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Dr Meriel McClatchie


Meriel McClatchie

Lecturer/Assistant Professor In Archaeology
School of Archaeology
01 716 8314
University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


RESEARCH FOCUS My research is focused on archaeology in Europe, with a particular interest in landscapes, settlement, food and archaeobotany (the study of past societies and landscapes through analysis of preserved non-wood plant macro-remains such as cereal grains, cereal chaff, seeds of other crops, weed seeds, fruit stone and nut shell). I am currently an Assistant Professor in Archaeology at UCD School of Archaeology, and Director of the Ancient Foods Research Group and the Archaeobotany Laboratory. PUBLICATIONS I am the author of individual and collaborative publications in high-impact, refereed international journals and books -- one book, 10 peer-reviewed journal papers, 20 book chapters; one professional guidelines document; 6 public outreach/professional articles; 16 technical reports; Google Scholar h-index 9, citations 396. CAREER OUTLINE BA joint honours degree in Archaeology and History, University College Cork (degree awarded 1995) MA degree in Methods and Techniques of Archaeological Practice, UCC, funded by departmental studentship (degree awarded 1997) Archaeobotanist and archaeologist (licence-eligible), Archaeological Services Unit, UCC (from 1997) PhD degree, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, funded by NUI Travelling Studentship in Archaeology (degree awarded 2009) Research Fellow, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast, funded by Heritage Council INSTAR programme (2008-10) Research Archaeologist, UCD School of Archaeology, funded by Heritage Council INSTAR programme (2011) Research Fellow, UCD School of Archaeology, funded by NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities (2012-14) Research Archaeologist, Dept of Archaeology, University College Cork, funded by Heritage Council INSTAR programme (2015) Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Above the Bar), UCD School of Archaeology (since 2016) PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY I am strongly committed to promotion of best professional practice and have taken on a number of roles relating to management of professional bodies. I am a founding member of Environmental Archaeology in Ireland (2015) and the Irish Archaeobotany Discussion Group (2007). These groups were established to build professional relationships, discuss discoveries, tackle problems and establish strategies for development of the profession. I was a member of the Board of Directors at the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) from 2009 to 2014. I previously spent a number of years on the Managing Committee of the Association for Environmental Archaeology, which is the world's largest organisation of environmental archaeologists (Secretary, 2005-10; Ordinary member, 2004-05).


  • Chair, Athena SWAN self-assessment team
    University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Dublin, Ireland11 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2018
  • Member, Gender Equality Action Group
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland27 Jun 2017
  • School Officer for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
    University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Dublin, Ireland18 May 2017
  • Member, EDI Committee, College of Social Sciences and Law
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland27 Nov 2018


  • BA
    University College Cork
  • MA
    University College Cork
  • PhD
    University College London
  • Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin