Roseanne_Schot Post-Doctoral Fellow - Tara Research Project
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Current Projects

Roseanne was appointed Post-Doctoral Fellow and lead investigator on the Tara Research Project in December 2015. Her primary role is to analyse and prepare for publication the results of geophysical survey and remote sensing undertaken at Tara and in its environs over the past 15 years, in collaboration with research partners at NUI Galway and the Römisch-Germanische Kommission (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut), Frankfurt. She is also coordinating new archaeological investigations in the wider Tara landscape and the preparation of a research framework for the next stage of the Tara Project.


Roseanne studied archaeology and history at NUI Galway (BA Hons., 2001) where her PhD research as an IRCHSS scholar focused on the cultic and royal landscape of Uisneach, Co. Westmeath, the celebrated ‘navel’ of Ireland and meeting point of the ancient provinces. Since completing her PhD in 2008, she has maintained an active role in research and fieldwork at Uisneach and recently completed the first phase of a conservation plan for the hill, funded by the Heritage Council and the National Monuments Service, DAHG.

Prior to joining The Discovery Programme, Roseanne was a research associate and part-time lecturer in the School of Geography & Archaeology, NUI Galway (2009-2015). During this time, she contributed to research and teaching on royal ceremonial landscapes and early Irish kingship, and directed the geophysical survey component of departmental research at the ‘royal’ sites of Dún Ailinne, Tara and Rathcroghan, the monasteries founded by St Columbanus at Annegray (France) and Bobbio (Italy) and the early ecclesiastical foundation at Cleenish Island (Co. Fermanagh).

Research Interests

Her research interests include landscape studies, Iron Age and early medieval Ireland/Europe, Irish ‘royal’ complexes, religion and ritual, kingship and cosmology.


Schot, R. et al. (in prep.) Archaeological survey and remote sensing at Tara (untitled monograph).
Schot, R., Newman, C. and Bhreathnach, E. (eds) 2011. Landscapes of cult and kingship. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Schot, R. (forthcoming). Forging life amid the dead: crafting and kingship at Iron Age Tara. Discovery Programme Reports 9.
Schot, R., Fenwick, J., Beusing, R. and Rassmann, K. 2016. A renewed programme of discovery at Tara. Archaeology Ireland 30(1), 18–21.
Schot, R., Waddell, J. and Fenwick, J. 2016. Geophysical survey at Rathcroghan 2010–2012. Emania 23, 51–9.
Beusing, R., Rassmann, K., Fenwick, J. and Schot, R. 2016. Landschaftsarchäologische forschungen am königssitz von Tara. e-Forschungsberichte des Deutschen Archäologischen Institut 3, 69–73.
McGinley, S., Potito, A.P., Molloy, K., Schot, R., Stuijts, I. and Beilman, D.W. 2015. Lough Lugh, Uisneach: from natural lake to archaeological monument? The Journal of Irish Archaeology 24, 115–30.
Schot, R., Stuijts, I., McGinley, S. and Potito, A. 2014. Reflections on a lake: a multi-proxy study of environmental change and human impacts at Lough Lugh, Uisneach, Co. Westmeath. Late Iron Age and ‘Roman’ Ireland. Discovery Programme Reports 8, 113–26. Dublin: Wordwell.
Schot, R. 2011. From cult centre to royal centre: monuments, myths and other revelations at Uisneach. In R. Schot, C. Newman and E. Bhreathnach (eds), Landscapes of cult and kingship, 87–113. Dublin: Four Courts Press.
Bully, S., Marron, E., Schot, R., Dowling, G. and Fiocchi, L. 2011. Le site du monastère d’Annegray (Haute-Saône): les prospections géophysiques. Bulletin du centre d’études médiévales d’Auxerre 15, 2–7.
Fenwick, J., Dowling, G., Schot, R. and Rogers, J. 2011. Crewbane souterrain and nearby archaeological features, Brugh na Bóinne, Slane, Co. Meath. Ríocht na Midhe 23, 1–25.
Schot, R. 2006. Uisneach Midi a medón Érenn: a prehistoric ‘cult’ centre and ‘royal site’ in Co. Westmeath. The Journal of Irish Archaeology 15, 39–71.


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