Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

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Presented on the results of my MA Archaeology thesis at IAI 2022 during Day 1, Session 2: Challenges and Solutions.

Title: 'Understanding the archaeological and natural landscape associations of Ireland‟s cillíní (unconsecrated children's burial grounds) using GIS in County Mayo.'

Abstract: 'This presentation hopes to highlight that the full potential of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is yet to be utilised more consistently in Irish archaeology and to encourage others to try and gain a better understanding of all GIS tools offered in these programmes. In 2017, masters research was undertaken to better understand the locations and associations of cillíní in Ireland. The term cillíní refers to the unconsecrated burial grounds used primarily for the burial of unbaptised and stillborn children from the late medieval into the early modern period in Ireland. There are almost 1700 cillíní recorded across Ireland, with more than 50% of cillíní found in three western counties (Galway, Kerry and Mayo). County Mayo has the third highest amount at the current count of 224 cillíní but is the least studied of the three counties. By mapping the archaeological and natural landscape associations of the then 208 cillíní recorded in County Mayo in 2017 and using the full potential of the more complicated tools offered by GIS programmes, a better understanding of cillíní was established than would have been found by just using the basic GIS tools more commonly utilised.'
Period01 Apr 2022
Event typeConference
LocationBelfast, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • children's burial grounds
  • cillíní
  • cillini
  • unconsecrated children's burial grounds
  • GIS
  • Geographical Information Science GIS