Michael Monk


Archaeology
University College Cork

T: +353 21 490 3000
E: MMonk@archaeology.ucc.ie


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1. I introduced a systemic context-based approach to sampling, recovery and identification of non-wood plant macro-remains from archaeological sites. This is now standard practice and the foundation for all archaeobotanical research in Ireland as elsewhere. 2. I have also (with a former student) written the first discursive Ireland wide paper on archaeologically excavated corn drying kilns. We explored their workings and likely plant remains residues by archaeological experiments I initiated.   3. I also introduced the contextual approach to excavations in Ireland and the methodology of single context recording. This methodology has, since 1982, been facilitated by developments in IT and GIS data management systems. Variations on single context recording are now standard practice on all archaeological excavations in Ireland and is stated as such for all National Roads Authority funded archaeological excavations.   4. I was also at the forefront of developing the methodology of archaeobotany in Britain from the early to mid 1970s, before I took up this post in Ireland. I was similarly involved in a project in Russia to introduce the methodology of systematic archaeobotanical sampling to the excavations of the Medieval city of Novgorod, Russia (the project was funded by INTAS and I was involved from 1994 until 2003). I was worked in the Souk¿s area of central Beirut, Lebanon, on a cooperative project between a British team ACRE and the department of Archaeology and History the American University of Beirut). I was in Beirut working in AUB in 1997 and 2002. 5. Since 1982 when the Government took a decision to regionalise the National Survey of Archaeological Sites and Monuments UCC agreed to undertake this basic data collection process on contract, on behalf of the National Survey. I have been principal investigator for the survey since its beginnings at that time. The Cork Survey pioneered both the procedures and practices in field survey and in the publication of the survey volumes. The county-wide survey was completed and the final volume of the 4 volume work was published in 2000. A fifth volume of sites discovered since that time is in the final stages of editing. The survey staff have also been involved in editorial work of one of the Sligo inventory volumes and they have been working on two of the four inventory volumes planned for county Kerry. 6. In addition to funding for the Cork Archaeological Survey the department was successful in achieving funding to carry out Sites and Monuments desk based surveys for Limerick and Clare in the 1980s – Denis Power and myself were the principal investigators. The department was also selected to carry out an urban archaeological survey in the county outside the city. This was published in 1995. Both this document and the SMRs for Limerick, Clare and Cork were compiled to facilitate development control in the Planning Offices of the local authorities.   7. I feel strongly of the need, as a professional archaeologist, that I should make a contribution to the community for my discipline. I have done this by publishing in the journal Archaeology Ireland (see reference list) but also via membership of the Historic Monuments Advisory Committee of Cork County Council – as their archaeological advisor. Amongst other things, along with other members, I have been instrumental organising a number of projects – for example a county wide survey of churches and graveyards in the ownership of the county council – compiled by contract, an archaeological survey of the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills also compiled by contract and detailed architectural surveys of a number of the archaeological monuments in the counties – several of these have been published – Aghacross Co. Cork, Bridgetown Abbey, Castletownroche and Barryscourt Castle (with the Barryscourt trust). 8. My research has focused on using the methodologies of environmental archaeology, particularly plant remains studies, to understand better the interaction between past communities and their environment – in particular through farming.(xii)I have completed a book on the introduction to and development of agriculture in Ireland from 4000 BC to end 14thC AD to be published by Cork University Press – provisional title – Agriculture, People and Environment in Early Ireland.   
 


Books

YearPublication
(1976)First Aid for Seeds.
Monk, M.A., Murphy, P and Renfrew, J. M.; (1976) First Aid for Seeds. Hertford: Rescue Publication No. 6. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2005)''The first People' and 'Ringforts''
Monk, M.A.; (2005) ''The first People' and 'Ringforts'' In: J.S. Crowley, R.J.N. Devoy, D, Linehan and P. Flanagan (eds). Atlas of Cork City. London: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2003)'Discovery and early days in the excavation of the Lisleagh Ringforts'
Monk, M.A.; (2003) 'Discovery and early days in the excavation of the Lisleagh Ringforts' In: J.Fenwick (eds). Lost and Found, discovering Ireland¿s past. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
(2003)'Neolithic Period'
Monk, M.A.; (2003) 'Neolithic Period' In: B. Lalor (eds). The Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. [Details]
(2001)'Local Authority Advisory Committees'
Monk, M.A. and Cronin, J. ; (2001) 'Local Authority Advisory Committees' In: N. Buttimer, C. Rynne and H. Guerin (eds). The Heritage of Ireland. Cork: The Collins Press. [Details]
(1998)'Research and Early Medieval Munster: Agenda or Vacuum?'
Monk, M .A., and Sheehan, J. ; (1998) 'Research and Early Medieval Munster: Agenda or Vacuum?' In: M.A. Monk and J. Sheehan (eds). Early Medieval Munster: Archaeology, History and Society. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(1998)'Early Medieval Secular and Ecclesiastical Settlement in Munster'
Monk, M.A.; (1998) 'Early Medieval Secular and Ecclesiastical Settlement in Munster' In: M.A. Monk and J. Sheehan (eds). Early Medieval Munster: Archaeology, History and Society. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(1998)'Archaeobotanical Studies in Early Medieval Munster'
Monk, M.A., Tierney, J and Hannon, M.; (1998) 'Archaeobotanical Studies in Early Medieval Munster' In: M.A. Monk and J. Sheehan (eds). Early Medieval Munster: Archaeology, History and Society. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(1997)'Appendix 6. Plant remains'
Charles, M., College, S. and Monk, M.; (1997) 'Appendix 6. Plant remains' In: P.Barker, R.White., K.Pretty, H. Bird and M.Corbishley (eds). The Baths Basilica Wroxeter Excavations 1966-90. London: English Heritage. [Details]
(1991)'The Archaeobotanical Work carried out for the M£ Project - A Retrospective View'
Monk, M.A.; (1991) 'The Archaeobotanical Work carried out for the M£ Project - A Retrospective View' In: P.J Fasham and R.J.B Whinney (eds). Archaeology of the M3. Salisbury: Hampshire Field Club Archaeological Monograph, Number 7. [Details]
(1989)'The Plant Remains'
Monk, M.A.; (1989) 'The Plant Remains' In: C. Partridge (eds). English Heritage and Hertfordshire Archaeological Trust. Gloucester: Sutton. [Details]
(1988)'Appendix 3. 'Archaeobotanical studies of Samples from Pipeline Sites''
Monk, M.A.; (1988) 'Appendix 3. 'Archaeobotanical studies of Samples from Pipeline Sites'' In: Gowen, M (eds). Three Irish Gas Pipelines : New Archaeological Evidence from Munster. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
(1987)'Archaeobotanical Studies at Poundbury'
Monk, M.A.; (1987) 'Archaeobotanical Studies at Poundbury' In: Sparey Green, C (eds). Excavations at Poundbury. Vol 1 : the settlements. -: Dorset Natural History and Archaeology Society. [Details]
(1987)'Specialist Reports on the Plant Remains'
Monk, M.A.; (1987) 'Specialist Reports on the Plant Remains' In: R.M Cleary, M.F Hurley and E.A. Twohig (eds). Cork Archaeological Studies No. 1. -: Department of Archaeology and Bord Gais. [Details]
(1987)'The Plant Economy'
Monk, M.A.; (1987) 'The Plant Economy' In: Fasham, P.L (eds). Hampshire Field Club Monograph 5. Salisbury: Trust for Wessex Archaeology. [Details]
(1985)'The Plant Economy'
Monk, M.A.; (1985) 'The Plant Economy' In: Fasham, P.L (eds). Prehistoric Settlement at Winnall Down, Winchester. The Trust for Wessex Archaeology. Salisbury: Hampshire Field Club Monograph 2. [Details]
(1985)'The Botanical Remains'
Monk, M.A.; (1985) 'The Botanical Remains' In: Woodman, P.C (eds). Northern Ireland Archaeological Monographs. No. 2. Belfast: -. [Details]
(1984)'Charred Plant Remains, other than wood charcoal, from Carrowmore excavations'
Monk, M.A.; (1984) 'Charred Plant Remains, other than wood charcoal, from Carrowmore excavations' In: Burenhult, G (eds). The Archaeology of Carrowmore. Stockholm: University of Stockholm. [Details]
(1982)'Appendix E. 'Macroscopic Plant Remains''
Monk, M.A.; (1982) 'Appendix E. 'Macroscopic Plant Remains'' In: O'Kelly M.J (eds). Archaeology, Art and Legend. London: Thames and Hudson. [Details]
(1981)'Post Roman drying kilns and the problems of function'
Monk, M.A.; (1981) 'Post Roman drying kilns and the problems of function' In: Ó Corráin, D (eds). Irish Antiquity. Cork: Tower Books. [Details]
(1981)'Carbonised Plant Remains from Building VII'
Monk, M.A.; (1981) 'Carbonised Plant Remains from Building VII' In: C. Partridge (eds). Skeleton Green, a late Iron Age and Romano-British site. Britannia Monograph Series No.2. London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. [Details]
(1980)'The Seed Remains'
Monk, M.A.; (1980) 'The Seed Remains' In: P. Holdsworth (eds). Excavations at Melbourne Street, Southampton 1971-76. London: The Southampton Archaeological Research Committee Report, CBA Research Report. [Details]
(1980)'Appendix II ' The plant remains''
Monk, M.A.; (1980) 'Appendix II ' The plant remains'' In: G. Burenhult (eds). The Carrowmore 1980 season. -: -. [Details]
(2008)'The Plant Remains'
Monk, M.A.; (2008) 'The Plant Remains' In: M. Clyne (eds). Kells Priory Co. Kilkenny archaeological excavations by T. Fanning and M. Clyne. Dublin: Government of Ireland Publications. [Details]
(2007)'Environmental Archaeology in Ireland: A Personal and Archaeobotanical Perspective'
Monk, M.A.; (2007) 'Environmental Archaeology in Ireland: A Personal and Archaeobotanical Perspective' In: E.M. Murphy and N.J. Whitehouse (eds). Environmental Archaeology in Ireland. Oxford: Oxbow. [Details]
(2007)'Sites, social change and warfare in the second half of the first millennium AD: a reappraisal'
Monk, M.A., with Lyttleton, J.; (2007) 'Sites, social change and warfare in the second half of the first millennium AD: a reappraisal' In: C. Manning (eds). From Ringforts to Fortified Houses. -: Wordwell. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2006)'An assessment of the archaeological evidence for Irish corn-drying kilns in the light of the results of archaeological experiments and archaeobotanical studies'
M.A. Monk and Kelleher, E. ; (2006) 'An assessment of the archaeological evidence for Irish corn-drying kilns in the light of the results of archaeological experiments and archaeobotanical studies' [Details]
(1999)'Plant Macro fossils¿, in T. Williams (ed.) `Preliminary results of environmental sampling (BEY006)'
Monk, M.A.; (1999) 'Plant Macro fossils¿, in T. Williams (ed.) `Preliminary results of environmental sampling (BEY006)' [Details]
(1998)'Plant Remains, page 55 in J.O¿Sullivan, M. Hannon and J. Tierney, `Excavation of Lisnagun Ringfort, Darra, Co. Cork (1987-89)'
Monk, M.A.; (1998) 'Plant Remains, page 55 in J.O¿Sullivan, M. Hannon and J. Tierney, `Excavation of Lisnagun Ringfort, Darra, Co. Cork (1987-89)' [Details]
(1995)'A Tale of Two Ringforts, Lisleagh I and II'
Monk, M.A.; (1995) 'A Tale of Two Ringforts, Lisleagh I and II' [Details]
(1988)'The use of the Single Context Recording System on a seasonally excavated site in Ireland: a Learning Experience'
Monk, M.A. Macleod, D. and Williams T.; (1988) 'The use of the Single Context Recording System on a seasonally excavated site in Ireland: a Learning Experience' [Details]
(1986)'Evidence from macroscopic plant remains for crop husbandry in prehistoric and early historic Ireland: a review'
Monk, M.A. ; (1986) 'Evidence from macroscopic plant remains for crop husbandry in prehistoric and early historic Ireland: a review' [Details]
(1986)'Appendix III `The charred seeds and grains¿, pp 179-181, in C.Manning, Archaeological excavations of a succession of enclosures at Millockstown, Co. Louth'
Monk, M.A.; (1986) 'Appendix III `The charred seeds and grains¿, pp 179-181, in C.Manning, Archaeological excavations of a succession of enclosures at Millockstown, Co. Louth' [Details]
(1984)'The Plant Remains, p 49 in B.B. Williams, Excavations at Balllutoag, County Antrim'
Monk, M.A.; (1984) 'The Plant Remains, p 49 in B.B. Williams, Excavations at Balllutoag, County Antrim' [Details]
(1984)'Plant Remains,¿ p 56, in J.P. Mallory and P.C. Woodman, `Oughtymore: an Early Christian Shell Midden'
Monk, M.A.; (1984) 'Plant Remains,¿ p 56, in J.P. Mallory and P.C. Woodman, `Oughtymore: an Early Christian Shell Midden' [Details]
(1984)'Appendix 1, p33-35, in R.M. Cleary, `Excavations at Lough Gur, Co.Limerick, 1977-78: Part IV'
Monk, M.A.; (1984) 'Appendix 1, p33-35, in R.M. Cleary, `Excavations at Lough Gur, Co.Limerick, 1977-78: Part IV' [Details]
(1984)'Appendix II `Charred grain from Killederdadrum¿, pp 265-267, in C. Manning, The Excavation of the Early Christian Enclosure of Killederdadrum in Lackenavorna, Co. Tipperary'
Monk, M.A.; (1984) 'Appendix II `Charred grain from Killederdadrum¿, pp 265-267, in C. Manning, The Excavation of the Early Christian Enclosure of Killederdadrum in Lackenavorna, Co. Tipperary' [Details]
(1982)'The Charred Seeds and Cereal Remain¿s, p100-101, in R.M. Cleary Excavations at Lough Gur, Co.Limerick, 1977-1978: Part II'
Monk, M.A.; (1982) 'The Charred Seeds and Cereal Remain¿s, p100-101, in R.M. Cleary Excavations at Lough Gur, Co.Limerick, 1977-1978: Part II' [Details]
(1980)'Carbonised Plant Remains from two Iron Age Sites in Central Hampshire'
Monk, M.A. and Fasham, P.L; (1980) 'Carbonised Plant Remains from two Iron Age Sites in Central Hampshire' [Details]
(1978)'The seeds from Saxon and Medieval Walton'
Monk, M.A.; (1978) 'The seeds from Saxon and Medieval Walton' [Details]
(1977)'Seed Evidence, in D.A. Hinton and R. Hodges, Excavations in Wareham 1974-5'
Monk, M.A.; (1977) 'Seed Evidence, in D.A. Hinton and R. Hodges, Excavations in Wareham 1974-5' [Details]
(1976)'Saxon pits from Southampton'
Monk, M.A., Buckland, P.C and Holdsworth, P.E ; (1976) 'Saxon pits from Southampton' [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2007)'A greasy subject (further thoughts on fulachta fiadh)'
Monk, M.A.; (2007) 'A greasy subject (further thoughts on fulachta fiadh)' Archaeology Ireland, 21 (1) :22-24. [Details]
(2004)'Burning the biscuit : evidence from the Lisleagh excavations reveals new secrets twenty years on!'
Monk, M.A.; (2004) 'Burning the biscuit : evidence from the Lisleagh excavations reveals new secrets twenty years on!' Archaeology Ireland, 18 :18-20. [Details]
(1996)'County Cork¿s National Monuments Advisory Committee shows the way'
Monk, M.A.; (1996) 'County Cork¿s National Monuments Advisory Committee shows the way' Archaeology Ireland, 10 (3) . [Details]
(1990)'Scientific Excavation Recording'
Monk, M.A.; (1990) 'Scientific Excavation Recording' Archaeology Ireland, 4 (1) :22-24. [Details]
(1989)'Archaeological Prospection Part 1: Geophysical Survey'
Monk, M.A.; (1989) 'Archaeological Prospection Part 1: Geophysical Survey' Archaeology Ireland, 2 (2) :30-33. [Details]
(1989)'Archaeological Prospection Part 2: Ground and Aerial Survey'
Monk, M.A.; (1989) 'Archaeological Prospection Part 2: Ground and Aerial Survey' Archaeology Ireland, 3 (2) :64-67. [Details]
(1988)'Excavations at Lisleagh Ringfort, N. Co. Cork'
Monk, M.A.; (1988) 'Excavations at Lisleagh Ringfort, N. Co. Cork' Archaeology Ireland, 2 (2) :57-60. [Details]
(1988)'The Influence of Other Sciences'
Monk, M.A.; (1988) 'The Influence of Other Sciences' Archaeology Ireland, 2 (1) :30-32. [Details]
(1987)'Science and Archaeology: an Introduction'
Monk, M.A.; (1987) 'Science and Archaeology: an Introduction' Archaeology Ireland, 1 (1) :30-33. [Details]
(1987)'Experimental Archaeology'
Monk, M.A.; (1987) 'Experimental Archaeology' Archaeology Ireland, 1 (2) :65-67. [Details]

Book Review

YearPublication
(2008)The livestock economy of Early Medieval Knowth, Co. Meath, in context - Review Article of Excavations at Knowth 3 Knowth and Zooarchaeology of Early Christian Ireland by Finbar McCormick and Emily Murray.
Monk, M.A.; (2008) The livestock economy of Early Medieval Knowth, Co. Meath, in context - Review Article of Excavations at Knowth 3 Knowth and Zooarchaeology of Early Christian Ireland by Finbar McCormick and Emily Murray. Book Reviews [Details]
(2000)Book Review of Irish gardens and gardening before Cromwell by Terence Reeves-Smyth.
Monk, M.A.; (2000) Book Review of Irish gardens and gardening before Cromwell by Terence Reeves-Smyth. Book Reviews [Details]

Conference Paper

YearPublication
(2001)Plants, People and environment: Macro plant remains studies of deposits from the Troisky XI site in Medieval Novgorod.
Monk, M.A. and Johnston, P.; (2001) Plants, People and environment: Macro plant remains studies of deposits from the Troisky XI site in Medieval Novgorod. Conference Paper [Details]
(2000)Seeds and soils of discontent: an environmental archaeological contribution to the nature of the Neolithic.
Monk, M.A.; (2000) Seeds and soils of discontent: an environmental archaeological contribution to the nature of the Neolithic. Conference Paper [Details]
(1999)Plant remains from Troitsky XI, Novgorod: results from the 1998 season.
Monk, M.A. and Johnston; (1999) Plant remains from Troitsky XI, Novgorod: results from the 1998 season. Conference Paper [Details]
(1998)Early Medieval Munster: Archaeology, History and Society.
Monk, M.A and Sheehan, J.; (1998) Early Medieval Munster: Archaeology, History and Society. Conference Paper [Details]
(1998)The Organization and Legislative Structure of Irish Archaeology.
Monk, M.A.; (1998) The Organization and Legislative Structure of Irish Archaeology. Conference Paper [Details]
(1996)Preliminary report on samples of plant remains from the 1995 excavations of Troisky XI, Novgorod.
Monk, M.A.; (1996) Preliminary report on samples of plant remains from the 1995 excavations of Troisky XI, Novgorod. Conference Paper [Details]
(1996)People and Environment: in search of the Farmers.
Monk, M.A.; (1996) People and Environment: in search of the Farmers. Conference Paper [Details]
(1991)The Archaeobotanical Evidence for Field Crop Plants in Early Historic Ireland.
Monk, M.A.; (1991) The Archaeobotanical Evidence for Field Crop Plants in Early Historic Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(1978)Sampling from Iron Age pits, results and implications, in J.F. Cherry et al Sampling in Contemporary British Archaeology.
Monk, M.A. and Fasham, P.J.; (1978) Sampling from Iron Age pits, results and implications, in J.F. Cherry et al Sampling in Contemporary British Archaeology. Conference Paper [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1999Lisleagh I post excavation grant As above
2002Irish representative (2002-2005) Society of Medieval Archaeology

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland Member1899 / 1899
IAPA Former Vice Chairman1899 / 1899
Environmental Archaeology Subcommittee Chairman1899 / 1899
Former RIA nominated member for Archaeological Science on the National Committee for Archaeology, RIA *1899 / 1899
INTAS, Bournemouth University Representative for Department of Archaeology, UCC1899 / 1899
ACRE, British based team co-operating with the American University in Beirut. Member of team.1899 / 1899

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Department of Archaeology , UCC Lecturer01-SEP-78 /

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
1971University of Sheffield Bachelor of Arts
1977University of Southampton M.Phil.

Consultancy

 ClientDescription

Advisor to the Historic Monuments Committee of Cork County Council since 1989, elected three times since then. The council produced a leaflet on the archaeology of the county which I was instrumental in instigating and was the main contributor to.

Other Activities

 Description


Principal Investigator Cork Archaeological Survey since 1982 to the present.
Listing of funding amounts allocated to the Cork Archaeological Survey since the introduction of the euro (i.e from 1999 - although the survey had been continuously funded from 1982).

€134,000 Dúchas and the Heritage Service 1999-2000 Cork Inventory.
9,700 " " " " 1999
79,000 " " " : 2000 Cork Inventory.
13,000 " " " " 2002 " "
72,000 " " " " 1998-1999 Kerry Survey
107,000 " " " " 2000 Kerry Survey.
54,000 " " " " 2001 Kerry Survey.
69,000 Dúchas and the Heritage Service 2002 Kerry Survey.
128,000 Dept. Environment Heritage and Local Gov. (DOEHLG) 2003 Kerry Survey.
38,000 " " " " " 2000 Sligo Inventory.
120,000 " " " " " 2001-2003 Sligo Inventory.
30,000 DOEHLG 2004 Sligo Inventory.
314,378 " " " " " 2004- 2008 Survey for Cork Vol. 5
97,000 " " " " " 2004 Editorial work on Kerry.
24,992 " " " " " 2004 Further editorial work on Sligo.
106,210 " " " " " 2005 Co Kerry RMP update project.
152,075 " " " " " 2004-2007 Kerry Vol 1

 



Scholarly Activity not included above:

Lectures to local societies
Average two per year to groups including Fermoy Field Club; Mitchelstown Heritage Society; Cork Historical and Archaeology Society; Sligo Field Club; Achill Archaeology Field School; Kerry Archaeology Society; Society of Antiquities of Ireland; Clonmel Historical Society; Waterville Adult Education Group; certificate and diploma courses in archaeology and local studies organised by Department of Adult and Continuing Education;
Conference organisation
(i) Landscape and Archaeology Conference in Cork (with student committee of AYIA) of 1981 - resulting in publication in 1983 Landscape Archaeology in Ireland BAR 116
(ii) Reconstruction and Archaeology Conference in Cork (with Jerry O'Sullivan)1986
(iii) Man and Environment Work Group Conference in Cork1987
(iv) Industrial Archaeology of Munster Conference in Cork (with Denis Power) 1989
(v) Heritage Management and Interpretation Conference in Cork (with John Sheehan, and Joan Buckley) 1992
(vi) Heritage Policy: the National, Regional and Local dimensions in Cork (with John Sheehan, Seamus Ó Tuama and Joan Buckley) 1993.
(vii) Early Medieval Munster Conference in Cork 1995 (with John Sheehan)(as part of UCC 150 celebrations) - resulted in a Publication with Cork University Press - Early Medieval Munster - Archaeology, History and Society - edited by M.A. Monk and J. Sheehan.
(viii) Archaeological Excavation and Publication conference March 2004 (with Colin Rynne)
(viii) The Rural Archaeology of Later Medieval Ireland (for Society of Medieval Archaeology with Kieran O'Connor, Niall Brady) Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo - April 2006
(ix) Association of Environmental Archaeologists spring conference -Environmental Archaeology in Ireland - new perspectives and recent research - with Meriel McClatchie February 2007.
(x) Agricultural History Society of Ireland midsummer conference - Early Medieval Agriculture - corn or cows? - with Colin Rynne June 2008.

Organisation of Field Trips to Ireland for societies based outside Ireland
Prehistoric Societies spring field trip to South West Ireland 1985
Newcomen Society visit - 1987
Fortress Study Group's trip to Ireland in 1989.
Gunpowder Mills Research Group trip to Ireland 1991.

Membership of Bodies and Professional Organisations
(i) I was a member of the Irish Association for Professional Archaeologists (IAPA) until it became the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI)- I have been a member of the latter since that time.
(ii) I was an ordinary member of the Committee of the IAPA and vice chairman from 1988 until 1991.
(iii) I was a member of the National Committee for Archaeology of the Royal Irish Academy as archaeological science advisor (serving on the sub-committee that dealt with funding applications) from 1989 until1991.
With David Sweetman and Denis Power I served on the sub-committee of the Royal Irish Academy and Dúchas to put into place an Industrial Archaeological Survey of Cork City and its Environs. Publication in 1999 of the Industrial Archaeology of Cork City and its Environs, authored by Colin Rynne.

Since 2004 I have served as chairperson of the sub-committee for Environmental Archaeology of the IAI charged to produce a guidelines document for Sampling Environmental Remains which we did last year and is now available on the IAI website.
(reference in publication listing).

Since its instigation last year I have been convenor of the Archaeobotanists Working in Ireland Discussion Group.