Publications & Speaking

Over the last number of years we have been seeking to highlight the urgent need to address the archaeology of Ireland’s 20th century conflicts at a national level. A selection of the publications and presentations that have delivered on that topic are below.

Relevant Publications


Shiels D 2016 The Heritage Centenary Sites of Rebel County CorkCork County Council, 227pp.

Book Chapters

Godson J & Shiels D (Forthcoming, 2021) ‘Landscapes of Counter-Memory: The Battle for Cork’ in Fearghal McGarry & Darragh Gannon (eds) Ireland, 1922. Royal Irish Academy.

Shiels D 2015 ‘Place versus memory: forgetting Ireland’s sites of independence?’ in L Godson & J Brück (eds.) Making 1916: The Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Rising. Liverpool University Press.

Journals, Articles, Essays

Shiels D 2013 ‘The Military Archaeology of Irish Buildings in the Twentieth Century in Institute for Archaeologists Buildings Group, Newsletter 35.

Shiels D 2009 ‘Identifying and Interpreting Ireland’s Post Medieval Conflict Archaeology’ in Journal of Irish Archaeology Volume 17.

Shiels D 2007 ‘The Potential for Conflict Archaeology in the Republic of Ireland’ in Journal of Conflict Archaeology Volume 2.

Shiels D 2006 ‘The Archaeology of Insurrection: St. Stephen’s Green 1916’ in Archaeology Ireland Volume 20 No. 1, Spring 2006.


Shiels D 2014 An Archaeological Assessment of the Knockraha Bomb Factory & Knockraha’s War of Independence Heritage

Select Presentations

July 21, 2021. The Landscapes of Revolution Project and the Kilcommon Ambush. Landscapes of Revolution Project Inception Talk for Tipperary County Council. Online Event.

April 27, 2021. Place versus Memory: The Archaeology of the War of Independence & Civil War in Cork. Glasnevin Trust Spring Lecture Series, Glasnevin, Co. Dublin. Online Event.

September 30, 2018. History Under Our Feet: The Hidden Landscapes of the War of Independence. The Thomas Kent School of History Symposium, Fermoy, Co. Cork.

June 8, 2018. Place versus Memory: Monuments, Memorialisation, and Forgetting Ireland’s Sites of Independence. Moving Statues – Shifted Meanings: Contested Memorials in Ireland and the US South Conference, Queens University, Belfast.

March 28, 2016. Unearthing Ireland’s Revolutionary Wars– Examining the Archaeological Evidence. RTE Reflecting the Rising Event, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Heuston Lecture Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.

September 27, 2017. The 1920 Midleton Ambush and the Archaeology of the War of Independence. Midleton College, Midleton, Co. Cork.

December 17, 2016. Workshop: Identifying and Recording Your Landscapes of Revolution. Midleton Library, Midleton, Co. Cork.

November 17, 2016. Midleton’s Landscapes of Revolution. Midleton Library, Midleton, Co. Cork.

September 24, 2016. The Archaeology of the War of Independence. 2016 International Fields of Conflict Conference, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College. Dublin.

October 6, 2016. The Archaeology of the War of Independence & Irish Civil War.National Museum of Ireland, Kildare St., Dublin, Ireland.

August 22, 2016. 1916 & The Heritage Centenary Sites of Co. Cork. Council Chamber, Cork County Hall, Cork.

June 10, 2016. The Archaeology of Revolutionary Ireland. Middle Tennessee State University Irish Institute, Boston College, Dublin (followed by an on-site tour of St. Stephen’s Green 1916 site), Ireland.

May 22, 2015. The Conflict Landscapes of Ireland and the Revolutionary Archaeology of Roscommon, Fighting Irish Roadshow, King House, Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland.

April 26, 2015. World War One Tour of Kells, Co. Meath, Kells, Meath, Ireland.

February 1, 2015. Exploring the Archaeological Opportunities of the Decade of Centenaries. Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group Conference, Kinsale, Cork, Ireland.

January 22, 2015. Knockraha and the War of Independence. Knockraha Community Hall, Cork, Ireland.

July 26, 2014. The Archaeology of Ireland and the Great War, Great War Roadshow, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland.

January 24, 2014. Ireland’s Forgotten World War One Landscapes, Ireland and the First World War Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

December 4, 2013. Archaeology and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23: Lost Opportunities, Trinity Long Room Hub & Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

April 26, 2013. Place versus Memory: Forgetting Ireland’s Sites of Independence, Object Matters: Making 1916 Conference, Wood Quay, Dublin, Ireland.

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