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New Fund to Safeguard Coastal Heritage Sites

More than €4m of European Union funds has been awarded to help safeguard heritage and coastal tourism sites in Wales and Ireland. Funded by the EU Ireland-Wales programme, the CHERISH project (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands) will support specialist organisations in Wales and Ireland to employ cutting-edge technologies to analyse coastal […]

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Skeleton found in Clare cave reveals tragic life story

A human skull discovered by cavers in a cave outside Ballyvaughan village in the Burren in 2011 prompted a rescue archaeological excavation funded by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.The full scientific investigations of the skeleton have just been published revealing incredible details about the boy’s […]

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Hoard of Islamic silver coins found in Sweden

An interesting find from Uppland in Sweden where archaeologist working for Arkeologikonsult have uncovered a hoard of 163 Islamic coins. Fashioned out of silver, the coins contain Arabic script and the majority were minted in Samarkand, an Islamic state which was located in modern day Uzbekistan and Iran. They date from the mid-10th century AD and […]

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Animal ‘Sacrifice’ and Blood Letting, Saint Martin’s Feast in Ireland

Today, the 11th of November, is the feast of St. Martin of Tours. He was a particularly popular saint in Ireland and up until quite recently his feast (Martinmas) was surrounded by a number of superstitions and customs.  These included a rather gruesome tradition, at least to modern eyes, which involved animal ‘sacrifice’ and blood […]

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Excavating a Prehistoric Tomb at the Hell Fire Club, Dublin

Last week I visited a fascinating archaeological dig in the Dublin mountains, where Neil Jackman of Abarta Heritage is excavating the remains of suspected Neolithic tomb. The site is located on prominent hill overlooking the city, right beside one of Dublin’s most infamous buildings, the Hell Fire Club. Built in 1725, this large stone structure […]

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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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