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Grace McAlister

Assistant Excavation Director
Telephone: 028 9097 3728

After graduating from Queens in 2009, Grace worked in commercial archaeology before joining the CAF in 2011.  Since then she has been involved in the excavation and survey of significant archaeological monuments and landscapes, as well as researching and writing reports and publications.  Grace has directed a number of projects including the excavation of a seventeenth-century village at Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim as well as an excavation and building survey at Clonallon Church, Co. Down.   Community and public outreach excavations also account for a significant part of her work within CAF and she works alongside Landscape Partnerships to facilitate volunteer and school visits to archaeological excavations.  Grace has also worked with local Councils, designing and delivering interactive archaeology workshops to local primary and secondary schools at sites such as Mountsandel, Co. Derry and the Hill of O'Neill, Co. Tyrone.


Grace is a leader with the Belfast branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club, a member of the Ulster Archaeological Society and their Field Survey Group and Assistant Editor of the Ulster Journal of Archaeology (UJA).



Journal Articles

McAlister, G. 2016 'Field surveys undertaken by the Ulster Archaeological Society in 2011'. Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 72 (2013-2014), 227-236.
Macdonald, P. & McAlister G. 2015. ‘Archaeological Investigations of the Seventeenth-Century Military Landscape at Boom Hall, County Londonderry’, Ulster Journal of Archaeology. Vol. 71 (2012), 88-117.
McAlister, G. 2014. 'Field surveys undertaken by the Ulster Archaeological Society in 2009'. Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 70 (2011), 126-137.
General Reader Publications
McAlister, G and Gault, A. 2015. ‘The MacQuillans and Dunluce Castle’. Archaeology Ireland 29:1, 9-11.
McAlister, G. (2014) ‘Excavations at Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim’, CAF Data Structure Report No. 111.
McAlister, G. (2013) ‘Excavations at Clonallon Church of Ireland, Clonallon Glebe, Co.Down’, CAF Data Structure Report No. 98.
McAlister, G. (2012) ‘Survey of Divis Cashel, Co. Antrim’, UAS Survey Report No. 36.