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Rory McNeary, University of Ulster, Coleraine.


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Rory McNeary is a Research Associate at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology (since 2009). He is currently carrying out an audit of the archaeology of rivers in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). This initiative will ultimately help the future preservation and conservation of the resource as well as outline fields for future multi-disciplinary research. Rory formerly worked for the Discovery Programme as a Research Archaeologist (2003-2008) with the Medieval Rural Settlement Project and represented the programme during the European COST Action A27: Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes (LANDMARKS). Rory has also worked for the Underwater Archaeological Unit (UAU) of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DoEHLG); the Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit (IAWU), and a number of archaeological consultancies, including Management for Archaeology Underwater (MAU) Ltd., The Archaeological Diving Company (ADCO) Ltd. and Margaret Gowen and Co. Ltd.


Archaeology underwater archaeology the archaeology of rivers and lakes maritime and coastal archaeology medieval rural settlement landscape archaeology GIS.


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Selected Publications

Shanahan, B. and McNeary, R. (in press) Carns townland, Co. Roscommon: excavations by the Medieval Rural Settlement Project in 2006, In: Corlett, C. and Potterton, M. (eds.), Rural settlement in medieval Ireland, in light of recent archaeological excavations.

McNeary, R. (2009) Freshwater Archaeology in Northern Ireland: a new research initiative, The European Archaeologist, 31, 12-13.

McNeary, R. and Bourke, L. (2009) Freshwater Archaeology in Northern Ireland, Archaeology Ireland, 23 (2), 38-39.

Moore, F., Brady, K., Kelleher, C., Condit, T., McNeary, R., Murphy, M. and Devane, C. (2008) Introduction to the coastal archaeology and history of counties Louth, Meath, Dublin and Wicklow, In: Brady, K. (comp.), Shipwreck Inventory of Ireland: Louth, Meath, Dublin and Wicklow. Dublin: The Stationery Office, 13-47.

Corns, A., and McNeary, R. (2008) Ireland, In: Fairclough, G. and Grau Moller, P. (eds.), Landscapes as Heritage: The Management and Protection of Landscape in Europe. University of Berne, Institute of Geography, 157-175.

Corns, A., McNeary, R., Shanahan, B. and Shaw, R. (2008) Rathcroghan and Carnfree Co. Roscommon (Ireland), In: Landmarks - Profiling Europe's Historic Landscapes. Museum Bochum, 31-42.

McNeary, R. and Shanahan, B. (2008) Settlement and Enclosure in a Medieval Gaelic Lordship: a case study from the territory of the O’Conors of North Roscommon, In: Landmarks and socio-economic Systems: constructing of pre-industrial Landscapes and their Perception by contemporary Societies. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 187-197.

McNeary, R. (2007) Guns, harpoons, lances, casks and every [necessary] article: an account of the history and archaeology of an eighteenth century shore-based whaling and basking shark fishery in Donegal Bay, Ireland, Historical Archaeology, (41) 3, 115-124.