Dr James Bonsall


James developed an interest in archaeological geophysics during his BA (King Alfred’s College, 2000) and specialised in the world of geophysics with an MSc in Archaeological Prospection (University of Bradford, 2001). After that he worked for a small number of private sector archaeological and geophysical companies in the UK before moving to Ireland and creating Earthsound Archaeological Geophysics.

Between 2010-2014, James carried out PhD research funded by a National Roads Authority (NRA) Fellowship Programme “A reappraisal of archaeological geophysical surveys on Irish road corridors 2001-2010” (University of Bradford, 2014), which resulted in a number of peer review publications and a procedural guidance document for NRA (now TII, Transport Infrastructure Ireland) staff on commissioning and procuring of geophysical surveys on infrastructure projects.

Since 2008 James has acted as a consultant to the Serious Crime Review Team (a cold case investigation unit) of An Garda Siochána and regularly provides them with forensic geophysical surveys.

He has been a Lecturer since 2014 at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland, where he's responsible for delivering modules in Applied Archaeology and supervising postgraduate research. In 2015, James convened the First International Weather Beaten Archaeology Conference.

He is currently engaged in the integration of the multi-method prospection data complemented by multi-element analysis of soils derived from an early medieval monastic enclosure in Ireland; mapping wooden trackways across wetlands using induced polarisation; the rapid assessment of coastal monuments threatened by erosion