MA in Archaeology and Heritage Management, University of Leicester, 2008.
BA in Anthropology, Connecticut College, 2004.
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 5287
A Place for the Past: Heritage and Sense of Place on Valentia and Achill Islands
This study aims to examine the relationship between place, heritage, and archaeology, through the in-depth study of Valentia and Achill Islands. While every day we learn more about what has occurred in the past, we know lamentably little about how we interact with the past in everyday life, besides the most perfunctory and vague notion that it is important. Home to a vibrant landscape of mountains, cliffs, and meadows, a varied population of lifelong residents, ‘blow-ins’, and tourists, and unique histories and heritage, these islands serve as a focus for the investigation of the contribution of archaeology and heritage to place identity, the development of senses of place over time, and the association between archaeology and community. Essentially, this project aims to investigate the way in which archaeology and heritage may influence daily life by examining the manner in which inhabitants of a particular locale perceive and interpret the landscape and historical fabric of the places in which they live. Finally, a principal, if perhaps unelucidated, concern is to emphasize the relevance of both place and interdisciplinary approaches to archaeological and historical studies.