MA BevivinoPostgraduate Programme
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Michael Ann Bevivino is pursuing a PhD entitled Breaking the mould: Ireland’s replicas of cultural objects from the historic to the digital. A recipient of the Irish Research Council Employment-based Postgraduate Programme award, Michael Ann’s research is a collaboration between the Discovery Programme’s Digital Replicas Project, IAFS Ltd and the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy. She has worked with the Discovery Programme on various projects since 2005, when she excavated in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon as part of the Medieval Rural Settlement Project. From 2012 to 2014, she was the Research Assistant on the Late Iron Age and ‘Roman’ Ireland (LIARI) Project. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Virginia in 2007. In 2010, she received her Masters in Classics from University College Dublin.

Research Interests

  • Replicas of cultural objects, especially plaster casts of classical sculpture and Irish objects
  • History of collections and museums
  • Public engagement and outreach in heritage, archaeology and museums
  • Artefact conservation, documentation and archiving
  • Community archaeology
  • Exhibition design and management
  • Classical Reception, especially plaster casts and other reproductions of classical sculpture
  • Greek and Roman sculpture
  • Early Medieval Ireland
  • Medieval Ireland
  • Roman archaeology


Bevivino, M.A. Forthcoming: ‘The Brave Celt Versus the Roman Empire? The Plaster Casts of the National Museum of Ireland and the National College of Art and Design’, in Annetta Alexandridis and Lorenz Winckler-Horacek (eds), Destroy the Copy (chapter in edited volume)
Bevivino, M.A. 2018: ‘Lost and (re)found: investigating Roman artefacts in Ireland’, in Marko A. Jankovic and Vladimir D. Mihajlovic (eds), Reflections of Roman Imperialisms (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing), pp 30–50 (chapter in edited volume)
Bevivino, M.A. 2018: ‘The Laocoön’s painted toe nails: some thoughts on copies of Classical sculpture in Ireland’, in Joseph Fenwick (ed.), Lost and Found III: rediscovering Ireland’s past (Bray: Wordwell Books), pp 29–40 (chapter in edited volume)
Bevivino, M.A. and Robert Shaw, 2016: ‘Embracing Historic Replicas Through a Digital Medium: the Irish Context’, in Christina Haak and Miguel Helfrich (eds), Casting: a Way to Embrace the Digital Age in Analogue Fashion? A Symposium on the Gipsformerei of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (Heidelberg:, pp 199–211 (chapter in edited volume)
Bevivino, M.A. 2015: ‘Two recently restored high cross replicas in the collection of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland’, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 142/143 (short journal article)
Bevivino, M.A. 2014: Contribution to Discovery Programme Report 8, Late Iron Age and ‘Roman’ Ireland (Wordwell Books) (chapter in edited volume)
Bevivino, M.A. 2013: ‘Even better than the real thing? Collecting copies of ancient sculpture in Ireland’, Museum Ireland 2015 (journal article)
Bevivino, M.A. 2010: ‘The story of a fragment: the mummy wrapping of Khnum-Nakht’, Trowel: UCD Student Archaeology Journal, Vol. 12 (journal article)
Bevivino, M.A. 2009: et al., ‘Mapping Death: burials, boundaries and territories in Ireland, first to eighth centuries AD’ in The European Archaeologist, Vol. 31 (web journal article)
Bevivino, M.A. 2008: Book Review, Art and devotion in late medieval Ireland in Eolas: the Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies, Vol. 2 (book review)

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