Ms Philippa Barry

thumb_inI started my academic career in Law and German, later returning to university to take a Higher Diploma in Archaeology, so that I could study Osteoarchaeology (Human Remains) via a taught Masters at University College Cork.  I qualified at the start of the recession, but was lucky to find commercial archaeology work for the next two years, as planned. I then wanted to move back into research, and a JobBridge Internship was offered with the Discovery Programme.  Having visited a conference in the Society house a year previously and having decided I wanted to work there, I was delighted to be offered the contract.  I worked for the Discovery Programme for nearly three years as part of both the Late Iron Age and ‘Roman’ Ireland project and the Archaeolandscapes EU project.  I handled much of the social media engagement for the company and became really interested in the outreach aspect, which led to successful collaborations with the Antiquaries, including a video on the Darkest Dublin slides and the families-orientated Heritage Week event in 2014.  I am looking forward to contributing further to the society in that regard.

My research interests include:reburial and repatriation issues, mortuary theory, deviant burial, infant and child mortality and burial, ethnographic data on death and burial.  Less ‘morbid’ topics include the history and archaeology of Bantry and the Sheep’s Head from which I hail and that of Viking Greenland, where I hope to visit.