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Dr Stephen Davis


Stephen Davis

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Archaeology
01 716 8534
University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I graduated in Botany from the University of Reading in 1994 and after a brief spell as a molecular biologist headed to Sheffield to study Environmental Archaeology. My PhD (Liverpool JMU) focused on the use of testate amoebae and pollen to understand changing hydrology in lowland raised mires, following which I specialized in the analysis of subfossil insect remains for a number of years, a field in which I still am archaeologically active. Since 2010 I have become increasingly involved in remote sensing technologies, in particular ALS/lidar and multispectral satellite data, and their use in archaeological prospection. I have led projects at Brú na Bóinne WHS and, more recently, the Hill of Ward, Co. Meath, integrating LiDAR and geophysical survey (with some excavation) to enhance our understanding of these important archaeological landscapes. I have also been involved in efforts to digitally record (through laser scanning and photogrammetry) the tombs of Knowth and Dowth in Brú na Bóinne, with a focus on inaccessible interior sections and on megalithic art. In collaboration with colleagues at the Romano-Germanic Commission, Frankfurt I oversee a large-scale survey project in the Brú na Bóinne WHS. I am also principal archaeological advisor to the Devenish Lands at Dowth, Chair of the Aerial Archaeology Research group and a committee member for both IQUA and the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland.