Dr. Stephen Mandal is an expert on the Irish landscape, its archaeology, history, and geology. He earned his honors degree in Geology and Ph.D. in Geoarchaeology from Trinity College, Dublin. He has co-founded several multi-award winning community heritage projects including the “Digging the Lost Town of Carrig Project” (which you will visit on this tour) and the “Blackfriary Community Archaeology Project,” which received funding under the AIA’s Site Preservation program. Stephen is a director of the Discovery Program (the national center for archaeology and innovation in Ireland) and has previously served as Vice Chairperson of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology (2009-2014) and as External Examiner to Sligo Institute of Technology (2012-2015). He is a professional member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and the European Federation of Professional Geologists. Stephen has undertaken research on many of the sites that you will visit on this tour, including the Hill of Tara, Newgrange, and Trim. He has co-authored two books, most recently Carrick, County Wexford: Ireland’s First Anglo-Norman Stronghold (2019), and has contributed to a dozen more. He is a standing international guest speaker for the AIA’s national lecture program, and in 2019 was appointed as a research associate of the Smithsonian Museum. Stephen has a wealth of experience in communicating geology, archaeology, and history at all levels, and on this AIA tour he will assist you in viewing the Irish landscape from the perspective of the people who lived there in the past.
Co-founder and CEO of the Irish Archaeology Field School and Cultural Tourism Ireland