Project Members and Consultants

Project Members

Kuijt.CloseUpIan Kuijt, Ph.D. Harvard

Director, Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast Project

Ian Kuijt is an Archaeologist and Full Professor in the Anthropology Department, the University of Notre Dame.  Born in Canada, he has organized and overseen long-term archaeological research projects focused on the prehistoric development of pithouse villages in western Canada, the origins of Neolithic agriculture in Jordan, Syria and Israel, and most recently, village organization and daily life within eighteenth through twentieth century coastal villages in western Ireland.  Since 2007 he has directed the University of Notre Dame Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast project that draws upon archaeological research, oral history, video ethnography, and archival research to document historical island life on Inishark and Inishbofin.  More on his background and publications can be found at:

He can be contacted by phone (577-631-3263) or e-mail (

Franc Bio PicFranc Myles MUBC MIAI

Consultant, Archaeological Excavations

Franc Myles has been a professional archaeologist for over 25 years. His Dublin practice Archaeology and Built Heritage specialises in Historical Archaeology and architectural conservation, which Franc teaches in Trinity College Dublin. He has published, spoken and broadcast widely on subjects from Early Christian west coast settlement to the Archaeology of Disco. He is news editor of Archaeology Ireland and sits on the Board of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland as well as the committee of the Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group.

He has directed numerous major projects throughout the country, recently locating and recording all the Georgian cellars impacted on by a new tram project through Dublin. Another recent project has involved the identification and recording of holes broken through buildings on Moore Street by Volunteers retreating from the GPO in 1916.

His involvement with the CLIC project started with an analysis of the pottery assemblage from Inishark in 2012, which resulted in a paper read to the SHA in Leicester.

His approach to landscapes can best be appreciated here:

and here:

He occasionally blogs here:

He can be contacted by phone (00353-86-8537281) and by email at


William Donaruma, 
B.A., University of Notre Dame

Director, documentary filmmaking

William Donaruma is Professional Specialist and Teaching Professor in Filmmaking in Film, Television and Theater, and director of the Center of Creative Computing, University of Notre Dame.  Since 2012 he has been filming and developing several video documentaries that focus on island life, community archaeology, and the history and archaeology of Inishbofin and Inishark. He has years of production experience, having worked for Universal Studios as well as a variety of production companies and television networks.  Additional information can be found at:

tartarughe 011Meredith S. Chesson, Ph.D. Harvard

Senior excavation staff, ethnoarchaeology

An anthropological archaeologist, Chesson is actively involved in field research and publication on life in Early Bronze Age walled towns in the southern Levant (Israel, Palestine, and Jordan), household development in prehistoric southern Italy as part of the Bova Marina Archaeological Project, and Medieval and post eighteenth century village life in Ireland.  Her material and thematic interests center on ceramic production and the use of ceramics as related to household production, identity and daily life.  Additional information on her background and publications can be found at:


Linda Martellaro, MBA, Bethel College

Project Field Coordinator

As a member of the project since 2010, Linda oversees the running of the project field operations. Working closely with the project director, she is in charge of all food and water purchases, delegates out the daily work projects needed to keep the camp going, organizes meals and camp facilities, and acts as our project chef.

ConwayExcMeagan Conway, Ph.D. Student, University of South Carolina

Excavation supervisor, historical archaeology

Meagan Conway is a graduate student at the University of South Carolina.  She has worked on several archaeological sites on the East Coast of the United States as well as in Western Europe.  A member of the project since 2008, she has supervised field survey and historic-era excavations on both Inishark and Inishbofin.  She has also conducted archival and oral history research on the islands, their people, and island immigrants to North America.  Her current focus is on households, community change, and materiality of daily life of the 18th and 19th century occupants of the western islands.  Her CV is available at:

LashExcavatingRyan Lash, Ph.D. Student, Northwestern University

Excavation supervisor, medieval archaeology

A CLIC project member since 2007, Ryan (ND ‘10) is an Anthropology PhD student at Northwestern University. As a Gates Cambridge Scholarship fellow in 2010-11, he completed in MPhil degree in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic with a dissertation on the role of barrow mounds and the pagan dead in constructions of the pagan heritage and conversion in Anglo-Saxon England. His current dissertation project at Northwestern traces the different ecological, social, and ideological entanglements constituted by medieval pilgrimage settlements along the coast of Connemara.

KatieShakourKatie Shakour, Ph.D. Student, University of South Florida

Excavation supervisor, historical archaeology, community archaeology coordinator

Katie (ND 2009) is a PhD student in anthropology at the University of South Florida. She began studying archaeology as heritage while receiving her MA at University College Dublin (2010). Since 2010 Katie has worked on CLIC with her main focus on the historical excavations and community outreach. She organizes the annual community event on Inishbofin, and she coordinated the school children and community excavations in 2012.

Alonzi CLIC 2014 Photo

Elise Alonzi, Ph.D. Student, Arizona State University

Excavation staff, medieval archaeology

Elise Alonzi received her BS degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a PhD student in Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. She has worked on excavation and architectural documentation of several Irish archaeological projects, including the Bective Abbey Project, the Irish Archaeology Field School at Blackfriary, and CLIC. Her research interests include analyzing bone isotopic chemistry and religious architecture, especially medieval abbeys, to understand how and why medieval Irish people traveled long distances to gather at monasteries. She has been a member of CLIC since 2011.



Nicholas Ames, Ph.D. Student, University of Notre Dame

Excavation staff

Nicholas Ames is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. He has worked on several archaeological sites in California and Jordan, as well as in Oman, Sudan and Ireland. A new member to the project, his focus is on material identity, excavation methodology, and the interplay between practice and theory.

LaurenC.(closeup)(LR)Lauren Couey, M.A. Student, University of Denver

Excavation staff, remote sensing, historical archaeology

Lauren Couey is currently working towards a Masters in Anthropology at the University of Denver. A Notre Dame alum (2013), Lauren has been a member of CLIC since 2012. Her current work focuses on the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in archaeological survey, specifically on the 19th/20th century village of Inishark. Lauren hopes to use GPR as a noninvasive archaeological method to study topics ranging from architectural practice, land use, and daily life on Inishark.


Tommy Burke

Tommy Burke is a local historian and archivist.  A native of Inishbofin whose island ancestry stretches back several hundred years, he is currently studying archaeology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. A member of the Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast project since 2012, Tommy also works as a historical and archaeological guide on the islands.


10626587_10202401651193943_2676520067647223550_nSara Morrow

Excavation staff, post-medieval archaeology

Sara Morrow received her BA degree from the University of Virginia and is currently a PhD student in the department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Sara has worked on historical archaeology projects in Virginia, at Dunluce Castle, NI, and on the CLIC project beginning in 2014. Using an anthropological approach, her current research focuses on funerary wakes on the islands in the 19th and early 20th century, including the practice of islanders who immigrated to North America.


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