Thorsten Kahlert


I was awarded my PhD (2016) and my in BSc (2009) archaeology at IT Sligo. My primary specialisation is in GIS, archaeological predictive modelling and surveying. I apply these techniques to explore how different environments influenced human behaviour and culture. For my IRC and IT Sligo President Bursary Award funded doctoral research I used GIS and archaeological predictive modelling to predict the presence of Neolithic funerary activity in Irish caves. I have a special interest in spatial technology in archaeology and cave archaeology. My discovery of human remains of Middle Neolithic date on Knocknarea Mountain in Co. Sligo provided the first tangible evidence indicative of a link between caves and the Irish passage tomb tradition passage tomb builders. I am also specialised in archaeological photography where I have developed expertise in artefact, cave and UAV photography. Additionally, I am highly skilled in desktop publishing and was a consultant on numerous archaeological books and articles.

My career as a researcher began in 2008 when I was invited to join the research teams of the Living on the Edge (QUB) and Leean in Context (QUB) projects as a surveyor, photographer and GIS expert. Following my PhD submission, I became member of the Knocknashee Research Project (QUB) team where I conducted a GPS field assessment and UAV aerial survey of the Knocknashee hill fort in Co. Sligo. Most recently, I worked as a senior surveyor for IAC, primarily working on Phase II on a major road project near the Neolithic passage tomb complex of Carrowkeel in Co. Sligo.