2018 - NUI Galway Irish Ancestry Summer School 1st July – 6th July


Carleton Jones is a lecturer-above-the-bar in Archaeology at NUIG. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1997, and his MA (1992) and BA (1986) from California State University Long Beach. Dr. Jones’s research is concerned with investigating the organization and dynamics of prehistoric societies in Ireland with a focus on the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Early Bronze Age periods. To that end, he directed a long-term field project surveying and excavating on the Burren in western Ireland which was supported in part by the Heritage Council and the Royal Irish Academy. 

Dr. Jones’s research takes an anthropological approach to the data and is particularly concerned with the inter-relatedness of aspects such as the scale of residential groups and patterns of settlement, the economic activities of communities, contact and exchange networks and mechanisms, the scale and focus of ritual activities including monument construction and use, the nature of status distinctions, and the linking of landscapes and identities. He has also begun to look at the palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic contexts of the prehistoric societies that he is studying.

Prior to joining the staff at NUIG, Dr. Jones founded and ran Burren Archaeology Research (1997-2000), served as consultant archaeologist for the set-up of the County Clare Museum (1999-2000), and was Field Director (1989-93) and originally a crew member (1986-89) at Archaeology Resource Management Corporation (California).