Stephen (Steve) holds BA (mod) and PhD degrees in Geology (1991) and Geoarchaeology (1995) from Trinity College Dublin. Steve is co-founder and CEO of the Irish Heritage School, the Irish Archaeology Field School, Cultural Tourism Ireland, Dig it Kids, and CRDS Archaeological and Historical Consultancy.
Steve undertook postgraduate research in archaeology at University College Dublin and is the Irish Stone Axe Project petrologist and Principal Investigator (along with Prof Gabriel Cooney), and co-authored with Prof Cooney the Project Monograph in 1998. He is External Examiner for Sligo Institute of Technology (2012-present) and has served as vice chairperson of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology (2009-2014) and as a cultural heritage tourism expert on a panel for the European Commission DG Enterprise Project (2012-2013). He is currently a guest lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America for the international lecture programme (2015/2016).
Steve is an instructor for the Ireland Birr field school, run in partnership with the Institute for Field Research. Steve is a Heritage in Schools Expert and teaches in-school archaeology education programmes. He also runs hands-on educational camps, workshops and events for children and educators. He has lectured and published widely on geoarchaeology, archaeology, cultural heritage and heritage business development.
Steve is co-founder of the Irish Heritage School, and has presented academic and public talks on the project in Ireland and across the USA, including to the Smithsonian (Washington DC) and the Archaeological Institute of America (Boston). Steve is an expert guide and travel planner with Cultural Tourism Ireland and has led several special interest tours of Ireland’s archaeological heritage.
He is a professional member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, the European Federation of Professional Geologists, and the Council for British Archaeology Implement Petrology Committee.