The Archaeology of Queen Maeve – Professor John Waddell

The great Queen Maeve is the most famous figure associated with the royal site of Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon (ancient Crúachain). According to early Irish tradition this was the location of her splendid palatial dwelling. But archaeology suggests a very different picture …
Professor John Waddell, former Professor of Archaeology and Head of the Archaeology Department at NUIG. A graduate the then University College, Galway, he studied at the University of Glasgow and worked in the National Museum of Ireland before returning to Galway in 1970. Appointed Professor of Archaeology in 1998, he is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. His research interests lie mainly in the archaeology of prehistoric Ireland and in the prehistoric relationships between this island, Britain and Continental Europe. Publications include studies of Irish early Bronze Age pottery and burials, a major synthesis of the archaeology of prehistoric Ireland, a history of Irish archaeology and a study of archaeology and Celtic mythology. Fieldwork has included work on the Aran Islands and in the royal site of Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon.

This lecture took place on Monday 12th September 2016, at 8 p.m. in the Harbour Hotel.