Dr Meriel McClatchie

Dr Meriel McClatchie

PhD, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 2009
MA, Methods and Techniques of Archaeological Practice, University College Cork, 1997
BA (Hons), Archaeology and History, University College Cork, 1995


Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA)
Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI), Board member
Irish Archaeobotany Discussion Group (IADG)

E-mail: meriel.mcclatchie@gmail.com


  • Analysis of non-wood plant macro-remains (charred and waterlogged)
  • Guidance on sampling of environmental remains


My primary research interest is in archaeobotany, particularly non-wood plant macro-remains, such as cereal grains, cereal chaff, fruit stones, nut shell and weed seeds. My work involves investigation of plant use by both farming and non-farming societies, including the social implications of these activities. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at UCD School of Archaeology, funded by an NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities. I am carrying out a two-year research project on agriculture in early medieval Ireland (AD 500-1100) based upon archaeobotanical evidence. I played a key role in a number of externally funded research projects during recent years. Cultivating societies: assessing the evidence for agriculture in Neolithic Ireland examined the nature, timing and extent of the introduction and development of agriculture in Neolithic Ireland (Heritage Council INSTAR 2008-10 programmes). I then joined the Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) team, where I was responsible for collating and analysing archaeobotanical evidence from early medieval excavations in Ireland (Heritage Council INSTAR 2011 programme). My current post-doctoral project builds upon work carried out as part of the EMAP project, enabling me to explore in more detail the nature and scale of agricultural production in early medieval Ireland and beyond. In addition to carrying out research, I have worked on the analysis of plant macro-remains from Irish excavations for more than 15 years, completing hundreds of analyses for a variety of clients in the private and public sectors.


Recent publications

McClatchie, M., Bogaard, A., Colledge, S., Whitehouse, N., Schulting, R., Barratt, P. & McLaughlin, R. (2012) Neolithic farming in north-western Europe: archaeobotanical evidence from Ireland. Journal of Archeological Science.
McClatchie, M. (2012) Appendix 12.1: The plant remains from Iron Age deposits at Kerloge, Co. Wexford (02E0606), pp.167-70. In C. McLoughlin, Excavation of an Iron Age ring-ditch and associated features at Kerloge, Co. Wexford, pp. 161-73. In C. Corlett & M. Potterton (eds), Life and death in Iron Age Ireland in the light of resent archaeological excavations. Wordwell, Dublin.
McClatchie, M. (2011) Analysis of non-wood plant macro-remains, pp. 161–84. In R.M. Cleary & H. Kelleher, Archaeological excavations at Tullahedy, County Tipperary: Neolithic settlement in North Munster. Collins, Cork.
McClatchie, M. (2011) Cereal production in Co. Kilkenny: a long tradition. Seanda 6, 8–11.
Walsh, F., Lyons, S. & McClatchie, M. (2011) A post-built Early Neolithic house at Kilmainham, Co. Meath. Archaeology Ireland 25(3), 35–7.
McClatchie, M. (2010) Appendix 7: Analysis of non-wood plant macro-remains from Gransha, pp. 140–3. In R.M. Chapple The excavation of an enclosed Middle Bronze Age cemetery at Gransha, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Archaeopress, Oxford.
Whitehouse, N., McClatchie, M., Barratt P., Schulting, R., McLaughlin, R. & Bogaard, A. (2010) INSTAR – Cultivating societies. Archaeology Ireland 24(2), 16–9.
McClatchie, M., Whitehouse, N., Schulting, R., Bogaard, A. & Barratt P. (2009) Cultivating societies: new insights into agriculture in Neolithic Ireland, pp. 1–8. In E. Danaher, J. Eogan & M. Stanley (eds) Dining and dwelling. Archaeology and the National Roads Authority Monograph Series No. 6. National Roads Authority, Dublin.
McClatchie, M. (2008) Appendix A: The archaeobotanical material, pp. 58-62. In R.M. Cleary (ed), Excavation of an early medieval settlement and other sites at Dromthacker, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 108C, 19-64.
McClatchie, M. (2008) Appendix 5: Analysis of non-wood plant macro-remains, 48–51. In R.M. Chapple, The excavation of Early Neolithic and Early Bronze Age sites at Oakgrove, Gransha, County Londonderry. Ulster Journal of Archaeology 67, 22–59.
McClatchie, M. (2008) 2.6.5 Plant remains from site C, pp. 401–3; 2.7.7 Plant remains from site A, pp. ; 473–8; 3.4.2 Plant remains from Conva, pp. 607–14. In M. Doody The Ballyhoura Hills Project. Discovery Programme Monograph 7. Wordwell, Bray.
McClatchie, M. (2008) Appendix VI: Analysis on non-wood plant macro-remains, pp. 155–8. In J. Carroll, F. Ryan & K. Wiggins Archaeological excavations at Glebe South and Darcystown, Balrothery, Co. Dublin, Volume 2: Balrothery excavations. Judith Carroll & Co., Dublin.
McClatchie, M. (2007) The study of plant macro-remains: investigating past societies and landscapes, pp. 195-220. In E. Murphy & N. Whitehouse (eds) Environmental archaeology in Ireland. Oxbow, Oxford.
McClatchie, M. (2007) Appendix 3: The plant remains, 118–26. In R.M. Cleary, Excavation of medieval remains in Boherash townland, Glanworth, Co. Cork. Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society 112, 87–126.
McClatchie, M. (2007) 5.2: The plant remains, pp. 62-7. In M. Doody Excavations at Curraghatoor, Co. Tipperary. University College Cork, Cork.