I was awarded a BA (Hons.) in Archaeology from University College Galway in 1991 and an MA (Hons.) from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1998. Thesis title: "A statistical and spatial analysis of ringfort distribution and morphology on the Loop Head peninsula, Co. Clare".
Since graduation I have worked in various aspects of archaeology (from desk-researcher and excavator to project manager) for a number of archaeological consultancies.
I have extensive experience in all areas of Irish archaeology and have excavated sites from the Mesolithic period to the 20th century. I have a strong record of bringing excavated sites to publication and have a significant body of published work.
I am a former member of the Historic Monuments Council (2000-2006) and the Joint Committee for Industrial Heritage (2000-2006).
My personal research interests include later prehistoric settlement and ritual, along with post-Medieval gravestones. I am particularly interested in archaeological dating and maintain a resource list of Irish radiocarbon determinations and dendrochronological dates. I also provide radiocarbon services, including data organisation, and presentation, graphing of results and providing comparative data from excavations. I blog about all things archaeological (rmchapple.blogspot.com) and can be found on twitter @RMChapple.
I was brought up outside the village of Craughwell, Co. Galway, in the west of Ireland. After university I spent extended periods of time working in various parts of Ireland, including Belmullet, Co. Mayo, and Cross on the Loop Head peninsula, Co. Clare. Since 1997 I have been based in Belfast, where I live with my wife, Jeanne, and our two sons.