Brian is an experienced field archaeologist working with the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, Queen’s University Belfast for the last 16 years. Since gaining his first Archaeological Excavation Licence in 2005, he has directed a number of excavations across the North of Ireland ranging from Prehistoric to Early Modern times. Brian is a specialist in the analysis of lithic artefacts, particularly those dating to the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in Ireland (c. 7,000 – 2,000 BC). Brian has published a wide range of articles on both fieldwork projects as well as lithic assemblages recovered during excavations. Recently Brian has led the community based investigations in Downpatrick Co. Down, instructing 50 members of the local community in archaeological practice. The project investigated the Benedictine Abbey which occupied Cathedral Hill from the late twelfth century AD until the dissolution of the monasteries during Henry VIII’s reign in the mid-sixteenth century AD. In his down-time, Brian enjoys all aspects of Irish culture, particularly its music and mythology.