Dr. Bernard Gilhooly

Bernard completed his BA, MA, and PhD in University College Dublin (UCD). His PhD focused on the manufacture and range of uses of Irish Mesolithic and Neolithic shale and porcellanite axes and adzes. This utilised a series of methodologies including quantitative and qualitative analysis, and the manufacture and use of experimental replicas. Bernard is an assistant keeper of antiquities in the National Museum of Ireland. He is also a member of the North Roe Felsite Project which is studying stone axe manufacture and use on the Shetland Islands. He is a member of the Mesolithic in Mar Lodge project, looking into early Holocene hunter gatherer activity in the Scottish uplands. Bernard is also a researcher and contributor to the Irish Stone Axe Project (ISAP), a leading research programme focusing on recording Irish stone axes ‘in order to provide a better understanding of the people and societies who used them’.

Books by Bernard Gilhooly

Cultures of Stone

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Materiality of Stone

Edited by Gabriel Cooney, Bernard Gilhooly, Niamh Kelly & Sol Mallía-Guest | 2020

This volume establishes a rich cross-disciplinary dialogue about the significance of stone in society across time and space. The material properties of stone have ensured its continuing importance; however, it is its materiality which has…

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