AIA Lecturer/Host: Stephen Mandal
Dr. Stephen Mandal is an expert on the Irish landscape, its archaeology and history. The AIA’s Site Preservation program awarded funding for the medieval Blackfriary in Trim, an initiative of Stephen’s Irish Archaeology Field School and Cultural Tourism Ireland. (You will visit this site on June 13th.) 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 is Vice Chairperson of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology; a professional member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and the European Federation of Professional Geologists; and in 2013 he was appointed to a European committee to review cultural heritage tourism across the European Union. Stephen has undertaken research on many of the sites that you will visit on this tour, including the Hills of Tara and Slane, Newgrange, Loughcrew, and Trim. He has a wealth of experience in communicating geology, archaeology, and history at all levels, and on this tour he will assist you in viewing the Irish landscape from the perspective of the people who lived there in the past.