Biography

Dr Eoin Grogan is a landscape archaeologist specialising in Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement and social studies. He also has a very considerable reputation as a prehistoric ceramic specialist. Eoin has published extensively and directed several excavations including Carrig, Co. Wicklow (National Museum of Ireland funded), Furness, Co. Kildare (Royal Irish Academy), Mitchelstowndown and Mitchelstowndown North, Co. Limerick, as well as the Clenagh hilltop settlement and the hillfort at Mooghaun, Co. Clare.

Eoin completed his archaeological studies, including a MA (1980) and PhD (1989), in University College Dublin. He worked in the Department of Archaeology as researcher, tutor, lecturer and ultimately Senior Lecturer from 1977–1992. During this period, he designed, taught and examined courses on the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Ireland and Europe, and Iron Age and early medieval studies. Eoin also completed the Archaeological Inventory of County Wicklow (Grogan and Kilfeather 1998), while a major research grant from the OPW—with financial assistance from UCD—funded the analysis and publication of five Neolithic and Beaker habitation enclosures excavated by Professor Seán P. Ó Ríordáin at Lough Gur, Co. Limerick (Grogan and Eogan 1987). He was co-founder (with Professor Gabriel Cooney) of the Irish Stone Axe Project and a member of the Implement Petrology Committee (Britain), as well as the founding Chairman of the Organisation of Irish Archaeologists.

From 1992–2002 Eoin was Research Director in the Discovery Programme—Ireland’s institution for advanced archaeological research (North Munster Project 1992–2000, Lake Settlement Project 2000–2000). Other research included Partnership in three EU Projects, The Walton Basin, Wales: Survey Exploration and Preservation of the Archaeological Heritage (SEPAH, 1997–1998), European Pathways to the Cultural Landscape (PCL, 2001–2003), and Communities of Interest Promoting Heritage of the European Regions (CIPHER, 2002–2003). From 2003–2012 he was an Academic Consultant to the National Roads Authority (now TII) and Academic Editor for a series of NRA/TII monographs (four published and four in press). In 2005 he published The Rath of the Synods, Tara, Co. Meath: excavations by Seán P. Ó Ríordáin helping to complete the lifetime work of that distinguished scholar.


Dr Grogan began teaching (for the History Department, and subsequently for the Early Irish Department) in Maynooth University in 2003. He was closely involved in the establishment, in 2013, of an innovative new academic unit—Ionad na hÉigse (the Centre for Irish Cultural Heritage), now Irish Cultural Heritage—in the School of Celtic Studies, Maynooth University; this provides integrated learning in the fields of archaeology, history, early Irish literature and landscape studies.


Current projects include the assessment and publication of the very extensive, and nationally important, crannog excavation at Moynagh Lough, Co. Meath, carried out by his late colleague John Bradley of the History Department, Maynooth University. The research, funded by the Royal Irish Academy and Maynooth University, is led by Dr Michael Potterton (of the same department) and Dr Grogan (Irish Cultural Heritage) has undertaken the research and reporting of the Bronze Age phases of the report. This year, substantial work has been completed on the ceramic component of the assemblage.
Another important area of research is on the Bronze Age cemetery at Carrig, Co, Wicklow, funded by the National Museum of Ireland. This study is engaged in the publication of the rich funerary complex at Carrig and the extensive Bronze Age landscape in the area overlooking the Liffey Valley. The site was, uniquely, in use for over 1,000 years (c. 2000–800 BC) and produced an important assemblage of associated (and intact) Bronze Age pottery, copper alloy implements and (locally manufactured) faience beads.

Dr Grogan has published 14 books (as author, co-author, editor or co-editor), as well as over 100 book chapters and journal papers, and has completed over four hundred reports (many published) on Irish prehistoric ceramic assemblages and continues to engage in this specialist research. He has presented numerous papers, at conferences and as guest lecturer, in Ireland, Britain, Finland, the Czech Republic, Malta and Canada.

Books

  Year Publication
2008 The Rath of the Synods, Tara, Co. Meath: excavations by Seán P. Ó Ríordáin.
Grogan E (2008) The Rath of the Synods, Tara, Co. Meath: excavations by Seán P. Ó Ríordáin. Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
2007 The Bronze Age landscapes of the Pipeline to the West.
Grogan, E., O’Donnell, L. and Johnson, P. (2007) The Bronze Age landscapes of the Pipeline to the West. Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
2005 The prehistoric landscape of North Munster.
Grogan, E. (2005) The prehistoric landscape of North Munster. Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
2005 The North Munster Project. Volume 1: The later prehistoric landscape of south-east Clare.
Grogan E (2005) The North Munster Project. Volume 1: The later prehistoric landscape of south-east Clare. Wordwell, Bray: The Discovery Programme. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'The Bronze Age: a surfeit of data?'
Grogan, E. (2017) 'The Bronze Age: a surfeit of data?' In: M. Stanley, R. Swan and A. O’Sullivan (eds). Stories of Ireland's Past: knowledge gained from NRA roads archaeology. Dublin: TII Ireland. [Details]
2016 'The Burtown Lady: personal adornment in Early Bronze Age Ireland'
Grogan, E., Dunne, N. and Moloney, C. (2016) 'The Burtown Lady: personal adornment in Early Bronze Age Ireland' In: M. Stanley (eds). Above and Below: the archaeology of roads and light rail. Dublin: TII Ireland. [Details]
2013 'Chronologies for Tara and comparable royal sites of the Irish Iron Age'
Bayliss, A. and Grogan, E (2013) 'Chronologies for Tara and comparable royal sites of the Irish Iron Age' In: M. O’Sullivan, C. Scarre and M. Doyle (eds). Tara—from the past to the future. Towards a new research agenda. Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
2013 'The development of the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape in the Tara region'
Grogan, E. (2013) 'The development of the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape in the Tara region' In: M. O’Sullivan, C. Scarre and M. Doyle (eds). Tara—From the Past to the Future. Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
2012 'Pottery'
Roche, H. and Grogan, E. (2012) 'Pottery' In: V. Ginn and S. Rathbone (eds). Corrstown: a Coastal Community. Excavations of a Bronze Age Village in Northern Ireland. Oxford: Oxbow Books. [Details]
2010 'Clay and Fire: the development and distribution of pottery traditions in prehistoric Ireland'
Grogan, E. and Roche, H. (2010) 'Clay and Fire: the development and distribution of pottery traditions in prehistoric Ireland' In: J. O’Sullivan and M. Stanley (eds). Creative Minds. Dublin: NRA. [Details]
2008 'An assessment of middle Bronze Age domestic pottery in Ireland'
Grogan, E. and Roche, H. (2008) 'An assessment of middle Bronze Age domestic pottery in Ireland' In: G. Cooney, K. Becker, J. Coles, M. Ryan and S. Sievers (eds). Relics of Old Decency: archaeological studies in later prehistory. A festschrift for Barry Raftery. Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
2004 'Middle Bronze Age burial traditions in Ireland'
Grogan, E. (2004) 'Middle Bronze Age burial traditions in Ireland' In: H. Roche, E. Grogan, J. Bradley, J. Coles and B. Raftery (eds). From Megaliths to Metals. Essays in Honour of George Eogan. Oxford: Oxbow. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'A Bronze Age hilltop cemetery complex: Ballon Hill, Co. Carlow'
O’Neil, N, Grogan, E. et al. (2018) 'A Bronze Age hilltop cemetery complex: Ballon Hill, Co. Carlow'. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 73 :5-20 [Details]
1992 'Stone axes studies in Ireland'
Sheridan, A., Cooney, G. and Grogan, E. (1992) 'Stone axes studies in Ireland'. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society and Journal of Social Archaeology, 58 :389-416 [IR Link] [Details]
1987 'Lough Gur excavations by Seán P. Ó Ríordáin: further Neolithic and Beaker habitations on Knockadoon'
Grogan, E. and Eogan, G. (1987) 'Lough Gur excavations by Seán P. Ó Ríordáin: further Neolithic and Beaker habitations on Knockadoon'. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY: SECTION C, 87 :299-506 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 Travelling, journeying and pilgrimage in early Ireland
Grogan, E. (2018) Travelling, journeying and pilgrimage in early Ireland . In: T. Ní Mhaonaigh eds. Léachtaí Cholm Cille XLVIII An Moinsíneoir Pádraig Ó Fiannachta;Saol agus Saothar , pp.7-22 [Details]
2014 High and Low: identity and status in late Bronze Age Ireland
Grogan, E. (2014) High and Low: identity and status in late Bronze Age Ireland . In: V. Ginn eds. Exploring Prehistoric Identity in NW Europe: our construct or theirs? , pp.60-71 [Details]
2004 The implications of Irish Neolithic houses
Grogan, E. (2004) The implications of Irish Neolithic houses . In: I. Shepherd and G. Barclay eds. Scotland in Ancient Europe Edinburgh, , pp.103-114 [Details]
1998 People and Place during the Irish Neolithic: Exploring Social Change in Time and Space
Cooney, G. and Grogan, E. (1998) People and Place during the Irish Neolithic: Exploring Social Change in Time and Space . In: M. Edmonds and C. Richards eds. Understanding the Neolithic of north-western Europe Glasgow, , pp.456-480 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2015 Maynooth University Teaching and Learning Showcase.
Grogan, E; Leenane, M; McCormack, B (2015) Maynooth University Teaching and Learning Showcase. [Poster Presentation], Cracking the code: early manuscripts at Maynooth University, Maynooth , 10-JUN-15 - 10-JUN-15 [Details]