I was born and educated in Canada,
receiving my BA in Anthropology (specialisation in Archaeology) from McGill University
in 1993 and my MA in Anthropology (specialisation in Archaeology) from McMaster
University in 1996. I have been living in Ireland and working as an
archaeologist since 1996.
My first job in Ireland, 1996 to 1999, was as a supervisor on the excavation
and post excavation analysis of the Temple Bar West excavations of Viking
Dublin. During that time I achieved the privilege of directing my own
excavations. I spent 1 year directing excavations in County Clare as part of
the New Market on Fergus Bypass before starting my own archaeological
consulting company, North West Archaeological Services, which ran successfully
between 2000 and 2010.
I was also part of the team that designed and implemented the BSc. in Applied
Archaeology in the School of Science at IT Sligo and was awarded the first
lecturing position in 2003. Over the past 14 years I have watched the Applied
Archaeology programme grow and develop into a truly unique course designed
specifically for those who really want to be archaeologists.
My own research interests cover a wide range of topics and are reflected in the
range of modules I teach, from Post excavation Analysis to Commercial
Archaeology and Advanced Topics in Archaeological Theory. I am particularly
interested in Landscape Archaeology, Archaeological Theory and Deviant Burials.
Between 2005 and 2009 I ran a research excavation at Kilteasheen, County
Roscommon, funded by the Royal Irish Academy and the Heritage Council and in
collaboration with the University of Saint Louis. This site is the subject of
on going research and the project led to the production of a documentary for
I have also been involved in the research of the archaeological landscape at
Fenagh, County Leitrim over the last 15 years.
In the last 5 years I have done a number of appearances on the RTE children's show, Elev8, to discuss and promote archaeology.