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Gabriel Cooney

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Biography

I am from Co. Louth, Ireland and both my parents' families have strong roots there. Growing up by the sea provided an abiding interest in coastal areas and islands. One of the proudest moments in my career was delivering the address at the centenary celebrations of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society. My PhD (1987, UCD, National University of Ireland) was on prehistoric settlement patterns in North Leinster. My career in UCD has been widened and enriched by short teaching engagements in other universities and sabbatical leave (UCD President's Fellowship 1998-9; IRCHSS Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship 2004-5). I was appointed an Associate Professor in 1999, full professor in 2006 and Professor of Celtic Archaeology in 2008. The last decade has seen very significant changes and developments in archaeology in UCD. I served as Head of the Department in 2001-4, as interim director of the College of Arts and Celtic Studies Graduate School in 2005-6 and Head of School (2008-11). I was the Academic Secretary for the sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6) held in Dublin in 2008 with over 1800 participants from around the world. I currently chair the Historic Monuments Council of Northern Ireland and I am member of the Heritage Council.

Publications

Books

Davies, M, MacConville, U and Cooney, G; (2010) A Grand Gallimaufry collected in honour of Nick Maxwell. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
Cooney, G, Becker, K., Coles, J., Ryan, M. and Sievers, S. eds; (2010) Relics of Old Decency: Archaeological Studies in Later Prehistory (A Festschrift for Barry Raftery. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2009) Debates in World Archaeology (World Archaeology volume 41.4). London: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
O'Connor, B., Cooney, G. and Chapman, J. eds; (2009) Materalitas: Working stone, carving identity. Oxford: The Prehistoric Society and Oxbow Books. [Details]
Cooney, G., Downey, L. and O'Sullivan, M.; (2006) Archaeology 2020: Repositioning Irish Archaeology in the Knowledge Society. Dublin: UCD. [Details]
G. Cooney; (2000) Landscapes of Neolithic Ireland. London: Routledge. [Details]
Beinhauer, K.W., Cooney, G., Guksch, C.E., Kus, S. (eds).; (1999) Studien zur Megalithik - Forschungsstand und ethnoarchäologische Perspektiven.. The Megalithic Phenomenon - Recent Research and Ethnoarchaeological Approaches. : Mannheim/Weissbach. [Details]
Cooney, G. and Mandal, S.; (1998) The Irish Stone Axe Project. : Wordwell. [Details]
Condit, T and Cooney, G.; (1997) Brú na Bóinne. : Archaeology Ireland. [Details]
Cooney, G. and Grogan, E.; (1994) Irish Prehistory: A Social Perspective. (Revised paperback edition published 1999). Bray: Wordwell. [Details]

Book Chapters

Cooney, G., Bayliss, A., Healy, F., Whittle, A., Danaher, E., Cagney, L., Mallory, J., Smyth, J., Kador, T. and O'Sullivan, M., T. and O'Sullivan, M.; (2011) 'Chapter 12: Ireland' In: A. Whittle, F. Healy and A. Bayliss (eds). Gathering time: dating the early Neolithic enclosures of southern Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Oxbow Books. , pp.562-669 [Details]
Cooney, G., Mandal, S. and O'Keeffe; (2011) 'The Irish Stone Axe Project: Reviewing progress, future prospects' In: Davis, V. and Edmonds, M (eds). Stone Axe Studies III. Oxford: Oxbow. , pp.427-441 [Details]
Bayliss, A., Healy, F., Whittle, A. and Cooney, G.; (2011) 'Chapter 14: Neolithic narratives: British and Irish enclosures in their timescapes' In: Whittle, A., Healy, F. and Bayliss, A (eds). Gathering Time: Dating the Early Neolithic Enclosures of Southern Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Oxbow. , pp.682-847 [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2010) 'Tracing lines across landscapes: corporality and history in later prehistoric Ireland' In: Cooney, G., Becker, K., Coles, J., Ryan, M. and Sievers, S (eds). Relics of Old Decency: Archaeological studies in Later Prehistory. Dublin: Wordwell. , pp.375-388 [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2010) 'People in Irish Prehistory' In: Davies, M., MacConville, U and Cooney, G (eds). A Grand Gallimaufry collected in honour of Nick Maxwell. Dublin: Wordwell. , pp.159-168 [Details]
O'Connor, B., & Cooney, G.; (2009) 'Materialitas and the significance of stone' In: O'Connor, B., Cooney, G. and Chapman, J (eds). Materialitas: working stone, carving identity. Prehistoric Society Research Papers 1: Prehistoric Society. , pp.xxi-xxv [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2009) 'The role of islands in defining identity and regioality during the Neolithic: the Dublin coastal group' In: Brophy, K. and Barclay, G (eds). Defining a regional Neolithic: the evidence from Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Oxbow. , pp.106-118 [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2009) 'The role of islands in defining identity and regioality during the Neolithic: the Dublin coastal group' In: Brophy, K. and Barclay, G (eds). Defining a regional Neolithic: the evidence from Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Oxbow. , pp.106-118 [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2009) 'Mundane stone and its meaning in the Neolithic' In: O'Connor, B., Cooney, G. and Chapman, J (eds). Materialitas: Working stone, carving identity. Dublin: Wordwell. , pp.64-74 [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2009) 'The prehistory of Lambay, a long view' In: Baker, C (eds). Axes, warriors and windmills: Recent archaeological discoveries in north Fingal. Swords: Fingall County Council. , pp.8-22 [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]
Cooney, G; (2007) 'Working stone: making monuments in the Irish Neolithic' In: Cooney, G; (eds). Cult in Context: Reconsidering Ritual in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow. [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2005) 'Stereo porphyry: quarrying and deposition on Lambay Island, Ireland' In: Cooney, G.; (eds). The Cultural Landscape of Prehistoric Mines. Oxford: Oxbow. [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2005) 'Bird's eye and the body: Megaliths and modern minds' In: Cooney, G.; (eds). Above and beyond: Essays in memory of Leo Swan. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2004) 'Neolithic worlds: islands in the Irish Sea' In: Cummings, V. and Fowler, C (eds). The Neolithic of the Irish Sea: Materiality and Traditions of Practice. Oxford: Oxbow. , pp.145-159 [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2004) 'Neolithic stone axe quarries and production sites in Scotland and Ireland' In: Barclay, G. and Shephard, I (eds). Scotland in Ancient Europe. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. , pp.191-203 [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2004) 'Performance and place: the hoarding of axeheads in Irish prehistory' In: Roche, H., Grogan, E., Bradley, J., Coles, J. and Raftery, B (eds). From Megaliths to Metals: Essays in honour of George Eogan. Oxford: OXbow. , pp.38-43 [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2003) 'An axe in three plays' In: Fenwick, J (eds). Lost and Found. Dublin: Wordwell. , pp.23-33 [Details]
*; (2002) 'So many shades of rock: Colour symbolism and Irish stone axeheads' In: in Jones, A. and MacGregor, G. (eds.) , 93-107. Oxford. Berg. (eds). Colouring the Past. , pp.93-107 [Details]
Cooney, G., Condit, T. and Byrnes, E.; (2001) ''The Archaeological Landscape'' In: in Buttimer, N., Rynne, C., and Guerin, H. (eds.) Cork. The Collins Press. (eds). The Heritage of Ireland. , pp.18-28 [Details]
; (2000) ''Reading a landscape manuscript: A review of progress in prehistoric settlement studies in Ireland'' In: in Barry, T. (ed.) London. Routledge. (eds). A History of Settlement in Ireland. , pp.1-49 [Details]
*; (1999) ''New perspectives'' In: in Cooney, G. and Grogan, E. Irish , Revised paperback edition. Dublin. Wordwell. (eds). Prehistory: A social perspective. , pp.221-237 [Details]
Cooney, G and Champion, S.; (1999) ''Naming the places, naming the stones'' In: in Holtorf, C. and Gazin-Schwartz, A. (eds) London. Routledge (eds). Folklore and Archaeology. , pp.196-213 [Details]
*; (1998) ''Breaking stones, making places'' In: in Gibson, A. and Simpson, D. D.A. (eds) ,Stroud: Sutton Publishing (eds). Prehistoric Ritual and Religion. , pp.108-118 [Details]
*; (1996) ''Nationalism and archaeology in Ireland'' In: in Diaz Andreu, M. and Champion, T. (ed) , London. University College London Press. (eds). Nationalism and Archaeology in Europe. , pp.146-163 [Details]
*; (1992) ''Body Politics and Grave Messages: Irish Neolithic Mortuary Practices'' In: in Sharples, N. and Sheridan, A. (eds) , . Edinburgh. Edinburgh University Press. (eds). Vessels for the Ancestors. , pp.128-114 [Details]
; (1983) ''Megalithic tombs in their environmental setting: a settlement perspective'' In: in Reeves Smyth, T. and Hamond, F. (eds) , . Oxford. British Archaeological Reports, British Series 116. (eds). Landscape Archaeology in Ireland. , pp.179-194 [Details]
*; (1980) ''An archaeological unit for Dublin'' In: in Maxwell, N. (ed) Dublin. O'Brien Press. (eds). Digging up Dublin: A future for our past. , pp.51-61 [Details]

Edited Books

G. Cooney (Ed.). (2007) The Archaeology of World Heritage (Vol 39.3, World Archaeology). London: Routledge Journals, Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Cooney,G (Ed.). (2007) Archaeology in Ireland: A vision for the future. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
G. COONEY, M. O'SULLIVAN AND L. DOWNEY (Ed.). (2006) Archaeology 2020: Repositioning Irish archaeology in the knowledge society. Dublin: University College Dublin. [Details]
G.Cooney (Ed.). (2003) Seascapes (Volume 35.3, World Archaeology). London: Routledge Journals, Taylor and Francis. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Cooney, G.; (2011) 'Introduction: transformations at the quarry face'. World Archaeology, 43 (2):145-148. [Details]
Dolan, B,Cooney, G; (2010) 'Lambay lithics: the analysis of two surface collections from Lambay, Co. Dublin'. Proceedings of Royal Irish Academy, 110 :1-33. [DOI] [Details]
`Cooney, G.; (2009) 'European and global archaeologies'. World Archaeology, 41.4 :626-628. [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2008) 'Engaging with stone: making the Neolithic in Ireland and Western Britain'. Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia, 40 . [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]
G.Cooney; (2007) 'Introduction: The archaeology of world heritage'. World Archaeology, 39.3 :299-304. [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2007) 'Parallel worlds or multi-stranded identities? Considering the process of 'going over' in the Irish Sea zone'. Proceedings of the British Academy, 144 . [Details]
Cooney, G.; (2007) 'In Retrospect: Neolithic Activity at Knockadoon, Lough Gur, 50 years on'. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 107C :215-225. [Details]
Cooney, G; (2006) 'Newgrange - a view from the platform'. Antiquity, 80 :697-708. [Details]
G.cooney; (2003) 'Seeing the land from the sea'. World Archaeology, 35.3 . [Details]
Cooney, G. and Mandal, S.; (2000) ''The Irish Stone Axe Project: Sources for stone axes in Ireland''. Krystalinikum, 26 :45-55. [Details]
Cooney, G; (2000) 'Opening the ground: archaeology and education in Ireland'. Antiquity, 74 :199-203. [Details]
Cooney, G., Mandal, S, and Byrnes, E. ; (1999) ''An Irish Stone Axe Report: Non-porcellanite stone axes in Ulster''. Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 58 :17-31. [Details]
Mandal, S. , Cooney, G., Meighan, I. and Jamison, D.; (1997) ''Using geochemistry to discriminate the porcellanite sources for stone axe production in Ireland''. Journal of Archeological Science, 24 :757-763. [Details]
*; (1997) ''The excavation of the portal tomb site at Melkagh, Co. Longford''. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, :195-244. [Details]
Mandal, S, Cooney, G, Meighan, IG, Jamison, DD, ; (1997) 'Using geochemistry to interpret porcellanite stone axe production in Ireland'. Journal of Archaeological Science, 24 (8):757-763. [Details]
Cooney, G. and O'Keeffe, T.; (1996) ''A collection of unprovenanced prehistoric axes from St Patrick's College, Carlow''. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries, 124 :210-213. [Details]
Cooney, G. and Mandal, S.; (1995) ''Getting to the core of the problem: petrological results from the Irish Stone Axe Project''. Antiquity, 69 :969-980. [Details]
*; (1995) ''The Phosphate Survey' Appendix in D. Keeling and V. Keeley 'Archaeological excavations at Paddy's Hill, Co. Dublin''. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 94 . [Details]
Cooney, G,Mandal, S; (1995) 'Getting to the core of the problem: Petrological results from the Irish Stone Axe Project'. Antiquity, 69 :969-980. [Details]
Mandal, S., Cooney, G., Grogan, E., O'Carroll, F. and Guinan, B.; (1993) ''A review of the petrological techniques being utilised to identify, group and source Irish stone axes''. Journal of Irish Archaelogy, 6 :1-11. [Details]
*; (1993) ''A sense of place in Irish prehistory' '. Antiquity, 67 :632-641. [Details]
*; (1993) ''Forestry and the cultural landscape: Understanding the past in the present''. Irish Forestry, 50 (1):13-20. [Details]
; (1992) ''The Mount Oriel Project: An Introduction''. County Louth Archeological and Historical Journal, 21 (2):125-133. [Details]
*; (1992) ''Irish prehistoric mortuary practice: Baurnadomeeny reconsidered''. Tipperary Historical Journal, :223-229. [Details]
Cooney G. and Grogan, E.; (1991) ''An Archaeological Solution to the 'Irish' Problem?''. Emania, 9 :33-43. [Details]
; (1991) ''Irish Neolithic landscapes and land use systems: the implications of field systems''. Rural History, 2 (2):123-139. [Details]
Cooney, G., O'Carroll, F., Grogan, E. and Mandal, S.; (1990) ''Stone axes of County Louth: a second report''. County Louth Archeological and Historical Journal, 22 (2):178-186. [Details]
COONEY, G; (1990) 'THE PLACE OF MEGALITHIC TOMB CEMETERIES IN IRELAND'. Antiquity, 64 :741-753. [Details]
*; (1990) ''Resistivity Survey', Appendix 3 in G. Eogan, 'Ballynee Souterrains, county Meath''. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries, 120 . [Details]
*; (1990) ''The Place of Megalithic Tomb Cemeteries in the Irish Neolithic', '. Antiquity, 64 :741-753. [Details]
Grogan, E. and Cooney, G.; (1990) ''A Preliminary Distribution Map of Stone Axes in Ireland''. Antiquity, 64 :559-561. [Details]
; (1990) ''Irish Neolithic Settlement and its European Context''. Journal of Irish Archaelogy, 4 :7-11. [Details]
; (1989) ''Stone axes from North Leinster''. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 8 (2):145-157. [Details]
Collins, J. and Cooney, G.; (1988) ''Soil sample analysis', Appendix I in M. McMahon 'Archaeological excavations at the site of the Four Courts extension, Inns Quay, Dublin'. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 88 :271-319. [Details]
; (1986) ''An unrecorded wedge tomb at Scrahallia, Cashel. Connemara. Co. Galway''. Journal of the Galway Archaelogical and Historical Society, 40 :134-137. [Details]
Cooney G, R Curi , A Mitchelson , P Newsholme , M Simpson, EA Newsholme; (1986) 'Activities of some key enzymes of carbohydrate, ketone body, adenosine and glutamine metabolism in liver, and brown and white adipose tissues of the rat'. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 138 :687-692. [Details]
; (1985) ''Photogrammetric Surveys in Archaeology: The field system at Kilmashogue, Co. Dublin''. Survey Ireland, 3 :28-30. [Details]
*; (1985) ''Stone Axes of County Louth: a first report''. County Louth Archeological and Historical Journal, 21 (1):78-99. [Details]
*; (1982) ''A polished stone axe﷓head from Beltichburne townland, near Drogheda''. County Louth Archeological and Historical Journal, 20 (2):144-146. [Details]
*; (1981) ''A saddle quern from Baltinglass Hill, County Wicklow''. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries, 111 :102-106. [Details]
; (1979) ''Some aspects of the siting of megalithic tombs in County Leitrim''. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries, 109 :74-91. [Details]
*; (1978) ''A medieval pottery roof ridge tile from Drogheda''. County Louth Archeological and Historical Journal, 19 (2):147-148. [Details]
Mandal, S. and Cooney, G.; (0) ''A second petrological report from the Irish Stone Axe Project''. Journal of Irish Archaelogy, 7 :41-64. [Details]
*; (0) ''A second Early Bronze Age burial at Tankardsrock, Co. Louth and the Early Bronze Age landscape of North County Louth''. County Louth Archeological and Historical Journal, 21 (3):279-286. [Details]
*; (0) ''An unrecorded portal tomb at Aghavas, County Leitrim''. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries, 115 :156-158. [Details]
Cooney, G., Feehan, J., Grogan, E. and Stillman. C.; (0) ''Stone Axes from Co. Tipperary' '. Tipperary Historical Journal, 2 :197-203. [Details]
Collins, J. and Cooney, G.; (0) ''Soil Samples', Appendix 1 in C. Manning 'A Neolithic burial mound at Ashley Park, Co. Tipperary''. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 85 :61-100. [Details]
   

Published Reports

G.Cooney; (2007) Key Recommendations from the Royal Irish Academy Forum: Archaeology in Ireland: A Vision for the Future. Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. [Details]
 

Editorial

Cooney, G; (2007) The archaeology of world heritage - Introduction. Editorial [DOI] [Details]
Cooney, G; (2003) Introduction: seeing land from the sea. Editorial [DOI] [Details]
                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on prehistory, particularly the Neolithic, but also take a broader turn. In collaboration with Dr Stephen Mandal I direct the Irish Stone Axe Project, covering all aspects of stone axe studies, integrating archaeological and petrological approaches. Arising from this we identified and I led a research excavation of a stone axe production site on Lambay island. The cultural richness of this site has prompted two projects: to investigate the social role of prehistoric stone quarries and also the settlement history of Lambay. In turn this has sparked a research project on stone quarries on islands, focused on Rathlin, Co. Antrim and Shetland, where the first season of a new field project will take place in 2012. Issues of landscape definition were the focus of work carried out for the Heritage Council on approaches to defining archaeological landscapes and on the development of historic landscape characterisation in an Irish context. I am currently chairperson of the Research Committee of the Bru na Boinne World Heritage Site and an expert member of the ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. I led a theme within the PRTLI funded  Humanities Institute of Ireland (UCD) on ¿Engaging with the material world: working the past; making the self¿ which explored the issues of memory and identity using the strengths of a long-term historical perspective and a focus on material culture. I am the co-PrincipaI  Investigator of the Footprints strand of the PRTLI-funded research programme of the Global Irish Institute in UCD, currently focused on the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition and the development of early medieval society in Ireland in comparative context. I delivered the Rhind Lectures in Edinburgh in 2007 on 'Living in an Age of Stone: Neolithic People and their worlds'. I am also currently completing a book about death in prehistoric Ireland. I was elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 2004. I was appointed by the Minister of Environment, Heritage and Local Government to serve on the Heritage Council in 2005 and was re-appointed in 2010. In January 2009 I was appointed chairman of the Historic Monuments Council, Northern Ireland but the Minister of the Environment, Northern Ireland and begin a second term as chair in 2012.

I am also a member of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology. I was the founding editor of Archaeology Ireland (1987-97) and served on the editorial board of World Archaeology (2002-11),  the latest of the four issues that I edited was volume (43.2, June 2011) on New Approaches to Stone Mines and Quarries: Materials and Materiality. I am of the series editors of the One World Archaeology monograph series (Springer).

I would welcome inquiries from prospective research students interested in any of the research areas outlined above or more broadly in interpretative approaches to archaeology in Ireland.