This is a 3D model of the Barrow on the top of Knockloon hill. We began a project on Knockloon with a geophysical survey in 2017. In 2018 we carried out more geophysics, an aerial survey and some excavation. We will continue to work on this site during 2019, expanding both our surveys and excavation trenches. We would like to thank the Royal Irish Academy, who sponsered the 2018 aerial survey and Dr Paul Naessans of Western Aerial Surveys, who carried out the work for us. We are gradually adding the reports for this work to our reports section. 

This is a 3D model of the landscape surrounding our 2016 excavation, on Roughan Hill. There are links embedded in the model that will take you to further details. 

We use and teach 3D photogrammetry on our courses. The software we use is Agisoft photoscan. 

This is a video showing some of the experimental casting that we carried out in Craggaunowen as part of our experimental archaeological course during 2016

A 3D model of a shale stone axe, found in the midlands of Ireland by our director Ros. This axe is particularly interesting because it was reworked in antiquity and is the subject of a forthcoming article.

A video by of some of our experimental work in 2017. The video was taken and produced by one of our students, Cassidy Malone, from Texas.

Our field director Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin presented some of the initial findings from our 2015 season at the Bronze Age Forum in the University of Exeter. Here he is holding a 3D print of a wedge tomb (leath carraig) sent to us by one of our students - Michael V Habisohn. The model picked up the erosion patterns on the stones and the 3D print is a great way of illustrating these to other academics and students. Click here to see a close up of the 3D print.

Here comes the sun: Excavating at Roughan Hill

First week of excavation 2015

Stripping the sod off the site is one of the more difficult jobs - not as much work as back-filling however!

A little melancholy music for the last day on-site for group 1: 2015.

To the right is an aerial survey of the site that we excavated in the summer of 2015. The video was taken by Dr Paul Naessans of Western Aerial Survey using a quadcopter.

It can be difficult to identify the site - if you don't know what to look for. The site is visible at various stages during the video. For example, at 1 min 5 seconds it appears on the right hand side of the bottom of the video and slowly moves to a more central position. The tomb has a clearly visible stone slab built chamber surrounded by a large grass covered circular cairn (mound of stones).

One day of bronze casting in one minute. This is a timelapse of our last day of casting during the our 2016 experimental archaeology fieldschool. Hold on to see a few seconds of our party near the end! Bodhran by Josselin Fournel (

This is another wedge tomb on Roughan Hill. Click here to open the model. It is one of at least 16 on the hill. It is unexcavated, but is likely to contain both inhumed and cremated human remains. Our fieldschool students named it ‘Leaba na mBroic’, Irish for ‘The bed of the badger’ since some animal had made their bed in it - we’re not sure if it was a badger but the name has a nice ring to it.