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Muiris O’Sullivan is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the UCD School of Archaeology. He has published extensively on many aspects of Irish archaeology, notably passage tombs and megalithic art. Of his books, the excavation volume Mound of the Hostages, Tara (Wordwell 2005)and the related Tara – From the Past to the Future (Wordwell 2013}, along with Megalithic Art in Ireland (Country House 1993) are most relevant to the lecture topic. He has discussed Knockroe in academic papers, book chapters and magazine articles, and is also the author of a heritage guide to the site. Reflecting his broad knowledge of passage tombs, he was the lead archaeological consultant for the re-imagined visitor experience at the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage site in county Meath and serves on the scientific committee associated with the megalithic landscape around Carnac in Brittany as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Professor O’Sullivan is joint author of the ongoing ‘Know Your Monuments’ series in Archaeology Ireland and co-author of the book Antiquities of Rural Ireland (Wordwell 2018). He was a member of the Heritage Council from 2016-2020 and former Dean of Arts at University College Dublin and Head of the UCD School of Archaeology.
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