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The Archaeology of 1916

A very interesting new project exploring the 1916 Rising from an archaeological point of view is about to commence in Dublin city. It will see a team of archaeologists, lead by Franc Myles and Professor Aidan O’Sullivan, investigating the legacy of the Easter Rebellion using a range of archaeological survey techniques. It is hoped that this work will […]

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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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Invitation to the Archaeology 2025 Assembly

Do you want to help re-position archaeology in a meaningful way in Ireland’s future? If so, you should think about attending the Archaeology 2025 Assembly. This free event is taking place in the lovely surroundings of the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on Thursday, April 7th. It will allow members of the public as well as professionals working […]

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Heritage Council Announces Community Grants Programme

The Heritage Council have just announced that this year it will run a €500,000 community grants scheme as well as supporting 70 full time jobs. Maintaining the community grants initiative has been made possible by the provision of a supplementary estimate of €500,000 by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Heather Humphreys in […]

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Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland

To celebrate the launch of ‘Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland‘, a new publication by Four Courts Press, I have one copy of the book to give away (see below for entry details). The book launch will take place next week on Thursday 19 November in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 and all […]

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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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