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Geography & Archaeology
Dr. Stefan Bergh
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I am a graduate of The University of Stockholm from which I received my Ph.D. in 1995. I first came to Ireland in 1978 as a student working on the excavations of the passage tombs at Carrowmore, Co. Sligo. My postgraduate research was focused on the Neolithic landscape of Cúil Irra, Co. Sligo, involving field walking programmes and excavations. My PhD thesis, Landscape of the Monuments was published in 1995. Between 1990 and 1998 I was employed by the Bureau of Archaeological Excavations, National Heritage Board, Sweden, first as an archaeologist and later as Senior Archaeologist working with the development of methodologies within development led archaeology. .
In 1998 I received a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Education (STINT). This research, The Knocknarea Archaeological Project, brought me full time to Ireland and focused on Knocknarea Mountain, Co. Sligo.
In 2009 I received a Research Fellowship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The project for which the fellowship was awarded, Knocknarea – the archaeology of a mountain, focused on the role and meaning of mountains and upland space in the Neolithic.
My main interest is in Landscape Archaeology in all its disguises, with an emphasis on the interaction between people and their natural environment in prehistory. I am especially interested in the relation between ‘ritual’/‘domestic’ roles of conspicuous places.
Member of UNISCAPE
Representing NUIG at The Standing Committee of Archaeology, Royal Irish Academy
Member of the GIS Centre Committee at NUIG
Another central research project involves a study of the large cluster of enclosures and circular house sites at Mullaghfarna, within the Carrowkeel-Keashcorran passage tomb complex in Co. Sligo. The first detailed survey of this, the largest cluster of prehistoric house foundations in Ireland, has just been completed (2015) and is prepared for publication in 2016. This project has been funded by the Heritage Council and the Royal Irish Academy.
A third research projects, linked to the two previous ones is a study of the ritual and domestic remains on Turlough Hill, in the Burren Co. Clare with its large cluster of houses, enclosures and cairns. Trial excavations financed by the Royal Irish Academy in two of the houses on Turlough Hill in 2016 (conducted by Ros OMouldain), will for the first time hopefully give some indications of the date of the activity on this extraordinary summit. This project is funded by INSTAR and the Royal Irish Academy.
Linked to my interest in the interaction between people, place and landscapes, I have a longstanding interest in prehistoric ritual monuments and their physical as well as mental role in the construction of place.
A recent project, Unpicking the Chronology of Carrowmore - together with Dr. Robert Hensey, focused on the chronology of the passage tombs at Carrowmore, Co. Sligo and involved 25 new AMS dates from this group of monuments. This project was funded by the NUI Galway Millennium Fund and the Heritage Council.
|Project||Start Date||End Date|
|NEGOTIATING THE LANDSCAPE STEFAN BERGH||01-OCT-14||30-SEP-16|
|IRCHSS STEFAN BERGH KNOCKNAREA THE ARCHAEOLOGY||01-SEP-09||30-SEP-13|
|MF07-P16 AMS DATING OF BONE PINS-S.BERGH||01-DEC-07||19-JUN-09|
|DEPT OF ENVIRON KNOCKNAREA PROJ S BERGH||12-APR-04||31-DEC-13|
|HERITAGE COUNCIL MULLAGHFARNA S BERGH||12-APR-04||07-JUL-05|
|IRCHSS HEA 03 04 SRG S BERGH||12-APR-04||24-AUG-09|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(2015)|| 'Where Worlds Meet. Two Irish prehistoric mountain-top ‘villages’'
Stefan Bergh (2015) 'Where Worlds Meet. Two Irish prehistoric mountain-top ‘villages’'. Il Capitale Culturale: studies on the value of cultural heritage, 12 :21-44 [Details]
|(2013)|| 'Unpicking the Chronology of Carrowmore'
Bergh, S. & Hensey, R. (2013) 'Unpicking the Chronology of Carrowmore'. Oxford Journal Of Archaeology, 32 (4):343-366 [Details]
|(1988)|| 'De första arkitekterna'
Bergh,S. (1988) 'De första arkitekterna'. Irland: Den Gåtfulla Ön Statens Historiska Museum, :23-29 [Details]
|(1995)|| Landscape of the monuments A study of the passage tombs in the Cúil Irra region, Co Sligo, Ireland Stockholm: Riksantikvarieämbetet Arkeologiska Undersökningar.
Bergh,S. (1995) Landscape of the monuments A study of the passage tombs in the Cúil Irra region, Co Sligo, Ireland Stockholm: Riksantikvarieämbetet Arkeologiska Undersökningar. Stockholm: Riksantikvarieämbetet. [Details]
|(2010)|| 'Black is the Colour Chert, Concave Scrapers and Passage Tombs'
Bergh,S. (2010) 'Black is the Colour Chert, Concave Scrapers and Passage Tombs' In: Materialitas Working Stone, Carving Identity Prehistoric Society Research Papers 3 Oxford: The Prehistoric Society and Oxbow Books. [Details]
|(2003)|| 'Two stones make a line'
Bergh,S. (2003) 'Two stones make a line' In: Lost and Found Discovering Ireland's Past Bray: Wordwell. [Details]
|(2002)|| 'Monuments of meaning Role and symbolism of passage tombs in Cúil Irra, Co Sligo'
Stefan Bergh (2002) 'Monuments of meaning Role and symbolism of passage tombs in Cúil Irra, Co Sligo' In: A celebration of Sligo, first essays for Sligo Field Club. Sligo: TASK. [Details]
|(2002)|| 'Knocknarea- the ultimate monument Megaliths and mountains in Neolithic Cúil Irra, north west Ireland'
Bergh,S. (2002) 'Knocknarea- the ultimate monument Megaliths and mountains in Neolithic Cúil Irra, north west Ireland' In: Monuments and Landscape in Atlantic Europe London: Routledge. London: [Details]
|(1997)|| 'Design as Message. Role and Symbolism of Irish Passage tombs'
Stefan Bergh (1997) 'Design as Message. Role and Symbolism of Irish Passage tombs' In: O Neolitico Atlantico e as orices do megalitismo. Santiago de Compostela, Spain: University Press Santiago. [Details]
|(1997)|| 'Design as Message Role and Symbolism of Irish passage tombs'
Åkerlund, A., Nordblad, J., Taffinder, J., Gunborg, T. (1997) 'Design as Message Role and Symbolism of Irish passage tombs' In: O Neolítico Atlántico e as orixes do melalitismo Santiago de Compostella. [Details]
|(1988)|| 'De första arkitekterna'
Bergh, S. (1988) 'De första arkitekterna' In: Irland: Den gåtfulla ön. Stockholm: Statens Historiska Museum. [Details]
|(1984)|| 'The Hut Sites at Knocknarea South, Co Sligo'
Bengtsson, H. & Bergh, S. (1984) 'The Hut Sites at Knocknarea South, Co Sligo' In: The Archaeology of Carrowmore. Stockholm: Stockholms Universitet. [Details]
|(1990)|| Tibble. Arkeologisk förundersökning 1990. UV Stockholm Rapprt 1993:33.
Bergh,S. & Segerberg, A. (1990) Tibble. Arkeologisk förundersökning 1990. UV Stockholm Rapprt 1993:33. Riksantikvarieämbetet, Stockholm. [Details]
|(1996)|| Till Gunborg. Arkeologiska samtal.
Åkerlund, A., Bergh, S., Nordblad, J. & Taffinder, J (Ed.). (1996) Till Gunborg. Arkeologiska samtal. Stockholm: Stockholm Archaeological Reports 33. Stockholm University. [Details]
|(2002)|| 'Death in Sight – Knocknarea and the identity of Neolithic Cuil Irra, NW. In: Stones and Bones. Formal disposal of the dead in Atlantic Europe during the Mesolithic-Neolithic interface'
Bergh, S. (2002) 'Death in Sight – Knocknarea and the identity of Neolithic Cuil Irra, NW. In: Stones and Bones. Formal disposal of the dead in Atlantic Europe during the Mesolithic-Neolithic interface' British Archaeological Reports International Series, 1201 . [Details]
|(2000)|| 'Transforming Knocknarea'
Stefan Bergh (2000) 'Transforming Knocknarea' Archaeology Ireland, 14 (2) :14-18. [Details]
|(1982)|| 'Gravfältet vid Uddvide i Grötlingbo'
Bergh, S. (1982) 'Gravfältet vid Uddvide i Grötlingbo' Gotlänskt Arkiv, 1982 . [Details]
|(2013)|| The Neolithic dates from Carrowmore 1978-98. A source critical review.
Bergh, S. & Hensey, R. (2013) The Neolithic dates from Carrowmore 1978-98. A source critical review. NUI GALWAY: Report [Details]
Honours and Awards
|2009||Government of Ireland Research Fellow||IRCHSS Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences|
|2000||Government of Ireland Research Fellow||IRCHSS Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences|
|1998||Post Doctoral Research Fellow||Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Education|
|Association||Function||From / To|
|Swedish Archaeological Society||Member||/|
|Institute of Archaeologists in Ireland (IAI)||Member||/|
|Committee||Function||From / To|
|GIS Centre Committee, NUIG||Member||/|
|Standing Committee of Archaeology, Royal Irish Academy||Member||/|
|Title||Type||From / To|
|Research (e.g. Community based research)||Public Participation Network||/|
|Consultancy (Pro-bono)||Strandhill Development Association||/|
Current Postgraduate Students (Research)
|Yolande O Brien||Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences||Supervisor|
|Lynda Mc Cormack||Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences||Supervisor|