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Heritage Council welcomes €1 million in extra funding

There was welcome news in yesterday’s budget, when an additional €1 million in funding was allocated to the Heritage Council.  The Heritage Council is a public body that aids local communities to take responsibility for and participate in the development and conservation of their heritage assets, both natural and cultural. According to Michael Starrett, the Chief […]

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Badger uncovers ancient human remains in Co. Cavan

Interesting news from Cavan where ancient human remains have been unearthed by a badger digging close to a prehistoric tomb. The human bones were identified by a local historian Séamus Ó hUltacháin and number of archaeologists including Sam Moore (IT Sligo), Vicki Cummings (University of Central Lancaster) and Colin Richards (University of Manchester). The remains […]

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Millions of Irish family records released on-line today

Important news for anyone interested in researching their Irish ancestors. From today millions of historic personal records will be available on-line, free of charge. The records of births, marriages and deaths are being released by the General Register Office on The expanded database includes the Birth Records Indexes from 1864 to 1914, the Marriage Records […]

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Bone Ice Skates from Viking Age Dublin

These unusual looking bone objects represent a pair of medieval ice skates. They date from circa 11th/12th century AD and were discovered during the National Museum of Ireland’s excavations in Viking Age Dublin[i]. Similar artefacts are known from early Scandinavian sites such as Birka and Hedeby, while in Britain over 40 have been found in […]

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Remarkable wooden artefact unearthed at Vindolanda Roman Fort

  Located just to the south of Hadrian’s Wall, in northern Britain, Vindolanda was once an important Roman fort. For the last 45 years it has been subjected to a continuous series of excavations, which have uncovered many thousands of artefacts. What makes these ordinary items extraordinary is the fact they are approaching 2,000 years […]

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Some Early Medieval Grave Slabs at Clonmacnoise

  Founded by St. Ciarán in the 6th century AD, Clonmacnoise is one of Ireland’s most famous early monasteries. Its high status is reflected in the historical documents which record numerous instances of Irish kings and important ecclesiastics being buried at the site. Today, evidence for these interments survives in the form of beautifully decorated grave-markers, […]

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French Archaeologists Uncover 6000 Year Old Massacre

A team of archaeologists working in Achenheim, France have uncovered evidence of a 6000 year old massacre while excavating a large Neolithic enclosure. The macabre discovery was found inside a subterranean silo, which had originally been used for storing grain and other foodstuffs. However, this pit was filled with something entirely different. It contained the […]

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