Dr Stephen Mandal

Stephen is co-founder of the Irish Archaeology Field School.  He is also co-founder of Cultural Tourism Ireland (2010), the Irish Heritage School (2016), Dig it Kids (2011), and CRDS Ltd (1997).

He co-founded two highly acclaimed community-based research and education projects, the Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project and the Digging the Lost Town of Carrig Project and has presented academic and public talks on the projects in Ireland and internationally, including to the Smithsonian (Washington DC) and the Archaeological Institute of America (Boston).

Steve is an expert guide and travel planner with Cultural Tourism Ireland and has led several special interest tours of Ireland’s archaeological heritage. He is a Heritage in Schools Expert and teaches in-school archaeology education programmes. He also runs hands-on educational camps, workshops and events for children and educators.

From 2012 to 2015 Steve was External Examiner in Applied Archaeology at Sligo Institute of Technology. In 2013, he was appointed to a European Commission DG Enterprise Project to review cultural heritage tourism across the European Union. In 2015, he was appointed international guest speaker for the Archaeological Institute of America’s lecture program. He served as financial advisor to the World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6) (2009).

He spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Archaeology Department, University College Dublin, during which time he also undertook a research fellowship in Bologna, Italy. Steve’s main research interest is the use of stone in archaeological contexts, and he is the geologist for the Irish Stone Axe Project, co-authoring with Prof Gabriel Cooney the Project Monograph in 1998. He has contributed geology and geoarchaeology chapters to several books and authored numerous academic papers.

Steve is a professional member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and the European Federation of Professional Geologists. He served as Vice-Chairperson of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology from 2009 to 2014.