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Jensen, B.J.L., Pyne-O’Donnell, S., Plunkett, G., Froese, D.G., Hughes, P.D.M, Sigl, M., McConnell, J.R., Amesbury, M., Blackwell, P.G., van den Bogaard, C., Buck, C., Charman, D.J., Clague, J.J., Hall, V.A., Koch, J., Mackay, H., Mallon, G., McColl, L. & Pilcher, J.R. (2014) Transatlantic correlation of the Alaskan White River Ash. Geology 42, 875-878, doi: 10.1130/G35945.1

Sun, C., Plunkett, G., Liu, J., Zhao, H., Sigl, M., McConnell, J.R., Pilcher, J.R., Vinther, B.M., Steffensen, J.P. & Hall, V.A. 2014 Ash from Changbaishan Millennium eruption recorded in Greenland ice: implications for determining the eruption's timing and impact. Geophysical Research Letters 41, 694-701, doi:10.1002/2013GL058642

Coulter, S.E., Pilcher, J.R., Plunkett, G., Baillie, M.G.L., Hall, V.A., Steffensen, J.P., Vinther, B.M., Clausen, H.B. & Johnsen, S.J. 2012 Holocene tephras highlight complexity of volcanic signals in Greenland ice cores. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 117, D21303, doi:10.1029/2012JD017698

Lawson, I.T., Swindles, G.T., Plunkett, G. & Greenberg, D. 2012 The spatial distribution of Holocene cryptotephras in north-west Europe since 7 ka: implications for understanding ash fall events from Icelandic eruptions. Quaternary Science Reviews 41, 57-66.

Swindles, G.T., Lawson, I.T., Savov, I.P., Connor, C.B. & Plunkett, G. 2011 A 7000-year perspective on volcanic ash clouds affecting Northern Europe. Geology 39, 887-890.

Coulter, S.E., Pilcher, J.R., Hall, V.A., Plunkett, G. & Davies, S.M. 2010 Testing the reliability of the JEOL FEGSEM 6500F electron microprobe for quantitative major element analysis of glass shards from rhyolitic tephra. Boreas 39, 163-169.

Swindles, G.T., De Vleeschouwer, F. & Plunkett, G. 2010. Dating peat profiles using tephra: stratigraphy, geochemistry and chronology. Mires and Peat 7, 1-9.

Swindles, G., Plunkett, G. & Hall, V.A. 2008 Late Quaternary tephrochronology of the North of Ireland. In N.J. Whitehouse, H.M. Roe, S. McCarron & J. Knight (eds), North of Ireland: Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association, London, 41-45.

Plunkett, G.M., Pilcher, J.R., McCormac, F.G. & Hall, V.A. 2004 New dates for first millennium BC tephra isochrones in Ireland. The Holocene 14, 780-786.  

Plunkett, G.M., Whitehouse, N.J., Hall, V.A., Brown, D.M. & Baillie, M.G.L. 2004 A precisely-dated lake-level rise marked by diatomite formation in northeastern Ireland. Journal of Quaternary Science 19, 3-7.


Palynology and vegetation histories

Plunkett, G. 2014 Post-glacial environmental history of Co. Fermanagh. In R. McHugh, C. Foley. & B.B. Williams, An Archaeological Survey of Co. Fermanagh; From the earliest settlers to the Flight of the Earls, The Stationary Office, Belfast.

Trainor, P. & Plunkett, G. 2013 Ballyoran Bog—environmental core samples. In K. Hanley & M.F. Hurley (eds), Generations: the archaeology of five national road schemes in County Cork, National Roads Authority, Dublin, 33-36.

Plunkett, G. 2009 Land-use patterns and cultural change in the Middle to Late Bronze Age in Ireland: inferences from the pollen record. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 18, 273-295.

Plunkett, G. 2009 Socio-political dynamics in later prehistoric Ireland: insights from the pollen record. In R.B. Salisbury & T. Thurston (eds), Reimagining Regional Analyses: The Archaeology of Spatial and Social Dynamics, Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridge, 42-66.

Plunkett, G., Whitehouse, N.J., Hall, V.A., Charman, D.J., Blaauw, M., Kelly, E. & Mulhall, I. 2009 A multi-proxy palaeoenvironmental investigation of the findspot of an Iron Age bog body from Oldcroghan, Co. Offaly, Ireland. Journal of Archaeological Science 36, 265-277.

Pilcher, J., Plunkett., G. & Whitehouse, N.J. 2008 Palaeoecology of the North of Ireland: history and overview. In N.J. Whitehouse, H.M. Roe, S. McCarron & J. Knight (eds), North of Ireland: Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association, London, 29-40.

Plunkett, G. 2008 Vegetation history of the Bann Valley. In N.J. Whitehouse, H.M. Roe, S. McCarron & J. Knight (eds), North of Ireland: Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association, London, 91-97.

Plunkett, G., Carroll, F., Hartwell, B., Whitehouse, N.J. & Reimer, P.J. 2008 Vegetation history at the multi-period prehistoric complex at Ballynahatty, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Journal of Archaeological Science 35, 181-190.

Plunkett, G., Carroll, F., Whitehouse, N. & Reimer, P. 2008 Ballynahatty Bog. In N.J. Whitehouse, H.M. Roe, S. McCarron & J. Knight (eds), North of Ireland: Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association, London, 174-178.

Plunkett, G. 2007 Pollen analysis and archaeology in Ireland. In E. Murphy & N.J. Whitehouse (eds), Environmental Archaeology in Ireland, Oxbow, Oxford, 221-240.


Peatland proxies

Swindles, G.T., Lawson, I.T., Matthews, I.P., Blaauw, M., Daley, T.J., Charman, D.J., Roland, T.P., Plunkett, G., Schettler, G., Gearey, B.R., Turner, T.E., Rea, H.A., Roe, H.M., Amesbury, M.J., Chambers, F.M., Holmes, J., Mitchell, F.J.G., Blackford, J., Blundell, A., Branch, N., Holmes, J., Langdon, P., McCarroll, J., McDermott, F., Oksanen, P.O., Pritchard, O., Stastney, O., Stefanini, B., Young, D., Wheeler, J., Becker, K. & Armit, I. 2013 Centennial-scale climate change in Ireland during the Holocene. Earth Science Reviews 126, 300-320, doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2013.08.012.

Swindles, G.T., Morris, P.J., Baird, A.J., Blaauw, M. & Plunkett, G. 2012 Ecohydrological feedbacks confound peat-based climate reconstructions. Geophysical Research Letters 39, L11401.

Swindles, G.T. & Plunkett, G. 2011 The methodological basis for fine-resolution, multi-proxy reconstructions of ombrotrophic peat bog surface wetness: comments. Boreas 40, 379-381.

Swindles, G.T. & Plunkett, G. 2010 Testing the palaeoclimate significance of the Northern Irish bog oak record. The Holocene 20, 155-159.

Plunkett, G. & Swindles, G.T 2008 Determining the Sun's influence on Late Glacial and Holocene climates: a focus on climate response to centennial-scale solar forcing at 2800 cal. BP. Quaternary Science Reviews 27, 175-184.  

Swindles, G.T., Plunkett, G. & Roe, H. 2007 A multi-proxy climate record from a raised bog in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland: a critical examination of the link between bog surface wetness and solar variability. Journal of Quaternary Science 22, 667-679.

Swindles, G.T., Plunkett, G. & Roe, H. 2007 A delayed climatic response to solar forcing at 2800 cal. BP: multi-proxy evidence from three Irish peatlands. The Holocene 17, 177-182.

Plunkett, G. 2006 Tephra-linked peat humification records from Irish ombrotrophic bogs question nature of solar forcing at 850 cal. BC. Journal of Quaternary Science 21, 9-16.  


Wetland archaeology

Plunkett, G., McDermott, C., Swindles, G.T., Brown, D.M. 2013 Environmental indifference? A critique of environmentally deterministic theories of peatland archaeological site construction in Ireland. Quaternary Science Reviews 61, 16-31, 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.11.002.

Bermingham, N., Plunkett, G., Reilly, E. & Stuijts, I. 2009 Revealing the ancient environment on the N4, Edercloon, Co. Longford. Seanda 4, 12-15.

McDermott, C., Moore, C., Murray, C., Plunkett, G. and Stanley, M. 2009 A Colossus of Roads: the Iron Age archaeology of Ireland's peatlands. In G. Cooney, K. Becker, J. Coles, M. Ryan and S. Sievers (eds), Relics of Old Decency: Archaeological Studies in Later Prehistory. Festschrift for Barry Raftery, Wordwell, Dublin.

O Neill, J., Plunkett, G. & Whitehouse, N. 2009 The archaeological and palaeoecological investigation of a Middle Bronze Age settlement at Ballyarnet Lake, Co Derry. Ulster Journal of Archaeology 66 (2007), 39-49.

Ó Néill, J. & Plunkett, G. 2007 A Middle Bronze Age occupation site at Ballyarnet Lake, Co. Derry: the site and its wider context. In J. Barber et al. (eds), Archaeology from the Wetlands: Recent Perspectives, Proceedings of the 11th WARP Conference, Edinburgh 2005, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 175-181.

Plunkett, G. & McDermott, C. 2007 Exploring the role of environment in wetland archaeological contexts in Ireland. In E. Murphy & N.J. Whitehouse (eds), Environmental Archaeology in Ireland, Oxbow, Oxford, 277-295.

Plunkett, G. & Foley, C. 2006 Peatland archaeology in Northern Ireland: an evaluation. Journal of Wetland Archaeology 6, 83-97.  

McDermott, C., Murray, C., Plunkett, G. & Stanley, M. 2002 Of bogs, boats and bows: IAWU survey 2001. Archaeology Ireland 16 (1), 28-31.



Plunkett, G. 2011 Archaeobotanical remains. In S. Gormley, An excavation at St. Thomas’s Church, Rathlin Island, County Antrim. Ulster Journal of Archaeology 68, 98.

Plunkett, G. 2009 Archaeobotanical analysis at Drumadoon, Co. Antrim. In C. McSparron & B. Williams, The excavation of an Early Christian rath with later medieval occupation at Drumadoon, Co. Antrim. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 109C, A1-A10.

McSparron, C. (with contributions by G. Plunkett, P. Macdonald and E. Murray) 2008 (for 2007) Excavations at Terryhoogan, County Armagh. Ulster Journal of Archaeology 66, 120-131.

Plunkett, G. 2008 (for 2007) Archaeobotanical analyses of material from Aghaloo Church, Rousky, Co. Tyrone. In N. Carver, Excavations at Aghaloo Church, Rousky, County Tyrone. Ulster Journal of Archaeology 66, 75-96.

Plunkett, G. 2006 Archaeobotanical analysis of soil samples from the Dorsey, Dorsy, Co. Armagh. In D. Hurl & C. McSparron, Excavations at The Dorsey, Co. Armagh, 2002. Ulster Journal of Archaeology 63 (2004), 50-51.

Plunkett, G., Bentley, B. & Collins, B. 2005 The archaeobotanical remains. In J. White Marshall & C. Walsh (eds), Illaunloughan Island: An Early Medieval Monastery in Co. Kerry (Appendix 4), Wordwell, Bray.



Armit, I., Swindles, G.T., Becker, K., Plunkett, G. & Blaauw, M., 2014. Rapid climate change did not cause population collapse at the end of the European Bronze Age. PNAS 111, 17045-17049, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1408028111

Thurston, T. & Plunkett, G. 2012 A dynamic human socioecology of prehistoric and protohistoric Ulster. In L. Giosan, D.Q. Fuller, K. Nicoll, R.K. Flad & P.D. Clift (eds), Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations, Geophysical Monograph Series 198, American Geophysical Union, Washington D.C., 177–191, doi:10.1029/2012GM001227.

Wilson, P. & Plunkett, G. 2010 Age and palaeoenvironmental significance of an inter-tidal peat bed at the Bann estuary, Co. Londonderry. Irish Geography 43, 265-275.

Kerr, T.R., Swindles, G.T. & Plunkett, G. 2009 Making hay while the sun shines? Socio-economic change, cereal production and climatic deterioration in Early Medieval Ireland. Journal of Archaeological Science 36, 2868-2874.

Plunkett, G. 2006 Hekla 3, environmental downturn and Irish Late Bronze Age hillfort connections revisited. Emania 20, 55-60.

Plunkett, G. 2006 (for 2004) Archaeology and palaeoenvironment at Grangemore Dunes, Co Derry. Ulster Journal of Archaeology 63, 1-13.

Murray, E., McCormick, F. & Plunkett, G. 2004 The food economies of Atlantic island monasteries: the documentary and archaeo-environmental evidence. Environmental Archaeology 9, 179-189.

Whitehouse, N.J., Murphy, E.M. & Plunkett, G. 2004 Human exploitation and biota of islands. Environmental Archaeology 9, 113-115.


Edited volumes

Whitehouse, N.J., Murphy, E.M. & Plunkett, G. (eds) 2004 Worlds Apart? Human Settlement and Biota of Islands, Environmental Archaeology 9 (2), Oxbow, Oxford.


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