Mary Cahill

Keeper of Irish Antiquities

Mary Cahill FSA, is Keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland with responsibility for the archaeological collections. She has special interests in prehistoric goldwork, history of collections and antiquarianism and has published widely on these themes.

Exhibitions curated include Rites of Passage at Tara-the excavation of the Mound of the Hostages; Ór-Irelands Gold; Ancient Egypt and Ten Years Collecting.

Amongst recent publications are a two-volume work on burial archaeology, Breaking ground, finding graves—reports on the excavations of burials undertaken by the National Museum of Ireland 1927-2006 and a study of the prehistoric gold in the collection of Robert Day.

Current research interests are the symbolism and relationships between the earliest goldwork found in Ireland and contemporary ceramics and Late Bronze sheet gold work and its relationship to concepts of warrior status and culture in Europe.

A full bibliography and selected papers can be seen at