This page includes information and links to selected published papers and unpublished technical reports.


Johnston, P. (2023) ‘Plant macrofossils from Beaubec, Co. Meath’, in Beaubec, Co. Meath. Excavation of a French Cistercian Grange in the Boyne Valley. Julianstown: Chapel Press, pp. 164–176.

Johnston, P. and Monk, M. (2020) ‘Reflecting on key themes in the study of plant and insect remains from the Troitsky excavations in Novgorod, 1994–2002’, Archaeological news, 28, pp. 222–232. doi:10.31600/1817-6976-2020-28-222-232.

Johnston, P. (2019) ‘Plant remains’, in Johnston, P. and Kiely, J., Hidden Voices. The archaeology of the M8 Fermoy – Mitchelstown motorway. Dublin: Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII Heritage, 7), pp. 160–167.

Johnston, P. (2015) ‘Examining social and economic aspects of Middle to Late Bronze Age settlement in Ireland using archaeobotany: case studies from North Cork’, in Kneisel, J., Dal Corso, M., Kirleis, W., Scholz, H., Taylor, N., and Tiedtke, V. (eds) The Third Food Revolution? Setting the Bronze Age table: common trends in economic and subsistence strategies in Bronze Age Europe. Bonn: Verlag Dr. Rudolph Habelt GmbH, pp. 64–74. Link here.

Johnston, P. (2014) ‘Archaeobotanical Data from Two Middle and Later Bronze Age Round House Sites in Cork, Ireland’, Journal of Open Archaeology Data, 3, p. e1. doi:10.5334/

Monk, M.A. and Johnston, P. (2012) ‘Perspectives on non-wood plants in the sampled assemblage from the Troitsky excavations of medieval Novgorod’, in Brisbane, M., Makarov, N., and Nosov, E. (eds) The Archaeology of Medieval Novgorod in Context: Studies in Centre/Periphery Relations. Oxford: Oxbow Books (The Archaeology of Medieval Novgorod, 4), pp. 283–320. Link here.

Dillon, M. and Johnston, P. (2009) ‘Plant remains’, in Baker, C., The Archaeology of Kileen Castle, Co. Meath. Dublin: Wordwell, pp. 101–111.

Johnston, P. (2007) ‘Analysis of carbonised plant remains’, in Grogan, E., O’Donnell, L., and Johnston, P., The Bronze Age Landscapes of the Pipeline to the West. Bray: Wordwell, pp. 70–79. Link here.

Magazine articles

Johnston, P. (2023) ‘Archaeobotany: what can plant macro-remains tell us?’, Archaeology Ireland, 37(2), pp. 36–40.

Published technical reports and summary accounts of site-based results

Johnston, P. (2007) ‘Charred seeds from Knockhouse Lower, Co. Waterford (03E1033)’, Decies, Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, 63, pp. 14–15. Link here.

Seaver, M. (with contributions from C. Swift, L. Strid and P. Johnston) (2011). Inter-change: excavations of an early medieval landscape at Glebe and Laughaunstown, County Dublin, in Potterton, M. and Corlett, C. (eds.) Settlement in Early Medieval Ireland in the Light of Recent Excavations. Dublin, Wordwell.

Johnston, P. (2010). Appendix 2.IV–Analysis of the plant remains from Ballywillin Crannog, pp. 85–86 in Fredengren, C., Kilfeather, A. and Stuijts, I. Lough Kinale: studies of an Irish lake. Lake Settlement project Discovery Programme Monograph No. 8. Dublin, Wordwell.

Johnston, P. (2010). Crop remains from Ballynamona 2, Seanda 5, 14–15.

Johnston, P. (2009). Appendix C: Analysis of the plant remains, in Reilly, F. Bronze Age cremation burials at Carmanhall, Co. Dublin, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 139, 31-32.

Dillon, M. & Johnston, P. (2009). Plant remains, pp. 101–111 in Baker, C. The Archaeology of Killeen Castle, Co. Meath. Dublin, Wordwell.

Johnston, P., O’Donnell, L & Margaret Gowen and Co. Ltd. (2008). Appendix V. Analysis of charred plant remains and charcoal, pp. 138–148 in Stout, G and Stout, M. Excavation of an Early Medieval Secular Cemetery at Knowth Site M, County Meath. Dublin, Wordwell.

Johnston, P. and Reilly, E. (2007) ‘Plant and insect remains‘, in O’Sullivan, A., Sands, R. and Kelly, E. Coolure Demesne Crannog, Lough Derravaragh: an introduction to its archaeology and landscapes. Bray: Worwell.

Johnston, P. (2007). Appendix IV. Analysis of plant remains, pp. 122–124 in Baker, C. Excavations at Cloncowan II, Co. Meath, Journal of Irish Archaeology XVI, 61–132.

Technical reports

Please get in touch if you need any of the reports listed below for your research. Some earlier reports are available from Figshare.


  • Lisheen, Co. Tipperary (21E0442)


  • Newtown, Co. Dublin (18E0690)
  • Farrankelly, Co. Wicklow (17E0292)
  • Lusk, Co. Dublin (21E0215)
  • Togher, Co. Laois (19E0642)
  • Cloonmore, Co. Kerry (21E0140)
  • Abbey Street, Dublin (19E0110)
  • Balgatheran 4, Co. Louth (00E0905)
  • Corbally, Co. Kildare (20E0634)
  • Desertcreat, Co. Tyrone (AE/12/82)
  • Hollywoodrath, Co. Dublin (18E0662)
  • Kildare Village, Co. Kildate (17E0400)
  • Milltown 1, Co. Dublin (19E0680)
  • Milltown 2, Co. Dublin (19E0682)
  • Maidenhead 1, Co. Laois (18E0236)
  • Newtown Kill, Corbally, Co. Kildare (20E0635)
  • Adare, Co. Limerick (17E0203)
  • Dunsaughlin, Co. meath (18E0495)
  • Aungier Street, Dublin (17E0212)
  • Clonee, Gunnock and Portan, Co. Meath, Site 14 (16E0175), Site 17 (16E0196), Site 20 (16E0259), Site 22 (16E0337), Site 31ext and Site 32 (16E0063)
  • Cooldross, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow (17E0646)
  • Corballis 10, Donabate, Co. Dublin (18E0108)
  • Craddockstown, Naas, Co. Kildare (18E0148)
  • Croadun, Co. Kildare (19E0214)
  • Dragoonhill, Co. Wicklow (17E0645)
  • Druid’s Glen, Co. Wicklow (16E0468)
  • Duleek, Co. Meath 18E0508
  • Fourcuil, Co. Cork (19E0527)
  • George’s Street, Dublin (18E0661)
  • Glenheron, Charlesland, Co. Wicklow (17E0648)
  • Grenagh North, Co. Cork (20E0004)
  • Jigginstown, Co. Kildare (16E0552)
  • Johnstown, Co. Kildare (18E0314)
  • Laughanstown, Co. Dublin (19E0198)
  • Lissaniska, Co. Kerry (17E0328)
  • Maria Villa, Co. Kildare (17E0206)
  • Mooretown, Co. Dublin (18E0718)
  • Portmarnock, Co. Dublin 19E0303
  • Priorsland, Co. Dublin (18E0650)
  • Scholarstown, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin (18E0458)