The Project Team


Stuart Rathbone has worked all over Ireland and Britain in a variety of different archaeological positions. He has undertaken a considerable quantity of commercial pre-development excavations and for many years he was the Director of Fieldwork at Achill Archaeological Field School on Achill Island, County Mayo. His work has taken him from the west coast of Ireland to the fens of East Anglia in England and as far north as the Shetland Isles, dangerously close to the arctic circle.

Stuart’s research interests include Prehistoric settlement patterns, Prehistoric political structures, 19th and 20th century archaeology of the Atlantic fringe, Medieval and post-Medieval transhumant farming, anarchic archaeology and incorporating ideas drawn from radical 20th century  literature into archaeology. A selection of his work can be downloaded from his page whilst his recent collection of essays, ‘Archaeological Boundaries: Discussions, experiments and unprovoked attacks‘ can be downloaded from


Dr James Bonsall is an archaeological geophysicist who has directed a commercial geophysical company for 12 years. He completed PhD research for a National Roads Authority Fellowship in 2014 by reappraising the effectiveness and use of geophysical legacy data with particular reference to the influence of geological, seasonal and archaeological variables.

James has many research interests and is involved in a large number of different projects, in addition to this one. Following on from his PhD research he is investigating the detection of Irish ring-ditch sites using electromagnetic techniques. James is also the director of the Kilcashel Landscape Project and co-director of the Great Connell Abbey Exploration Project. In addition he has been undertaking a community based project to record archaeology being exposed and damaged by coastal erosion around Sligo and is also involved in the Knocknashee Project, exploring one of the most intriguing prehistoric settlement sites in Sligo. Many of James’ publications can be found on his page.

Stuart and James first met in a damp field in Westmeath in 2002 and they have been finding interesting ways to stay cold and wet ever since.