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Mr Domhnall O'Meara


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Member of the Department of Archaeology  



I undertook my BA and MA at University College Cork (2003-2007) before working in the UK commercial archaeology sector, primarily as an archaeobotanist, since 2008. I am also editor of Archaeologia Aeliana; the journal of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


I am undertaking research on the environmental archaeology work (specifically the archaeobotanical work) of the Carlisle Archaeological Unit from 1977-2002; including reassessment of previous work and new analysis of unprocessed soil samples previously stored at Tullie House Museum. This research primarily looks at charred plant macrofossils (seeds, cereal grains and charcoal).

My research focuses on the creation of the archaeobotanical record, particularly the natural, archaeological and contemporary factors which work to preserve or destroy this record. I am also interested in proceedures and standards of archaeobotanical work on a broader national scale.

Research groups

  • Heritage Partnerships


Book review

  • O'Meara, D (2015). The Cambridge World Prehistory. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 199-206.

Chapter in book

  • O'Meara, Don (2018). The Riddle of the Sands: Sieving Methodology in the Recovery of Human Remains. In Trends in Biological Anthropology 2. Holst, M & Alexander, M Oxbow Books. 91-101.
  • O'Meara, D (2014). Ruminating on the Past: A History of Digestive Taphonomy in Experimental Archaeology. In Experiments Past: Histories of Experimental Archaeology. Reeves Flores, Jodi & Paardekooper, Roeland Sidestone Press. 131-145.

Journal Article

  • Gerard, J, Agate, A, Seddon, B, Hayward, K, O’Meara, D & Rielly, K (2017). The deserted medieval settlement at (?)Barrow, Odcombe, Somerset: trial excavations in 2014. Medieval Settlement Research 32: 60-69.
  • Moore, B Hird, L O’Meara, D, Padley, T & Stoakley, M (2014). Southworth Quarry, Winwick, 2013: Excavation of a Roman Rural Settlement. Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society 13-38.
  • O’Brien, C, Adams, M, Haycock, D, O’Meara, D & Pennie, J (2014). The Early Ecclesiastical Complexes Of Carrowmore and Clonca and their Landscape Context in Inishowen, County Donegal. Ulster Journal of Archaeology 72: 142-160.
  • Railton, M Bradley, J, Millar, I, Stoakley, M, Jackson, D, O’Meara, D & Hall, A (2014). Peter Gate, Cumwhinton: Archaeological investigation of a medieval rural site. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society XIV: 63-102.