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About Dr. Charles Mount

Charles Mount is a project archaeologist and Environmental Impact Assessment EIA consultant with more than 20 years experience. He is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland and licensed by the National Monuments Service. He is a graduate of University College Dublin with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology, and a professional diploma in EIA and SEA management. He also holds an M.B.A. in Management from the Open University where he wrote a Masters thesis on public service reform. He has worked in a variety of heritage and management roles.

Dr. Mount has competences and capabilities in the areas of archaeology, cultural heritage and Environmental Impact Assessment EIA. He has extensive experience of the planning process and the preparation of Cultural Heritage Sections of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). He is capable of assessing impacts on archaeology at all stages of land use planning and development from site selection, through environmental impact assessment and planning condition compliance. He has managed teams of archaeologists and other specialists on excavation, survey and research projects. He has commissioned remote sensing surveys, directed excavations, carried out archaeological monitoring, prepared detailed archaeological reports and has brought excavations reports to publication.



Since 2009 Dr. Mount has been Project Archaeologist with Bord na Mona. Bord na Mona harvests peat from 80,000 ha of land at locations throughout Ireland for energy production and horticulture. His role is to assist with the preparation of tenders and contracts for fixed price archaeological work on Bord na Mona lands, oversee the annual excavation programme and advise Bord na Mona on archaeology. This is the largest archaeological project currently ongoing in Ireland.

Since 2003 he has held the position of Project Archaeologist with the Irish Concrete Federation with the responsibility of implementing the Archaeological Code of Practice agreed with the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. This involves checking proposed development sites for archaeology, preparing archaeological impact assessments, environmental impact assessments, archaeological monitoring, preparation of archaeological excavation briefs for fixed price contracts, competitive tendering and the management of archaeological licenses, excavations, geophysical surveys and reporting, etc. The position also involves a regular liaison with the Department of the Environment and meetings with An Bord Pleanala and Local Authorities.

From 1997-2003 Dr. Mount was the Archaeological officer of the Heritage Council where he was responsible for long term strategy development as well as the preparation of annual budgeted plans, and administration and project management. He managed a portfolio of commissioned and grant-aided projects carried out both internally and externally.

From 1991-97 Dr. Mount worked as archaeologist with the Archaeological Survey of Ireland where he participated in the Archaeological Survey of County Sligo.

From 1989-1991 Dr. Mount worked as research assistant to the Professor of Celtic Archaeology in Universality College Dublin.

From 1987-9 Dr. Mount carried out postgraduate work in University College Dublin on the Early Bronze Age.


Publications


Dr. Mount has more than 25 publications on archaeology, history and heritage management in Irish and international journals.

An Early Medieval Strap-tag from Balally, Co. Dublin Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. 122, 1990
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Report of excavation carried out in 1990 at Balally, Co. Dublin of a large oval banked enclosure with the foundations of a church at its centre.

Early Bronze Age Burials- The Social Implications Archaeology Ireland 5, 21, 991
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Illustrated article on the analysis of the Early Bronze Age burials of Ireland.

Early Bronze Age cemetery at Edmondstown county Dublin Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 93C, 1993
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Excavation report and analysis of the Early Bronze Age cemetery at Edmondstown, Co.Dublin.

Aspects of Ritual Deposition in the Late Neolithic and Beaker Period at Newgrange, Co. Meath Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 60, 1994
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
The passage tomb at Newgrange, Co. Meath was a focus of ceremonial activity in the Late Neolthic and Beaker periods that involved the construction and use of ceremonial circles of wood and stone. This paper argues that the animal remains should not be viewed as a domestic assemblage but should be seen as part of the ceremonial use of the complex.

From Knoxspark to Tir na nog Archaeology Ireland 29, 1994
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Article discussing the 1994 excavation at the promontory fort and early medieval cemetery at Knosxpark, Co. Sligo.

The environmental siting of Early Bronze Age burials in county Kildare Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society XVIII (Part II),1995
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount

Excavations at Rathdooney Beg, Co. Sligo, 1994 Emania 13, 1995
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Article discussing the first season of excavation of the Iron Age conjoined barrows at Rathdooney Beg, Co. Sligo.

A new look at the burials of the Bronze Age Archaeology Ireland 31, 1995
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Illustrated article describing the burial practices of the Irish Bronze Age.

Excavations at Killanully, Co. Cork Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 95C, 1995
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Excavation report and analysis of the early Medeival Ringfort and souterrain at Killanully, Ballygarvan, Co. Cork.

Recent research on Bronze Age cemeteries Ireland in the Bronze Age. The Stationery Office, Dublin 1995
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Publication version of the paper on Irish Bronze Age cemeteries presented at the Ireland in the Bronze Age conference held in Dublin Castle, April 1995.

The environmental siting of Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in the Bricklieve uplands. Journal of Irish Archaeology VII, 1996
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Analysis of the environmental siting of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in Co. Sligo, Ireland, based on fieldwork carried out by the author.

Adolf Mahrs excavations of an Early Bronze Age cemetery at Keenoge, Co. Meath Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 97C, 1997
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Excavation report and analysis of the Early Bronze Age cemetery at Keenoge, Co. Meath.

Early Bronze Age burial in South-east Ireland in the light of recent research Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 97C,1997
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
A detailed analysis of the Early Bronze Age burials of south-east Ireland.

Five Early Bronze Age cemeteries at Brownstown, Graney West, Oldtown and Ploopluck, Co. Kildare and Strawhall, Co. Carlow Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 98C, 1998
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Excavation reports and analysis of five Irish Early Bronze Age cemeteries.

Ritual, landscape and continuity in prehistoric county Sligo Archaeology Ireland 12, 3, 1998
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Illustrated article on the excavation of the Neolithic mound and Iron Age conjoined barrrows at Rathdooney Beg, Co. Sligo.

The Heritage Council Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 13, No. 1, 1999
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Illustrated article on the work of the Irish Heritage Council written when the author was the Archaeology Officer.

Excavation and environmental analysis of a Neolithic ditched mound and Iron Age barrow cemetery at Rathdooney Beg, County Sligo, Ireland Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 65, 1999
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Report and analysis of the excavation of the Neolithic mound and Iron Age conjoined barrrows at Rathdooney Beg, Co. Sligo

Exchange and communication: the relationship between Early and Middle Bronze Age Ireland and Atlantic Europe The Prehistory and Early History of Atlantic Europe. Oxford, BAR International Series, No. 861, 2000
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
This paper, first presented at the European Association of Archaeologists Goteborg meeting in 1998, argues that Bronze Age Ireland formed part of a regional exchange network in Atlantic Europe through which symbolic artefacts were exchanged and consumed in broadly similar ways.

The collection of Early and Middle Bronze Age material culture in south-east Ireland Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 101C, 2001
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Analysis of the factors that influenced the discovery of Bronze Ahe metalwork in Ireland. With a ctalogue of previously unpublished metalwork.

Analysis of the weights of socketed axes The Bronze Socketed Axehead in Ireland. Prahistorische Bronzefunde, Frankfurt,2002
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
The surviving Irish Bronze Age socketed axes ranged from just 13 gm to 736 gm in weight and have a total weight of about 377 kg of metal. The development of the socketed axe allowed the metalsmith to produce a cutting edge on a long well balanced body while using considerably less metal than earlier axe types.

The promontory fort, inhumation cemetery and sub-rectangular enclosure at Knoxspark, Co. Sligo A Celebration of Sligo. The Sligo Field Club 2002
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Preliminary report on the excavations.

Flat disc rotary quern fragment from Church Hill, Co. Offaly Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. 132, 2004
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Note on a rotary quern found during the assessment of a Medeival church in 2004.

Explicit data and tacit knowledge, exploring the dimensions of archaeological knowledge From Megaliths to Metals, Oxbow Books 2004
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
This paper examines the nature of archaeological knowledge. It highlights the importance of tacit knowledge, explores the process of developing data into knowledge nd explores the cost and value of archaeological knowledge.

Notes on the history of the manor of Nobber, Co. Meath RÍocht Na Midhe 19, 2008
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
The manor of nobber and its timber castle held a strategic position on the Meath-Ulster frontier on the road from Navan to Clones and guarded the crossing of the river Dee. This paper details the history of the manor from 1172 to 1931.

Excavation of an early medieval promontory fort and enclosed cemetery at Knoxspark, Co. Sligo Death and Burial in Early Medieval Ireland. Wordwell 2010
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Excavation report of the excavation of the early medieval promontory fort and enclosed cemetery at Knoxspark, Co. Sligo.

The Irish Heritage Council Antiquity 76, 2002
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Article on the Irish Heritage Council published when the author was Archaeology Officer.

Bronze Age burial The Encyclopaedia of Ireland 2003
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Article on Bronze Age burial in Ireland publuished in the Encyclopaedia of Ireland.

The Early and Middle Bronze Age in South-east Ireland: aspects of social and cultural distributions University College Dublin February 1997
Authors: Dr. Charles Mount
Doctoral thesis that examined the monuments and material culture of the period 2500-1200 BC. In 2 Vols with text and corpus of monuments and artefacts. Available in University College Dublin.

   
Projects
The environmental impact assessment of Cam Quarry, Co. Roscommon
The development of a new quarry at Cam, Co. Roscommon near Athlone lead to the archaeological assessment of an extensive area of pre-modern field systems.
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Brownstown Quarry Project
Since 2003 Dr. Charles Mount has been project managing the multi-period archaeological investigations at Brownstown, Co. Kildare. Summaries of the investigations carried out at the site are appended.
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Archaeological impact assessment of a quarry at Killough, Co. Tipperary
Continuing development at Killough, Co. Tipperary required the archaeological impact assessment (AIA)of the heritage in the surrounding area.
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