AIA Lecturer/Host: Stephen Mandal
Dr. Stephen Mandal is an expert on the Irish landscape, its archaeology, history and geology. He is also an expert on Scotland’s geology and Neolithic archaeology. On completion of his Ph.D. in Geoarchaeology (Trinity College, Dublin) he spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer in the Archaeology Department, University College Dublin. Stephen has served as Vice Chairperson of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology (2009-2014); as External Examiner to Sligo Institute of Technology (2012-2015); and on a European committee to review cultural heritage tourism across the European Union (2013). Stephen is a member of the Boyne to Brodgar Group – an international committee comprising senior academics, practitioners and government representatives from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. The group aims to facilitate and coordinate major Neolithic research initiatives across four jurisdictions and to link the joint heritage of the regions, promoting is as a cherished asset, accessible to local communities and visitors alike. 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, and is a standing international guest speaker for the AIA’s national lecture program. He 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 landscape from the perspective of the people who lived there in the past.