Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology was founded in 2001 by Emmet Stafford and Catherine McLoughlin, who continue to run the business today.
Emmet has a Masters degree from Trinity College Dublin where he studied archaeology in the 1990’s. After working as a field archaeologist for several years he became eligible to hold an Archaeological Licence from the state in 2000. Since then Emmet has worked on infrastructural projects and large commercial developments as well as smaller scale domestic projects across Ireland and has excavated archaeological sites from early prehistory to post-medieval date. In 2013, having previously undertaken tourism training with Failte Ireland, Emmet undertook a Post-Graduate Certificate in Heritage Tourism, followed by an MA in Heritage Practice, both from the University of Wales. Emmet is particularly interested in the interpretation and presentation of heritage sites and spaces.
As well as providing local heritage training Emmet is a regular speaker on historical and archaeological topics and has contributed to a number of journals and books on Irish archaeology. He is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland and details of his licenced archaeological projects can be found in the Excavations Bulletin database at www.excavations.ie.
Catherine graduated from Queens University Belfast with a BSc (Hons) degree in Archaeology & Paleoecology. She became eligible to hold the state-issued Archaeological Licence in 1998 and since then has worked on many large infrastructural projects such as road-schemes, housing developments and wind-farms, as well as smaller scale developments. She has directed excavations on all types of archaeological sites from rural prehistoric remains to urban medieval and post-medieval settlement. In recent years Catherine has become increasingly interested in the conservation of upstanding historic buildings and has worked on conservation projects relating to medieval churches and castles, stone farm buildings and mud-walled cottages, as well as the conservation of historic spaces such as graveyards. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair & Conservation from Trinity College Dublin.
Catherine has contributed to a number of journals and books on archaeology and a listing of her licenced archaeological projects can be found in the Excavations Bulletin database at www.excavations.ie. Catherine is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, a member of ICOMOS Ireland, and a member of the Building Limes Forum Ireland.