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Ronan McHugh

Ronan McHugh

Principal Surveyor


Telephone: 028 90 973727
Email: r.mchugh@qub.ac.uk


Ronan graduated from Queen's University Belfast in November 2003 with a MSc. in Environmental Archaeology (Distinction) and has been working for the CAF since graduation. As the CAF Principal Surveyor, he is responsible for the management, undertaking and processing of all the unit's topographical and geophysical surveys, as well as its GPS and GIS requirements. He also has responsibility for the development of the CAF's survey capabilities and the training of staff members in the use of surveying equipment and techniques. In addition, Ronan is the Module Co-coordinator of two Modules on the School of GAP's MSc. in Professional Archaeology; An Introduction to Geophysical Surveying (GAP7307) and Topographical and Digital Surveying (GAP7035).

In 2012 Ronan completed two major, multi-faceted survey projects, at Henry Docwra's Dunnalong Fort, Co. Tyrone and the landscape of the short-lived pre-plantation village at Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim. He has previously carried out Geophysical Surveys all over Northern Ireland, inlcuding at Castle Hill, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Tullaghoge Fort, Co. Tyrone and Inishloughlin Fort, Co. Antrim, and at Parke's Castle, Co. Leitrim in the Republic.

In addition to his survey work, Ronan is an experienced archaeological excavator. In 2012 he directed the community excavation at Dunnalong, Co. Tyrone, which will form part of UTV's forthcoming 'Ulster Unearthed' television series, and he has also directed excavations at important archaeological sites such as the Early Christian monastic site at Bangor Abbey, and Portaferry Castle, both in Co. Down. Ronan is one of the leaders on the CAF's collaboration with the Centre for Irish Partnerships, UMASS Lowell, USA, on the Irish American Heritage Archaeological Programme. His areas of interest included prehistoric landscapes and medieval battlefield sites, and he has lectured widely on sites and landscapes that he has worked on, including the prehistoric landscape at Topped Mountain and the Gaelic Inauguration site at Cornashee, both in Co. Fermanagh and the 17th century fortification at Dunnalong.

Selected Publications & Reports


McHugh, R., Foley, C. and Williams, B.B.W. Forthcoming 2013. An Archaeological Survey of Co. Fermanagh. TSO, Belfast.

Edited Volumes

McHugh, R., McNeary, R., Campbell, L., Roulston, W. and Logue, P. (eds.) Forthcoming 2013. "I presentlie

Chapters in Books

McHugh, R. 2012. 'The ditch and the 2011 geophysical survey of the area outside the eastern façade of the manor house', in Foley, C. and Donnelly, C. with contributions by Gormley, S., Logue, R. and Roulston, W., Parke's Castle, Co. Leitrim: archaeology, history and architecture, Archaeological Monograph Series: 7, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 72-75.

Fitzpatrick, E., Murphy, E., McHugh, R., Donnelly, C., and Foley, C., 2011. 'Evoking the White Mare: The Cult Landscape of Sgiath Gabhra and in Medieval perception in Gaelic Fir Mhanach', in R. Schot, C. Newman, and E. Bhreathnach (editors) Landscapes of Cult and Kingship, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 163-191.

McHugh, R., Murphy, E. and Hartwell, B. 2004 'A Landscape Analysis of the Topped Mountain Region, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland' p. 304-322, in Gibson, A. and Sheridan, A. (eds) From Sickles to Circles: Britain and Ireland at the Time of Stonehenge. Oxbox Books, Oxford.

Selected Journal Articles

Donnelly, C.J., Murray, E.V. and McHugh, R. 2008. ‘Dungannon Castle: Its History, Architecture and Archaeology’, Duiche Neill: Journal of the O Neill Country Historical Society17, 11-24.

Trick, S., Donnelly, C., and McHugh, R. 2007. ‘A Geophysical Survey at Tullaghoge Fort’, The Bell: Journal of the Stewartstown and District Local History Society 11, 16-27.

McHugh, R. 2004. Excavations at Malachy’s Wall, Bangor Abbey, Co. Down, Ulster J. Archaeol. 63, 65-75.

McHugh, R., Bell, J. and Macdonald, P. 2004. Excavations in the vicinity of St Jarlath’s Church, Clonfeacle, County Tyrone, Ulster J. Archaeol. 63, 52-64.

Logue, R., Donnelly, C. and McHugh, R. 2003. Excavations in the vicinity of St Tassach's Church, Raholp, County Down, Ulster J. Archaeol. 62, 116-120.

Selected Internal Reports

McHugh, R. 2012. Geophysical Survey of Dunnalong Castle, Co. Tyrone. CAF Geophysical Survey Report No. 21.

McHugh, R. 2012. Geophysical Survey of Dunluce Village Landscape, Co. Antrim. CAF Geophysical Survey Report No. 17

McHugh, R. and Mussen, S. 2008. Geophysical Survey of Inishloughlin Fort, Co. Antrim. CAF Geophysical Report No. 16.

McHugh, R. and Mussen, S. 2008. Geophysical Survey of the North Field, Tullaghoge Fort, Co.Tyrone. CAF Geophysical Report No. 10.

McHugh, R. and Trick, S. 2007. Topographical and Geophysical Survey of Castle Hill, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. CAF Geophysical Report No. 11.