Meet the Reliqua Team




Dr. Neil O'Flanagan BA, MA, MSc, PhD,  Project Manager

Neil O’Flanagan is a licensed archaeologist and urban historian with extensive experience in archaeological and cultural heritage projects in Ireland, the UK, and Australia. He supervised large-scale archaeological and heritage projects in various parts of Ireland, including the excavation and refurbishment of two medieval style stone houses in Kirwans Lane, Galway: the excavation of Cashel M8 bypass, and historical consultancy on Pigeon House Fort & Harbour, Dublin. He also carried out an historical survey of Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead, Cheshire, and Victoria Warehouse, Stretford, Manchester, adjacent to Manchester United Football Stadium.

He graduated from the Australian National University with a PhD on the history of Sydney, Australia, including the evolution of the design of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.He has published several articles on urban history and heritage in Ireland and Australia. He is a corporate member of the Irish Planning Institute and the Institute of Archaeology of Ireland.


Qualifications: MSc in Spatial Planning, DIT, Bolton Street, Dublin, 2003 PhD in Urban Research, Australian National University, Canberra, 1990 MA in Modern History UCD, Dublin, 1986 BA in History & Archaeology, UCD, Dublin, 1982.




Niall O’Hora BA (Hons), MA, Site Director

Niall is a licenced archaeological field director and over the past two years he directed a number of excavations in west Dublin, including a series of early medieval enclosures. Prior to this, he supervised a wide and diverse array of sites, ranging in date from the Mesolithic to the Post-Medieval periods in both Ireland and Africa. The sites in Ireland were all part of major infrastructural developments and included the excavation and subsequent report writing of rural and complex urban sites.

In Africa he supervised the research excavation of the medieval Swahili city of Gedi in Kenya (2002) with a focus on the architectural development and urbanization of the East African coast, while in Egypt (2004 and 2009) he supervised the excavations of medieval Cairo, also part of a major infrastructural development, with a focus on the history and development of its military architecture and subsequent domestic living spaces.Following the Cairo excavations he edited and co-wrote the report on 10 years of archaeological excavations in Fatimid Cairo for the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in conjunction with the Supreme Council of Antiquities. This was published in the Egyptian Journal of Islamic Archaeology in 2010. 

Niall graduated from UCC in 2003 with an honours degree majoring in archaeology and completed a Masters degree in archaeology in 2011 in UCD with a strong focus on the archaeology of the early medieval monasteries in Ireland and Egypt.



Chiara Mazzanti BA, MA, Senior Archaeologist and Software Technician

Chiara Mazzanti is an archaeologist and software specialist. She has worked in archaeology for the last 10 years in her native Italy and in the wider Mediterranean. She both supervised and directed excavations ranging from the Neolithic to Medieva Era. During this period she focused her attention on site surveying using both Total Station and GPS. Follwing this she began training in software programs including MERIDIANA, AutoCad, Microstation, WIN TOPO and Perspective Rectifier for Photogrammetry.  In the last year in Ireland she was mainly involved in archaeological surveying using GPS and in the graphic realaboration of the archaeological drawings by means of the Vectorisation Method. All the data was at the last stage processed through AutoCad to create detailed cumulative site maps.

Chiara completed her Masters Degree in 2007 at the ALMA Mater Stuidorium, University of Bologna with a thesis in the Archaeomacology of a Tunisian Perilagunar site. She worked on this site in collaboration with the Sorbonne University of Paris and UCL.


Mark Andrews BA, Senior Archaeologist and Illustrator

Mark has been working in Irish commercial archaeology for 14 years having originally studied in the UK. He recently took part in several seasons of a research project in the Sultanate of Oman for the University of Edinburgh. He is currently taking care of the finds illustration from recent excavations in west Dublin, including a pair of granite quernstones and a number of iron blades and other objects retrieved from a series of early medieval enclosures. 

Mark graduated from Durham University with a BA degree in 2001. Always interested in drawing, he took the archaeological illustration module in his third year and has become a keen finds illustrator as well as excavator and site supervisor.


Liam Coen BA, Senior Archaeologist and Site Supervisor

Liam  has been working in Archaeology since qualifiying with a BA from NUIG in 2006. He has been supervising since 2012 and has extensive experience in excavation, post-excavation work and monitoring. He has worked on a wide range of sites including urban, rural and wetland. 


Mairéad Sweeney, BA (Hons) Outreach Coordinator/Site Assistant

Mairead Sweeney has been working in Experimental and Public Outreach Archaeology for nearly 5 years. She has been part of ancient housing construction projects both in UCD and the National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, working in conjunction with the School of Archaeology UCD and Muintir Na Coille Co-op. Her body of work includes experimental archaeology projects ranging from pottery of the prehistoric to medieval, ancinet house construction, prehistoric stone working, green crafts and built clay features of the Early Medieval.

She has worked at interactive displays and open-air events exhibiting archaeology for children and adults up and down the country. She also works full time as a site assistant and has been employed on some of the most important archaeological excavations in recent years, including Rathfarnham Castle and Rathnadrina Hill top enclosure.

She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from University College Dublin in 2013