Mr. Conor Newman

MA

Contact Details

Senior Lecturer
Archaeology Department
Quadrangle
NUI, Galway

T: Ext. 3407
E: conor.newman@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Graduate of University College Dublin (1984); Masters degree 1986;Awarded NUI Travelling Studentship 1987; Director Discovery Programme Tara Survey 1992-96.

Currently co-director (with Dr Mark Stansbury - Classics NUIG) of the Columbanus: life and legacy Project (PRTLI4 and Andrew Mellon Foundation) and member of the International  Scientific Committee of Making Europe: Columbanus and his legacy. Conor's research contribution to this project apply in the fields of art-history and landscape archaeology

Conor is also interested in landscape archaeology, and has a specialist interest in royal landscapes. He has worked extensively on the royal landscape of Tara, Co. Meath, Ireland.

Conor represents NUI Galway at UNISCAPE ( a network of over 50 European universities committed to landscape education and research, and delivery of the European Landscape Convention. He recently co-edited the proceedings of UNISCAPE's conference Landscape and Imagination: towards a new baseline for education in a changing world (Paris May 2013).

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and was awarded the British Academy's John Coles Medal for Landscape Archaeology in 2011. 

He is on the Board of the Moore Institute (NUI, Galway); the Centre for Landscape Studies (NUI Galway); and is co-director of the module SU407 Introduction to Art in Ireland, NUIG Summer School.

He has been Chairman of the Heritage Council since June 2008.

Research Interests

Tara and the 'royal' complexes of Ireland; Irish Art AD 100-700; Landscape archaeology

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
IRC THE SYMBOLISIM OF THE TREE OF LIFE AND TREE OF KNOWLEDGE IN EARLY CHRISTIAN ART AND ICONOGRAPHY KARINA HENSEL 01-OCT-12 30-SEP-14
IRC EARLY MEDIEVAL BROOCH PINS OF IRELAND AND BRITAIN BRENDAN KELLY 01-OCT-12 30-SEP-14
HEA PRTLI4 COLOMBANUS CONOR NEWMAN 01-OCT-07 15-OCT-14
938 DISCOVERY PROG WADDELL NEWMAN 01-NOV-98 31-DEC-11
979 PRTLI C2 222 LANDSCAPE AND SOC IN IRL 01-OCT-00 03-SEP-04

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2012) 'The bronze penannular brooch from DL3'
Newman, C. (in Murray, E. and McCormick, F.) (2012) 'The bronze penannular brooch from DL3'. Proceedings Of The Royal Irish Academy Section C-Archaeology, 112C (N/A):24-26 [Details]
(2008) 'Environment and Ritual in a Late Iron Age Context: and example from Raffin Fort, Co Meath, Ireland, Charcoals from the Past: Cultural and Palaeoenvironmental Implications Cavallino-Lecce (Italy), June 28th - July 1st 2004, BAR (Int Ser) 1807'
Newman, C., Gavin, F. (2008) 'Environment and Ritual in a Late Iron Age Context: and example from Raffin Fort, Co Meath, Ireland, Charcoals from the Past: Cultural and Palaeoenvironmental Implications Cavallino-Lecce (Italy), June 28th - July 1st 2004, BAR (Int Ser) 1807'. Proceedings of the Third International Meeting of Anthracology, :75-92 [Details]
(2008) 'Notes on Insular silver in the Military Style'
Newman, C. (2008) 'Notes on Insular silver in the Military Style'. Journal of Irish Archaeology, 16 :1-10 [Details]
(2007) 'Interpretation of charcoal and pollen data relating to a late Iron Age ritual site in eastern Ireland: a holistic approach'
Newman, C,O'Connell, M,Dillon, M,Molloy, K (2007) 'Interpretation of charcoal and pollen data relating to a late Iron Age ritual site in eastern Ireland: a holistic approach'. Vegetation History And Archaeobotany, 16 :349-365 [DOI] [Details]
(2007) 'Procession and symbolism at Tara: analysis of Tech Midchuarta (the Banqueting Hall) in the context of the sacral campus'
Newman, C. (2007) 'Procession and symbolism at Tara: analysis of Tech Midchuarta (the Banqueting Hall) in the context of the sacral campus'. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 26.4 (4):415-438 [Details]
(2005) 'Iconographical analysis of the Marigold Stone, Carndonagh, Inishowen, Co Donegal. Making and Meaning:Trinity College Dublin. Four Courts Press, Dublin (with N Walsh)'
Newman, C. (2005) 'Iconographical analysis of the Marigold Stone, Carndonagh, Inishowen, Co Donegal. Making and Meaning:Trinity College Dublin. Four Courts Press, Dublin (with N Walsh)'. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Insular Art, :167-184 [Details]
(2005) 'Ballinderry Crannóg No 2, Co Offaly: Pre-Crannóg Early Medieval Horizon'
Newman, C. (2005) 'Ballinderry Crannóg No 2, Co Offaly: Pre-Crannóg Early Medieval Horizon'. 11 :99-124 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(1998) 'Reflections on the making of a royal site in early Ireland'
NEWMAN, C. et al. (1998) 'Reflections on the making of a royal site in early Ireland'. WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY, 30 :127-141 [Details]
(1997) 'Ballinderry Crannóg No 2, Co Offaly: the Later Bronze Age'
Newman, C. (1997) 'Ballinderry Crannóg No 2, Co Offaly: the Later Bronze Age'. Jnl Irish Archaeol, 8 :91-100 [Details]
(1995) 'The pin from Area 2, in Rideout, J Carn Dubh, Moulin, Perthshire: Survey and Excavation of an Archaeological Landscape 1987-90'
Newman, C. (1995) 'The pin from Area 2, in Rideout, J Carn Dubh, Moulin, Perthshire: Survey and Excavation of an Archaeological Landscape 1987-90'. Proceeding of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 125 :155-157 [Details]
(1990) 'Notes on some Irish Hanging-Bowl Escutcheons'
Newman, C. (1990) 'Notes on some Irish Hanging-Bowl Escutcheons'. Jnl Irish Archaeol 5 (1989/90), 5 :45-48 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(1990) 'Further Notes on Fowlers Type 3 Zoomorphic Penannular Brooches'
Newman, C. (1990) 'Further Notes on Fowlers Type 3 Zoomorphic Penannular Brooches'. Medieval Archaeology, 34 :147-148 [Details]
(1990) 'A Composite Bronze Escutcheon (appendix 1) in Eogan, G 1990 Ballynee Souterrains, Co Meath'
Newman, C. (1990) 'A Composite Bronze Escutcheon (appendix 1) in Eogan, G 1990 Ballynee Souterrains, Co Meath'. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 120 :41-64 [Details]
(1989) 'Fowlers Type F3 Early Medieval Penannular Brooches'
Newman, C. (1989) 'Fowlers Type F3 Early Medieval Penannular Brooches'. Medieval Archaeology, 33 :7-20 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2006) Ireland : An Oxford Archaeological Guide Oxford University Press.
Halpin, A. (2006) Ireland : An Oxford Archaeological Guide Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2002) Geomagnetic survey on the hill of Tara, Co. Meath - 1988-9.
Fenwick, J. & Newman, C. (2002) Geomagnetic survey on the hill of Tara, Co. Meath - 1988-9. Dublin: The Discovery Programme / Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
(1997) Tara: An Archaeological Survey Discovery Programme Monographs 2 Royal Irish Academy and Discovery Programme Dublin.
Newman, C. (1997) Tara: An Archaeological Survey Discovery Programme Monographs 2 Royal Irish Academy and Discovery Programme Dublin. [Details]
(1995) Tara Government Publications Office.
Newman, C., Bhreathnach, E. (1995) Tara Government Publications Office. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2014) 'In the way of development: Tara, the M3 and the Celtic Tiger'
Conor Newman (2014) 'In the way of development: Tara, the M3 and the Celtic Tiger' In: Defining Events: Power, Resistance and Identity in Twenty-First Century. Irish Society Series (Ser. Ed. R. Kitchin). Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2011) 'The sacral landscape of Tara: a preliminary exploration'
Newman, C. (2011) 'The sacral landscape of Tara: a preliminary exploration' In: Landscapes of Cult and Kingship. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'The Sword in the Stone: previously unrecognised archaeological evidence of ceremonies of the later Iron Age and early medieval period'
Newman,C. (2009) 'The Sword in the Stone: previously unrecognised archaeological evidence of ceremonies of the later Iron Age and early medieval period' In: Relics of old decency: archaeological studies in later prehistory  Festschrift for Barry Raftery Wordwell, Dublin . [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2007) 'Misinformation, disinformation and downright distortion: the battle to save Tara 1999-2005'
Newman,C., Newman,C., tromayer,U. (2007) 'Misinformation, disinformation and downright distortion: the battle to save Tara 1999-2005' In: Uninhabited Ireland: Tara, the M3 and public spaces in Galway (1031MB)  Re-Thinking Irish Democracy 1 (seriers) Aarlen House, Galway. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2005) 'Re-composing the archaeological landscape of Tara'
Newman,C. (2005) 'Re-composing the archaeological landscape of Tara' In: The Kingship and Landscape of Tara. Four Courts Press, Dublin. [Details]
(2002) 'Geomagnetic Survey on the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, 1998-9'
Fenwick, J. & Newman, C. (2002) 'Geomagnetic Survey on the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, 1998-9' In: Discovery Programme Reports 6. Dublin: The Discovery Programme / Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
(1999) 'Notes on Four Cursus-like monuments in Co Meath, Ireland'
Newman,C. (1999) 'Notes on Four Cursus-like monuments in Co Meath, Ireland' In: Pathways and ceremonies: the Cursus Monuments of Neolithic Britain and Ireland, Oxford Archaeological Unit Oxford. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2013) Making Histories: proceedings of the sixth international insular art conference, held in York, 18-22 July 2011
C. Newman and S. Burke (2013) The symbolism of zoomorphic penannular brooches . In: J. Hawkes eds. Making Histories: proceedings of the sixth international insular art conference, held in York, 18-22 July 2011 xx, , pp.00-00 [Details]
(2009) The Irish Landscape 2009
Newman, C. (2009) Landscapes 'R' Us . In: Heritage Council eds. The Irish Landscape 2009 Kilkenny, , pp.8-14 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2002) 'A summary report on the results of the geophysical survey conducted on the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath - Summer 2002' in The Discovery Progamme 2002 Annual Report.
Fenwick, J. & Newman, C. (2002) 'A summary report on the results of the geophysical survey conducted on the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath - Summer 2002' in The Discovery Progamme 2002 Annual Report. The Discovery Programme, Dublin. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2013) Landscape and Imagination: towards a new baseline for education in a changing world. Conference, Paris 2-4 May 2013.
C. Newman, Y. Nussaume, B. Pedroli (Ed.). (2013) Landscape and Imagination: towards a new baseline for education in a changing world. Conference, Paris 2-4 May 2013. Florence: UNISCAPE. [Details]
(2011) Landscapes of Cult and Kingship.
Schot, R., Newman C., Bhreathnach, E (Ed.). (2011) Landscapes of Cult and Kingship. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2009) 'Composing Tara: the grand opera of Irish pre-history'
Newman, C. (2009) 'Composing Tara: the grand opera of Irish pre-history' Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies, 3 :6-18. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2014) Landscape as Heritage in Science,
conor newman (2014) CheriScape (Cultural Heritage in Landscape) International Conference 2:. [Invited Oral Presentation], Landscape as Heritage in Science, Cultural Heritage Agency, Amersfoort, Netherlands , 04-NOV-14 - 05-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) Leeds International Medieval Congress 2014,
conor newman (2014) Session: The Visibility of Rulership 1: landscapes (convenors: Institute for Medieval and early Modern Studies, Durham University). [Invited Lecture], Leeds International Medieval Congress 2014, Leeds , 10-JUL-14 - 10-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014) réunion Chancel Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains,
conor newman (2014) First meeting Scientific Committee, prep to 2016 conference. [Other], réunion Chancel Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, Metz, France , 18-NOV-14 - 18-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) To Crown a King Conference,
conor newman (2014) part of Brian Boru Commemoration. [Invited Lecture], To Crown a King Conference, Cashel , 24-APR-14 - 24-APR-14. [Details]
(2014) Mapping an altered landscape: cultural policy and management in Ireland,
conor newman (2014) one-day seminar. [Oral Presentation], Mapping an altered landscape: cultural policy and management in Ireland, ucd , 25-JUN-14 - 25-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013) Meeting the Gentes, Crossing Boundaries: Columbanus and the peoples of post-Roman Europe Conference,
conor newman (2013) international conference. [Invited Lecture], Meeting the Gentes, Crossing Boundaries: Columbanus and the peoples of post-Roman Europe Conference, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Vienna , 23-NOV-13 - 23-NOV-13. [Details]
(2012) Royal Archaeological Institute,
conor newman (2012) Jubilee Lecture Series. [Invited Lecture], Royal Archaeological Institute, London , 12-DEC-12 - 12-DEC-12. [Details]
(2012) Literacy, Memory and the Conversion of the Isles,
conor newman (2012) Leverhulme Converting the Isles Network. [Invited Paper], Literacy, Memory and the Conversion of the Isles, UCD , 03-NOV-12 - 03-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012) Ireland in a Roman World Conference,
conor newman (2012) Discovery programme LIARI Conference. [Invited Lecture], Ireland in a Roman World Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 20-OCT-12 - 20-OCT-12. [Details]
(2011) Frank Mitchell Memorial Lecture,
conor newman (2011) Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Frank Mitchell Memorial Lecture, Helen Roe Theatre, Dublin , 27-OCT-11 - 27-DEC-11. [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(1995) Raffin Fort, Co Meath: Neolithic and bronze Age Activity. Annus Archaeologiae: proceedings of the Organisation of Irish Archaeology, Winter Conference 1993.
Newman,C. (1995) Raffin Fort, Co Meath: Neolithic and bronze Age Activity. Annus Archaeologiae: proceedings of the Organisation of Irish Archaeology, Winter Conference 1993. Conference Paper [Details]
(1994) The Iron Age to Early Christian Transition: The Evidence from Dress Fasteners . From the Isles of the North: Early Medieval Art in Ireland and Britain: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Insular Art held in the Ulster Museum, Belfast, 7-11 HMSO, Belfast.
Newman,C. (1994) The Iron Age to Early Christian Transition: The Evidence from Dress Fasteners . From the Isles of the North: Early Medieval Art in Ireland and Britain: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Insular Art held in the Ulster Museum, Belfast, 7-11 HMSO, Belfast. Conference Paper [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2005) St Matthews Cloak, Durrow fol.. Above and beyond: essays in memory of Leo Swan, Wordwell, Bray.
Newman, C. (2005) St Matthews Cloak, Durrow fol.. Above and beyond: essays in memory of Leo Swan, Wordwell, Bray. Bray: Other Item [Details]
(2004) The M3 Motorway: driving a stake through the heart of Tara . History Ireland.
Newman, C. (with E. Bhreathnach and J. Fenwick) (2004) The M3 Motorway: driving a stake through the heart of Tara . History Ireland. Other Item [Details]
(2003) The Elephant and the Tunnel . Lost and Found: discovering Irelands past, Wordwell, Bray.
Newman, C. (2003) The Elephant and the Tunnel . Lost and Found: discovering Irelands past, Wordwell, Bray. Bray: Other Item [Details]
(2000) (1) Royal sites; (2) Carndonagh, Co Donegal; (3) Tara. The Encyclopaedia of Ireland.
Newman, C. (2000) (1) Royal sites; (2) Carndonagh, Co Donegal; (3) Tara. The Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Other Item [Details]
(1995) A Cursus at Loughcrew, Co Meath . Archaeology Ireland.
Newman, C. (1995) A Cursus at Loughcrew, Co Meath . Archaeology Ireland. Meath: Other Item [Details]
(1994) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath . Excavations 1993: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland 64-5.
Newman, C. (1994) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath . Excavations 1993: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland 64-5. Bennett, I: Other Item [Details]
(1993) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath. Excavations 1992: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland.
Newman, C. (1993) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath. Excavations 1992: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland. Meath: Other Item [Details]
(1993) Sleeping in Elysium . Archaeology Ireland.
Newman, C. (1993) Sleeping in Elysium . Archaeology Ireland. Other Item [Details]
(1993) The Shows Not Over Until the Fat Lady Sings . Archaeology Ireland.
Newman, C. (1993) The Shows Not Over Until the Fat Lady Sings . Archaeology Ireland. Other Item [Details]
(1992) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath . Excavations 1991: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland.
Newman, C. (1992) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath . Excavations 1991: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland. Bennett, I: Other Item [Details]
(1991) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath . Excavations 1990: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland.
Newman, C. (1991) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath . Excavations 1990: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland. Bennett, I: Other Item [Details]
(1990) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath . Excavations 1989: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland.
Newman, C. (1990) Raffin Fort, Raffin, Co Meath . Excavations 1989: summary accounts of archaeological excavations in Ireland. Bennett, I: Other Item [Details]

Non Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2002) Geomagnetic survey on the Hill of Tara, County Meath - 1998/99, Discovery Programme Reports 6. Discovery Programme/Royal Irish Academy.
Fenwick, J. (2002) Geomagnetic survey on the Hill of Tara, County Meath - 1998/99, Discovery Programme Reports 6. Discovery Programme/Royal Irish Academy. Dublin: Non Published Reports [Details]
(1995) The Tara Survey: interim report . Discovery Programme Reports 2 Discovery Programme/Royal Irish Academy.
Newman,C. (1995) The Tara Survey: interim report . Discovery Programme Reports 2 Discovery Programme/Royal Irish Academy. Dublin: Non Published Reports [Details]
(1993) The Tara Survey: interim report . Discovery Programme Reports 1 Discovery Programme/Royal Irish Academy.
Newman,C. (1993) The Tara Survey: interim report . Discovery Programme Reports 1 Discovery Programme/Royal Irish Academy. Dublin: Non Published Reports [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2011 British Academy John Coles Medal for Landscape Archaeology British Academy
1986 Travelling Studentship National University of Ireland
1984 Universiity College Dublin Masters Award University College Dublin

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Society of Antiquaries of London Fellow 01-SEP-09 / 24-SEP-13

Languages

  Language
French

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include late Iron Age Ireland, Royal sites and complexes, landscape archaeology and early medieval art and iconography

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Brendan Kelly Doctorate - Ph.D.(Arts) Supervisor
Karina Hensel Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Supervisor