IngeliseCompany Environmentalist
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Current Projects

I am working on legacy projects of the Discovery Programme especially Derragh Island in Lough Kinale (Co. Longford) on general administrative matters and some outstanding research matters.


I came to the Discovery Programme in 2002 to participate in the Lake Settlement Programme, led by Dr Christina Fredengren. Later, in 2005, I joined the Medieval Rural Settlement Project in Tulsk and Carns, for Dr Niall Brady. In 2011 I formed part of the research in Lough Lugh for the LIARI project, led by Dr Jaqueline Cahill Wilson.

In 2008, The Discovery Programme successfully applied for external funding through the ‘INSTAR’ programme from the Heritage Council. The ‘WODAN’ project obtained further funding in 2009 and 2010. The project established an online wood and charcoal database and created consensus rules and instructions for charcoal research. This was a joint effort by wood and charcoal specialists in Ireland, supported by European colleagues, especially those from BIAX-Consult in the Netherlands. Currently due to lack of financial support WODAN is inactive but is planned to be online again during 2017.

In 2010 The Discovery Programme commissioned a pilot scoping study on the utilization of archaeo-environmental resources. This was undertaken by Dr Eileen Reilly and Dr Bettina Stefanini (Environmental Pilot Project: A feasibility study examining environmental evidence from the period 1500 BC – 400 AD in Ireland).

I co-organised conferences for the Agricultural History Society of Ireland (with Professor Liam Downey and Professor Michael O’Connell), the Irish Environmental History Network (with Dr Frank Ludlow) and the Irish Historic Settlement Group (with Dr David Fleming) and the Discovery Programme. I also participated with sessions to EEA and WAC-conferences.

Research Interests

I am interested in biological aspects of archaeology, and how this informs the narrative of the past. My main interests are macroscopic plant remains including wood and charcoal, and anything of microscopic size though I love archaeology in general.

I also love gardens and gardening, especially scented plants and those that attract bees and butterflies. This often includes weeds.


 Conference Papers
• I. Stuijts, S. Timpany, A. Bunce, M. Dillon, P. Johnston, S. Lyons, C. Moore, E. O’Carroll, L. O’Donnell, E. Reilly, B. Stefanini (in press) Environmental landscapes of Kilkenny. In: Eds. D. Ledwidge, J. Eogan, P. Friel, Monuments, Maps and Memories: Discovering Kilkenny’s Landscape Heritage, Kilkenny County Council, 7 pages.
• Reilly, E, Lyons, S, O’Carroll, E, O’Donnell, L, Stuijts, I and Corless, A, 2015, ‘Building the towns: the interrelationship between woodland history and urban life in Viking Ireland Ireland’. In: Everyday Life in Medieval Europe, Environmental and Artefact Based Approaches to Dwelling in Town and Country. Proceedings of the European Association of Archaeology Conference held in Helsinki, Finland in August 2012. Brepols Publishers, Turnhout. Eds. B. Jervis, L. Broderick, I. Grau-Sologestoa.
• I. Stuijts, L. O’Donnell, S. Lyons 2011. Cloud-computing in anthracology – experiences with the WODAN online database in Ireland. Saguntum extra, Valencia. 6 pages.
• I. Stuijts, L. O’Donnell 2011. Working with WODAN – an online charcoal database. Saguntum extra-11, Valencia, 17-18 (on-line accessible).
• I. Stuijts 2008. Woodland resources around a late-Mesolithic site in Lough Kinale, Ireland. 4th International meeting of Anthracology 8-13 September Brussels, p. 238.
• I. Stuijts 2008.WODAN: database for archaeological wood and charcoal. 4th International meeting of Anthracology, 8-13 September Brussels, p. 137.
• C. Fredengren, M. McClatchie & I. Stuijts 2004. Connections and Distance: Investigating Social and Agricultural Issues Relating to Early Medieval Crannogs in Ireland. Environmental Archaeology 9: 161-166.
• I. Stuijts & M. Gowen 2003. Trackways and Fulachta fiadh in rural Ireland: Wood results from Derryville bog, County Tipperary, Ireland. Peatlands; Proceedings of the Peatland conference 2002 in Hannover, Germany. Eds. A. Bauerochse & H. Haßmann: 13-24.
• I. Stuijts 2001. Bronze Age landscape changes in the Midlands of Ireland. In: Patina, essays presented to J.J. Butler on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday. Groningen/Amsterdam. Eds. W.H. Metz, B.L. van Beek & H. Steegstra: 527-537.
• C J Caseldine, B Gearey, J Hatton, I Stuijts, E Reilly and W Casparie 2001 ‘From the wet to the dry: palaeoecological investigations at Derryville, Tipperary, Ireland’, Recent Developments in Wetland Research, Wetland Archaeology Research Project Occasional Paper 14: 99-114.

Short Communications
• I. Stuijts, L. O’Donnell, A. Corns, J. McAuley, R. Shaw, A. Bunce, K. O’Sullivan 2010. WODAN – a database for wood and charcoal identifications. Archaeology Ireland 24 No 4 40-42.
• R.T.J. Cappers, B. van Geel, H.A. Groenendijk, J.G. Streefkerk, I.L.M. Stuijts, C. Vermeeren, H. Woldring 2010. In memoriam Wil Casparie. Palaeohistoria 51/52, 1-7.
• I. Stuijts, R. Cappers 2010. In Memoriam Dr. Willem Arnold (Wil) Casparie (1930-2009). Palynos 33, nr. 1, 5-7.
• N. Bermingham, G. Plunkett, E. Reilly and I. Stuijts 2009. Revealing the ancient environment of Edercloon. Seanda 4, 12-15.
• I. Stuijts, Lorna O’Donnell and Susan Lyons 2008. WODAN: an archaeological wood and charcoal database. TEA30, winter 2008/2009, pp. 4-6.
• I. Stuijts 2006. Appendix I Rapportage van de kwaliteitsbepaling van het hout uit de proefputten van 1998. In: Kijkoperatie in het veen. Kwaliteitsbepalend onderzoek naar de neolithische veenweg van Nieuw Dordrecht (Gemeente Emmen). E.M. Theunissen, D.J. Huisman, A. Smit & F. Van der Heijden. RAM130: 51-56.
• Caitríona Moore & Ingelise Stuijts 2006. A Bronze Age Enigma: Some Unusual Artefacts from County Meath. Seanda 1: 44-45.
• I. Stuijts 2005 Appendix IV. Analysis of charcoal samples from Kilmahuddrick. In: I. Doyle Excavation of a prehistoric ring-barrow at Kilmahuddrick, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. J. Irish Archaeology XIV: 69-72.
• I. Stuijts: Charcoal and Wood Report 2004. In: E.O’Donovan et al. Excavations at Friar Street, Cashel: a story of urban settlement. Tipperary Historical Journal: 80-84.
• G. McCormac & I. Stuijts 2004. Radiocarbon Dating. In: E. O’Donovan et al. Excavations at Friar Street, Cashel: a story of urban settlement. Tipperary Historical Journal: 84-85.
• I. Stuijts 2004. Charcoal Remains. Appendix II in: E.O’Donovan. A Neolithic house at Kishoge, Co. Dublin. J. Irish Archaeology XII and XIII: 18-21.
• Ingelise Stuijts 2000. A prior’s herb garden ? Archaeology Ireland 53: 12-14.
• I. Stuijts, 1999. Hout. In: Archeologisch onderzoek op de nieuwbouwlocatie Bollemanssteeg te Leeuwarden, Gemeente Leeuwarden. ARC publicaties 28, 22-24.
• I. Stuijts, 1999. Bijlage II Het houtskoolonderzoek op de Noordbargeres, Gemeente Emmen. In: Archeologisch onderzoek op de Noorbargeres te Emmen, gemeente Emmen. M.J.M. de Wit. ARC publicaties 26, 39-45.
• I.L.-M. Stuijts & G.J. de Roller 1999. Een palaeo-botanisch onderzoek bij Hempens-Teerns, Gem. Leeuwarden. ARC publicaties 25, 25-36.
• I.L.M. Stuijts, W.A. Casparie 1995. Ilipinar wood remains. The Ilipinar Excavatons I, five seasons of fieldwork in NW Anatolia, 10. Ed. J. Roodenberg. Nederlands Historisch-Archaeologisch Instituut, Istanbul, 2 pp.
• I. Stuijts 1985. De Romeinse castella te Valkenburg ZH bijlage 1. Houtdeterminatie. In: Archaeologie en Oecologie van Holland tussen Rijn en Vlie - red. J.H.F. Bloemers: 88-93.

Full-length Papers

• McGinley, S., A.P. Potito, K. Molloy, R. Schot, I. Stuijts, D.W. Beilman 2015. Lough Lugh, Uisneach: From natural lake to archaeological monument? Journal of Irish Archaeology Vol. XXIV, pp 115-130.
• R. Schot, I. Stuijts, S. McGinley, A. Potito 2014. Reflections on a lake: a multi-proxy study of environmental change and human impacts at Lough Lugh, Uisneach, Co. Westmeath. In: Late Irons Age and ‘Roman’ Ireland. Discovery Programme Reports 8, chapter 5. Wordwell. pp 113-126
• L. Downey & I. Stuijts 2014. Historical pilchard fishery and historical fish harvesting and processing methods, fish products and consumption. Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Series 2, vol. 14, 27-61.
• L. Downey & I. Stuijts 2013. Overview of historical Irish food products – A.T. Lucas (1960/62) revisited. The Journal of Irish Archaeology 22, 111-126.
• P.G. Langdon, A.G. Brown, C.J. Caseldine, S. Blockley, I. Stuijts 2012. Regional climate change from peat stratigraphy for the mid- to late Holocene in Central Ireland. Quaternary International, 268, 145-155.
• I. Stuijts 2007. Wood and charcoal research in Ireland. Chapter 10. In: Environmental archaeology in Ireland. Eds. E.M. Murphy and N.J. Whitehouse: 179-193.
• I. Stuijts 2006. Charcoal sampling sites and Procedures: Practical Themes from Ireland. In: Charcoal Analysis: New analytical tools and methods for archaeology. Ed. A. Dufraisse. BAR International Series 1483: 25-33.
• K.A. Selby, C.E. O’Brien, A.G. Brown, I. Stuijts 2005. A multi-proxy study of Holocene lake development, lake settlement and vegetation history in Central Ireland. Journal of Quaternary Science 20: 147-68.
• A.G. Brown, J. Hatton, C.E. O’Brien, K.A. Selby, P.G. Langdon, I. Stuijts, C.J. Caseldine 2005. Vegetation, landscape and human activity in Midland Ireland: mire and lake records from the Lough Kinale-Derragh Lough area, Central Ireland. Veget. Hist. Archaeobot 14: 81-98.
• C. O’Brien, K.Selby, Z. Ruiz, A. Brown, M. Dinnin, C. Caseldine, P. Langdon, I. Stuijts 2005. A sediment-based multiproxy palaeoecological approach to the enviornmental archaeology of lake dwellings (crannogs), central Ireland. The Holocene 15, 5: 707-719.
• I. Stuijts 2005 Wood and charcoal identification. Chapter 7. In: The Lisheen Mine Archaeological Project 1996-8. Eds. M. Gowen, J. Ó’Neill, M. Phillips. Wordwell: 137-185.
• W.A. Casparie, B. Van Geel, A.E.M. Hanraets, E. Jansma, I. L.M. Stuijts 2004. De veenweg van Nieuw-Dordrecht – onvoltooid en niet gebruikt. In: Nieuwe Drentse Volksalmanak 114-141.
• R.F. Docter, E. Smits, T. Hakbijl, I.L.M. Stuijts & J. Van der Plicht 2001/2002 (2003). Interdisciplinary research on urns from the Carthaginian Tophet and their contents. Palaeohistoria 43/44: 417-433.
• I. Stuijts 2002. Wood and charcoal identifications. Appendix 2. The Excavation, in: C. Fredengren, Crannogs. Cd.rom Appendix 2. The Excavation. Wordwell: 114-136.
• G.J. de Roller, G. Korf, I.L.M. Stuijts & B. Mook-Kamps 2002. Archeobotanie, in: Archeologie in de Betuweroute: Lage Blok. Een nederzettingsterrein uit de Midden-Ijzertijd bij Meteren (gemeente Geldermalsen). Eds. J. Milojkovic & E. Smits. Rapportage Archeologische Monumentenzorg 90: 179-220.
• H. Buitenhuis, M.J.L.Th. Niekus, G.J. de Roller, I.L.M. Stuijts, C. Tulp, A. Ufkes & J.B. de Voogd 2002. De Romeinse tijd, in: Drie erven uit de Midden-Bronstijd bij Lienden. Eds. J. Schoneveld & P. Kranendonk. Rapportage Archeologische Monumentenzorg 89: 231-249.
• I. Stuijts, 2001. Archeobotanie. In: Archeologie in de Betuweroute. Boog C-Noord, een vindplaats bij Meteren op de overgang van neolithicum naar Bronstijd. Rapportage Archeologische Monumentenzorg 84. Eds. J. Schoneveld & E.F. Gehasse: 169-180.
• L. Johansen, J.N. Lanting, R.C.G.M. Lauwerier, M.J.L.Th. Niekus, D. Stapert & I.-L.M. Stuijts 2000. De Federmesser-vindplaats bij Doetinchem (Gld.): natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek. Paleo-aktueel 11: 9-14.
• I.-L.M. Stuijts & J.B de Voogd 2000. Romeinen te Lienden (Gld). Paleo-aktueel 11: 79-82.
• I. Stuijts, L.K. Kooistra and K. Hänninen 1999. Archeobotanie. In: Archeologie in de Betuweroute. Papendrechtse Stroomrug. Rapportage Archeologische Monumentenzorg 80. Eds. Y. Dijkstra, O. Brinkkemper and C.W. Koot: 93-116.
• W.A. Casparie, M.C. van Heuveln, G.L.G.A. Kortekaas, I.L.M. Stuijts 1995. Vijftig houtsoorten in Groningen. In: Handzaam hout uit Groninger grond, houtgebruik in de historische stad, 38-43.
• W.A. Casparie, M.C. van Heuveln, I.L.M. Stuijts 1994. Het houtgebruik. In: Oudheden onder De Hunze: 161-188.
• I. Stuijts 1991. Kinderoffers in de Tophet (Carthago); houtskoolonderzoek. Paleo-aktueel 2: 58-62.
• I. Stuijts, J.C. Newsome, J.R. Flenley 1988. Evidence for Late Quaternary vegetational change in the Sumatran and Javan highlands. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 55: 207-216.
• I. Stuijts 1984. Palynological study of Situ Bayongbong, West Java. Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia 8: 17-27.
• W. van Zeist, A.A. Polhaupessy, I.M. Stuijts 1979. Two pollen diagrams from West Java, a preliminary report. Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia 5: 43-56.

• I. Stuijts & L. Downey 2016. Historical Farm and Fish Food Products prominently consumed by the general Irish population, from earlier times. Teagasc, Oak Park Carlow. 48 pp.
• C. Fredengren, A. Kilfeather and I. Stuijts 2010. Lough Kinale: studies of an Irish lake. Lake Settlement Project. Discovery Programme Monograph No. 8. Wordwell, Dublin. ISBN 978-1-905569-29-8. 284 pp
• I.M. Stuijts 1993. Late Pleistocene and Holocene vegetation of West Java, Indonesia. Monograph. Thesis. ISBN 90 5410 147 4, 183 pp.
• I.M. Stuijts 1993. Late Pleistocene and Holocene vegetation of West Java, Indonesia. Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia 12, A.A. Balkema Rotterdam, .ISBN 90 5410 148 2, ISSN 0168-6151, 173 pp.

• Translation Dutch-Danish 1996, book ‘Through Nature to Eternity, the Bog People of northwest Europe‘from Dutch to Danish (Udødeliggjorte I mosen) for Wijnand van der Sanden, Drents Museum, Assen, Netherlands, 200 pp.
• Editing (with X. Bardet), 2000 Book and catalogue for exhibition ‘Kings of the North Sea AD 250-850’


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