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Mystery stone object

A reader of the blog has sent me two images of a puzzling object they recently found along the Boyne estuary. It consists of a roughly oval, flat stone that has a pattern carved into one side (the mobile phone in the image above gives a sense of scale). The carving consists of a centrally […]

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Vinegar hill windmill

Proposal to de-list archaeological and historical sites that post-date 1700

A very worrying proposal has been made by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht to remove statutory protection from archaeological and historical sites that post-date 1700. You can read more about this proposal and The Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland response below. Dear All, The Board of the IAI believes the following issue be to the detriment of the country’s archaeological resource. The […]

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Vikings Ireland

Viking exhibition and Longphort conference, Dundalk County Museum

  A quick announcement on behalf of Dundalk County Museum about a very interesting looking Viking conference (and exhibition), which is taking place in October.  The conference has an excellent line up of speakers and should be very informative. Following the discovery of the Viking site in Annagassan last year, the County Museum, Dundalk has announced details […]

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Orkney excavation reveals stunning Neolithic site

Ongoing archaeological excavations, by Nick Card of the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA), have revealed the remains of a stunning Neolithic site at the Ness of Brodgar, in Orkney. It consists of a least four exceptionally well preserved stone buildings that contain extensive evidence for Neolithic artwork, pottery, bones and stone tools. These closely spaced structures […]

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Some online tools for the amateur archaeologist

The internet provides some excellent tools for people interested in researching the archaeology which surrounds them.  The National Monuments map viewer is probably the best place for any amateur (or professional!) archaeologists to start. It lists all of the recorded archaeological sites in the country on a zoomable map.  The archaeological sites are shown as […]

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Archaeological excavations at Rossnaree, Bru na Boinne, Co. Meath

Last year I stumbled across an excellent blog detailing the archaeological excavations being carried out at Rossnaree, Co. Meath. The second season of digging at this site has just commenced and I’d highly recommend anyone interested in archaeology to have a look.  The blog has some fantastic geophysical images as well as a daily update […]

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cereal drying kiln

Irish corn-drying kilns, their Bronze Age origins?

A number of recent archaeological excavations have shed light on the possible ancient origins of corn-drying kilns in Ireland. These structures played an important role in cereal production, especially in damp climates such as Ireland where they were used to remove moisture prior to storage as well as to harden cereals to facilitate threshing and […]

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Mystery artefact sheds new light on Irish Bronze Age weaving

An unusual prehistoric artefact was recovered during the archaeological excavation of one of a pair of Middle Bronze Age structures identified at Knockgraffon, Co. Tipperary (along the N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown Road scheme, see McQuade, Molloy & Moriarty 2009). Each of the structures was defined by a circle of postholes and internally contained a large […]

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