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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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New Discovery Pushes Back Date of Human Existence in Ireland by 2500 years

A remarkable archaeological discovery in a Co. Clare cave has pushed back the date of human existence in Ireland by 2,500 years. This discovery re-writes Irish archaeology and adds an entirely new chapter to human colonisation of the island – moving Ireland’s story into a new era. Radiocarbon dating of a butchered brown bear bone, […]

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The beautiful 12th century church at Ullard, Co. Kilkenny

Located in the shadow of the Blackstairs Mountains, Ullard church, County Kilkenny contains a fine 12th century doorway, which is well worth visiting. This impressive entrance utilises a series of chevron and dot designs as decorative motifs, while further embellishments included at least three carved human heads. Although it has been somewhat modified over the […]

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Beautiful photos of Irish Heritage Sites/Wiki Loves Monuments

The winners of this year’s Irish Wiki Loves Monuments photo competition have just been announced and as usual the standard is exceptionally high. Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest, organised by Wikimedia, which aims to raise awareness of cultural monuments by creating a crowd-sourced bank of quality images that will be free to use for education. […]

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Medieval burials discovered at Cabinteely, Co. Dublin

A recent archaeological excavation at Cabinteely in Co. Dublin has uncovered a number of human skeletons of probable early medieval date. Directed by Ken Wiggins, on behalf of Judith Carroll & Co, the excavation indentified the remains of at least five individuals, who had been interred in shallow, east-west oriented graves. These newly discovered burials […]

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Early Medieval Tunnel System found in Co. Kildare

A remarkably well-preserved early medieval tunnel-system has been uncovered near the town of Naas in Co. Kildare. Probably over a 1000 years old, it was discovered by two archaeologists, Will O’Siorain and Robert Breen, as they monitored topsoil stripping on behalf of ACSU. Also known as souterrains, early medieval tunnels such as the Naas example […]

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Neolithic Burials identified inside Co. Kerry Tomb

The cremated remains of at least two people have been discovered following an archaeological excavation at a Neolithic tomb in Killaclohane, near Milltown, Co. Kerry. Most likely erected around 3800 BC, this monument represents one of Kerry’s oldest upstanding structures. Megalithic monuments such as Killaclohane are classified as a portal tombs by archaeologists, and there […]

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Beneath the Tree: A Violent Death in Early Medieval Sligo

Interesting news from Collooney in Co. Sligo where archaeologists working for Sligo-Leitrim Archaeological Services (on behalf of the National Monuments Service) have discovered an early medieval skeleton in unusual circumstances. The body was identified earlier this year beneath a 200 year old beech tree that had blown down during a storm. Slightly bizarrely, the upper part […]

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