidal discoveries on North Munster estuaries'. Discovery Programme Reports, 4 :63-72. [Details]
Grogan, E., Condit, T. O' Carroll, F., O' Sullivan, A. and Daly, A.; (1996) 'Tracing the later prehistoric landscape in North Munster'. Discovery Programme Reports, 4 :26-46. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1995) 'Intertidal archaeological surveys in the estuarine wetlands of North Munster'. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 24 (1):71-73. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1995) 'Wood technology and raw materials. In Godbold, S. and Turner, R.C. Medieval fishtraps in the Severn estuary'. Medieval Archaeology, 38 :19-54. [Details]
Grogan, E., Condit, T., O'Carroll, F. and O'Sullivan, A.; (1994) 'A preliminary assessment of the prehistoric landscape of the Mooghaun study area'. Discovery Programme Reports, 2 :47-56. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1993) 'An Early Historic period fishweir on the upper Fergus Estuary, Co. Clare'. North Munster Antiquarian Journal, 35 :52-61. [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]
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]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2009) 'Irish, Norse and Inuit: Early medieval voyages of exploration in the North Atlantic' Nimrod: The Journal of the Ernest Shackleton Autumn School 3 :51-68. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Kenny, N.; (2008) 'A matter of life and death? Early medieval quernstones' Archaeology Ireland 22 (4) :8-11. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2006) 'Discovering ancient landscapes under the sea' Archaeology Ireland 20 :12-17. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (2003) 'The Harvard Archaeological Expedition and the politics of the Irish Free State' Archaeology Ireland 66 :10-13. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2002) 'Living with the dead amongst hunter-gatherers' Archaeology Ireland 63 :10-13. [Details]
Cooney, G., Byrnes, E., Brady, C. and O¿Sullivan, A. (2002) 'The archaeology of the Battle of the Boyne at Oldbridge, Co. Meath' Archaeology Ireland 62 :8-12. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2001) 'Being Neolithic settling down and moving about?' Archaeology Ireland 56 :8-9. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (2001) 'Other sorts of homecoming' Archaeology Ireland 58 (5) . [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1998) 'To make a difference' Archaeology Ireland 46 (3) . [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Boland, D. (1998) 'Medieval Irish engineers bridge the River Shannon' Discovering Archaeology 1 :32-37. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1998) 'Warriors, legends and heroes - the archaeology of hurling' Archaeology Ireland 45 :32-34. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1998) 'Crannogs in contested landscapes' Archaeology Ireland 44 :14-15. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1997) 'Medieval fishtraps at Bunratty, Co. Clare' The Other Clare 21 :40-42. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (1997) 'Neolithic and Bronze Age discoveries on the Shannon estuary, Ireland' Past: Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society 26 :6-7. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., McErlean, T., McConkey, R. and McCooey, P. (1997) 'Medieval fishtraps in Strangford Lough, Co. Down' Archaeology Ireland 39 :36-38. [Details]
OSullivan, A.; (1996) 'Exploring ancient woodlands' Archaeology Ireland 36 :14-15. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Boland, D. (1996) 'An Early Christian wooden bridge on the River Shannon at Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly' NewsWARP 20 :23-25. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., Mcconkey, R., McErlean, T. and McCooey, P. (1996) 'Early medieval fishtraps on Strangford Lough, Co. Down' NewsWARP 20 :5-8. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Condit, T.; (1995) 'Late Bronze Age settlement and economy by the Fergus estuary marshlands, Co. Clare' The Other Clare 19 :5-9. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (1995) 'Medieval fishweirs on the Deel estuary, Co. Limerick' Archaeology Ireland 32 :15-17. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (1995) 'Marshlanders: Bronze Age people and landscape on the Shannon estuary' Archaeology Ireland 31 :8-11. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (1995) 'Medieval fishweirs and coastal settlement in North Munster' Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Newsletter 4 :3-5. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Halpin, A. (1994) 'The craft of the bowyer in thirteenth-century Waterford' NewsWARP 15 :11-13. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (1995) 'Later Bronze Age wooden structures on the intertidal foreshore in North Munster, Ireland' NewsWARP 17 :14-18. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (1994) 'Harvesting the waters: fishtraps in early Ireland' Archaeology Ireland 27 :10-12. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (1994) 'The craft of the medieval carpenter: some hints from book illuminations' IAPA Newsletter 19 :18-22. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (1992) 'Trees and woodland in early medieval Ireland: an ethnohistorical approach' NewsWARP 11 :3-7. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. (1992) 'North Munster Research Project: Archaeology of the Wetlands' NewsWARP 12 :18-19. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A.; (1990) 'Wood in archaeology' Archaeology Ireland 14 :69-73. [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

Kerr, T., McCormick, F., Doyle, M., Seaver, M. and O'Sullivan, A. (2012) Industrial Activity on Rural Secular Sites in Ireland, A.D. 400-1100. Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), UCD/QUB. Available Online [Details]
McCormick, F., Kerr, T., McClatchie and O'Sullivan, A. (2011) The Archaeology of Livestock and Cereal Production in Early Medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100. Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), UCD/QUB. Available Online [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F., Harney. L., Kinsella, J. and Kerr, T. (2010) Early Medieval Dwellings and Settlements in Ireland, AD 400-1100: Vol. 1 Text. The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), University College Dublin/Queens University Belfast. Available Online [Details]
Kerr, T., Harney, L., Kinsella, J., O'Sullivan, A. and McCormick, F. (2010) Early Medieval Dwellings and Settlements in Ireland, AD 400-1100: Vol. 2 Gazetteer of Site Descriptions. The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), University College Dublin/Queens University Belfast. Available Online [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]
Harney, L., O'Sullivan, A., McCormick, F., Kerr, T., Kinsella, J., McClatchie, M., Reilly, E., Keating, D., Seaver, M., and O'Hara, R. (2010) A Bibliography of Early Medieval Archaeology in Ireland: Version 3. 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., 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, F., Kerr, T. and Harney, L.; (2008) Early Medieval Ireland: Archaeological Excavations 1930-2004. Heritage Council INSTAR, UCD School of Archaeology. Available Online [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]
O'Sullivan, A., Kelly, E.P. and Sands, R.; (2005) Archaeological Investigations of a Crannog at Coolure Demesne, Co. Westmeath: Report to National Monuments Service. UCD School of Archaeology, UCD. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A., Kelly, E.P. and Sands, R.; (2005) Archaeological survey and excavation of an early medieval crannog at Coolure Demesne, Lough Derravarragh, Co. Westmeath. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Dillon, M.; (2005) Intertidal archaeological survey of Bronze Age structures and medieval fishtraps on the Fergus estuary, Co. Clare. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. [Details]
O'Sullivan, A. and Warren, G.M.; (2005) Archaeological excavations of a medieval church and enclosure at Templeteenaun, (Ballinagee twd), Co. Wicklow, 2005. UCD School of Archaeology, UCD. [Details]
                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests

I have been Principal Investigator and Project Director of several archaeological research projects exploring these subjects. Since my appointment at UCD, I have been awarded a range of research grants by IRCHSS, Heritage Council, RIA and INSTAR amongst others, and have also supported many successful PhD and post-doctoral scholarships applications, all amounting to a total of over 2.3 million euros in grant awards. My research interests revolve around 3 key areas and I would welcome contacts from any potential MA/PhD students or Postdoctoral Fellows also interested in these general themes.

Early medieval Ireland in its northwest European contexts: people, settlements and their landscapes, AD 400-1200

I am Principal Investigator (P.I.), with Dr Finbar McCormick, of the INSTAR Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), funded by UCD Seed Funding (2007), the Heritage Council (2008) and the Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) programme (2008-2013).My own research on early medieval Ireland explores how people organised their settlements and landscapes, to negotiate and perform particular social identities (ethnicity, kinship, social status, gender and community). With the support of an IRCHSS Senior Research Scholarship (2002/2003), I completed my PhD on early medieval crannogs and island dwellings in Ireland (my related books include The archaeology of lake settlement in Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, 1998; Coolure Demesne crannog: an introduction to its archaeology and landscapes (Wordwell, 2007) and Crannogs in early medieval Ireland, (Four Courts Press, forthcoming 2008). As a UCD President's Research Fellow (2005/2006), I began research for a book provisionally entitled Early medieval people and their landscapes in Ireland, AD 400-1100. I have recently written peer-reviewed articles on early medieval settlement enclosures (PRIA 2011); early medieval houses (Peritia 2008), on early medieval coastal landscapes and early medieval fishing practices (World Archaeology 2004). I lead the UCD Early Medieval and Viking Age Research Group (EMVARG) and supervise several PhDs on early medieval Britain and Ireland.

Wetlands and Maritime Archaeology 

My interests in coastal and wetland archaeology encompass the ways that past peoples interacted with wet environments, whether they are estuaries, lakes or boglands. In the past, I completed ancient wood technology reports from various prehistoric waterlogged and urban medieval archaeological sites (including Viking Age houses and medieval waterfronts). Previous publications have included The archaeology of lake settlement in Ireland (Royal Irish Academy 1998); Foragers, farmers and fishers in a coastal landscape: an intertidal archaeological survey of the Shannon estuary (Royal Irish Academy 2001) and (with Robert van de Noort) Rethinking Wetland Archaeology (Duckworth 2006), which explores theoretical and interpretative potential of wetland archaeological investigations and (with Colin Breen) Maritime Ireland: an archaeology of coastal communities (Tempus 2007) and am on the steering group of Submerged Landscapes Archaeological Network (SLAN). I was a co-editor with Prof Francesco Menotti of The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology (Oxford University Press, 2013)
 
Experimental archaeology and Ancient Technologies
I am a Board member of EXARC, the international network of experimental archaeologists and open-air museums around the world. I am the Director of the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Ancient Technologies, which is UCD School of Archaeology's facility for experimental archaeology teaching and research. I teach 2 undergraduate courses in experimental archaeology and have supervised several PhDs and MA students with an emphasis on experimental archaeology. I co-ordinate the active 'UCD Experimental Archaeology' Facebook group with over 1,500 members around the world, linking Irish experimental archaeologists with colleagues everywhere. I was a co-organiser of the 9th Experimental Archaeology Conference (EAC9), held at University College Dublin and the Irish National Heritage Park, 18-19 January, 2015, and have previously been an academic adviser to the Irish National Heritage Park open-air museum, at Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford, Ireland (particularly on aspects of their early medieval and Viking Age reconstructions).  


 

 

 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Royal Irish Academy (RIA)
Title : 2010 Templeteenaun Excavations
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-10 / 30-APR-11
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : 2010 Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-10 / 10-DEC-10
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : Fergus estuary and islands: final survey phase
Start Date / End Date : 20-APR-12 / 20-DEC-12
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : 2012: EMAP 2: The Economy of early medieval Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-12 / 31-DEC-12
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : 2013 EMAP 2: The Economy of early medieval Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-13 / 13-DEC-13
Sponsor : National Museum of Ireland
Title : Tender for the Provision of Project Management Services for the Dublin Excavations Publication Project (DEPP)
Start Date / End Date : 11-MAY-14 / 30-SEP-14
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Damaged goods ? Recording and representing use-patterns of bronze age metalwork
Start Date / End Date : 31-MAR-14 / 31-DEC-14
Sponsor : Royal Irish Academy (RIA)
Title : 2014 Iniscealtra Post-Excavation
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-14 / 31-DEC-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Early Medieval and Viking House Project
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-15 / 30-SEP-16
Sponsor : Royal Irish Academy (RIA)
Title : 2015 Iniscealtra Post-Excavation
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-15 / 31-DEC-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Experimental Archaeology in Northwest Europe/HII Event
Start Date / End Date : 31-AUG-11 / 30-SEP-11
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Living with the dead in early medieval Ireland.
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-11 / 30-SEP-12
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : Early Medieval Archaeology Project 2: The Origins of the Irish Economy
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-11 / 30-NOV-11
Sponsor : Office of Public Works (OPW)
Title : Experimental Archaeology Project
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-11 / 31-DEC-11
Sponsor : Office of Public Works (OPW)
Title : Early Medieval Settlements in Northwest Europe, AD 400-1100 International Conference
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-10 / 30-APR-11
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Living with the church in early medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100: Archaeological perspectives on the sacred and profane
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-10 / 30-SEP-11
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : 2010 Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-10 / 10-DEC-10
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : 2010 Templeteenaun Excavations
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-10 / 30-APR-14
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : Fergus estuary and islands: Discovering a maritime historic landscape in Co. Clare
Start Date / End Date : 28-FEB-10 / 30-NOV-10
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Viking Graves? Death, Burial and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland and Britain
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-09 / 30-SEP-10
Sponsor : Royal Irish Academy (RIA)
Title : 2009 Templeteenaun Excavations
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-09 / 30-APR-10
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : Islands in Time: The Maritime Cultural Landscapes of the Fergus Estuary's Islands, Co. Clare
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-09 / 27-NOV-09
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Early Medievaal Fishweirs: Early Medieval Fishing and Coastal Communities in Northwest Europe: Phase 1 - A Commparative Studies Project Investigating Early Fishweirs in Ireland and France
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-09 / 31-DEC-09
Sponsor : HEA/PRTLI Cycle 4 Grant
Title : In Tirechan's footprints: an archaeology of the early medieval Collectanae
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-08 / 31-AUG-12
Sponsor : Royal Irish Academy (RIA)
Title : 2008 Templeteenaun Excavations
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-08 / 31-MAR-09
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : EMAP-INSTAR
Start Date / End Date : 21-APR-08 / 05-DEC-09
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : EMAP 2: Early Medieval Archaelogy Project Phase II
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-08 / 28-NOV-08
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Early medieval archaeology project (EMAP): from data to knowledge
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-07 / 31-MAR-10
Sponsor : Royal Irish Academy (RIA)
Title : 2007 ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS AT TEMPLETEENAUN, CO WICLOW
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-07 / 01-DEC-08
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : EARLY MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT (HC)
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-07 / 01-MAR-09
Sponsor : Royal Irish Academy (RIA)
Title : Archaeological excavations at Templeteenaun, Co. Wicklow
Start Date / End Date : 08-MAR-05 / 31-MAR-06
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : Investigating an early Medieval Royal Crannog at Coolure Demesne Co. Westmeath
Start Date / End Date : 19-APR-04 / 01-NOV-04

Recent Postgraduates

Post-Doctoral Fellowships Mentored

Harrison, Stephen (2009-2011) Viking Furnished Graves: Early Medieval Death and Burial in Britain and Ireland (IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2011; mentor and colleague for this fellowship)

PhDs Awarded

Greene, Sharon, 2009 Settlement, Identity and Change on Connacht's Atlantic Isles, AD 400-1100 (IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholar) (PhD awarded December 2009)

Nugent, Louise 2010 Medieval Pilgrimage in Ireland, AD 600-1600 (PhD awarded, January 2010)

Doyle, Maureen, 2011 Dress, Ornament and Bodily Identities in Early Medieval Ireland: an Archaeology of Personhood (UCD Ad Astra Scholar; awarded February 2011)

Nicholl, Triona 2011 'Houses, Dwelling Spaces and Daily Life in Early Medieval Ireland: an Experimental Archaeological Approach' (IRCHSS Scholar; awarded February 2011)
 

Boyd, Rebecca, (forthcoming) Norse Houses in Ireland and Western Britain, AD 800-1100: a Social Archaeology of Dwellings, Ethnicity and Cultural Identity (UCD Ad Astra Scholar; currently on sabbatical)

Dolan, Brian, (forthcoming) The social and Technological Context of Ironworking in early medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100 (IRCHSS Scholar; NUI Travelling Scholar; Marie Curie Fellow).

Keating, Denise, (forthcoming) Early medieval childhood in Ireland: perspectives from archaeology and human osteology' (PhD; IRCHSS Scholar; supervised with Dr. Helen Lewis) 

Current PhD students

O' Hagan, Terry (forthcoming) In Tírechan's footprints: an archaeology of the early medieval Collectanea (UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies (GII) Scholar)

Seaver, Matt (forthcoming) Living with the dead: Early medieval cemetery/settlements, AD 400-1100 (PhD: IRCHSS Scholar, previously supported by INSTAR and CRDS)

Harney, Lorcan (forthcoming) Living with the church in early medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100: Archaeological perspectives on the sacred and profane (IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholar)

I have acted on Doctoral Supervisory Panels (DSP) for these PhD scholars:

O'Donnell, Lorna 'People and Woodlands: an Investigation of Wood and Charcoal Remains as Indicators of Cultural Selection and Local Environment in Prehistoric Ireland' (supervised by Dr. Rob Sands)

Corliss, Adrienne, 'Woodturning and the Woodturners in Viking Age and Anglo-Norman Dublin, and their association with the surrounding woodlands' (supported by National Museum of Ireland; supervised by Dr. Rob Sands)


Current Postgraduate Students

Paul Stevens, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Brendan O Neill, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Martin Duffy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

As an archaeological lecturer, I explore how people use buildings, material culture and their environments to create different social worlds, to reveal the diversity of the human condition. I use story-telling techniques, active-learning and problem-oriented teaching and fieldtrips to place students at the heart of their own learning experience.
         

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Eileen Reilly (IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, UCD School of Archaeology and consultant Environmental Archaeologist)

Dr Álvaro Caravajal Castro (IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCD School of Archaeology)

Dr Robert Sands (UCD School of Archaeology; Fergus estuary and Islands project)

Dr Graeme Warren (UCD School of Archaeology; Templeteenaun project)

Conor McDermott (UCD School of Archaeology; Fergus estuary and Islands project; Templeteenaun project)

Dr Stephen Harrison (UCD School of Archaeology; Vikings graves in Britain and Ireland)

External Collaborators

Dr Chris Loveluck, University of Nottingham (currently Visiting Associate Professor, University of Harvard)

Dr Finbar McCormick, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queens University Belfast 
(co-Principal Investigator of the Early Medieval Archaeology Project: EMAP)

Dr Thomas Kerr, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queens University Belfast (Early Medieval Archaeology Project: EMAP)

Dr Vincent Bernard (CNRS, University of Rennes, France; Medieval fishweirs in northwest Europe project)

Dr Aoife Daly (Dendro.dk and UCD School of Archaeology; Culture, Chronology and Change Project; Fergus estuary and Islands project)

Prof Robert van de Noort, University of Exeter (co-author, Rethinking Wetland Archaeology, Duckworth, London and New York.)

Prof Francesco Menotti, Institute of Prehistory and Archaeological Science, University of Basel, Switzerland (co-editor, The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology)