Early Medieval Tunnel/Souterrain discovered in Co. Kerry

Steps leading into one of the internal chambers (photo James Eogan)

Interesting news from Co. Kerry, where an early medieval tunnel system/souterrain has been uncovered during construction works along the N71 road between Bonane and Glengarrif.

Located in Releagh townland, the previously unrecorded tunnel system...Read More »

If you go down to the woods today; a sylvan Trinity Knot in Co. Sligo

The woodland Trinity Knot (source)

I love this piece of woodland art from Co. Sligo. Inspired by ancient Irish designs, Jim McCabe and his family planted this sylvan Trinity Knot in the 1980s. It is located on the...Read More »

Project to accurately date Early Irish Texts wins funding

Professor Stifter

Funding of €1.8 million by has been secured from the European Research Council  for a project that will date a large number of 7th–10th century Irish texts.

Professor...Read More »

Weather Beaten Archaeology: IT Sligo to host new Archaeology Conference

Coastal Erosion at Staad, Co. Sligo (photo Ciarán Davis)

New archaeological sites, uncovered during the winter storms of the last two years, will be the subject of a special international conference in IT Sligo next weekend. The inaugural


Archaeologists have uncovered a Viking Age grave in Skaun, Norway that most likely contained the remains of a warrior. The person died in circa 950 AD and...Read More »

New foundation aims to preserve Irish folklore heritage

Cathal Goan, Chairman of the National Folklore Foundation; Dr Kelly Fitzgerald, Lecturer in Irish Folklore and Celtic Civilisation at UCD; and Professor Ríonach uí Ógáin, Director, National Folklore Collection, UCD

The National Folklore Foundation...Read More »

Site of famous 19th century 'shipwreck' discovered in Dundrum Bay, Co. Down

ss Great Britain (source)


Archaeologists have located the exact position where a famous 19th century ship, the ss Great Britain, was grounded for nearly a year in 1846. Designed by Read More »

Ireland's Ancient Dairy Past Revealed

New research from the University of Bristol has revealed the antiquity of dairy farming in Ireland. Research published today in the Journal of Environmental Archaeology shows that dairying on the island goes back approximately 6,000 years, revealed...Read More »

Five-thousand-year-old footprints found in Denmark

Prehistoric footprints (image Museum Lolland-Falster)

Exciting news from Denmark: archaeologists working on the Fehmarn Belt Tunnel scheme, have uncovered evidence for 5,000-year-old human footprints (source Museum Lolland-Falster). The footprints were identified along the edge of an...Read More »

Rocking through the Ages

This week’s Friday fun contains a selection of images of famous musicians hanging out at archaeological sites. Hope you enjoy them!

1. A  1961 New York Times photo, showing Louis Armstrong...Read More »

Viking Blacksmith's Grave Uncovered in Norway

The weapons and tools from the grave Source

The spectacular remains of what appears to be a Viking grave, most likely belonging to a blacksmith, has been uncovered in Sogndalsdalen, Norway (as reported by

For this week’s Friday fun I’ve shared some ancient sculptures which share an uncanny likenesses with modern day celebrities.  See what you think below!

 1. Ancient Egyptian Statue/Michael Jackson

Archaeologists uncover medieval human remains outside Trinity College, Dublin

Exciting news emerged today about a number of skeletons which were recently discovered outside Trinity College, Dublin, by Rubicon Heritage Services. In total, the partial remains of five individuals were identified at a depth of 1.5m below current street level.  According to...Read More »

Irish Archaeology's Photograph Competition 2014

Last year’s winning entry by Paddy Brennan, ‘Rock of Dunamase, Co. Laois’.

The annual Irish photo competition is open once more for entries. Last year’s competition was very successfully and we received loads of fantastic images. You can view some of...Read More »

A Viking Midsummer's Night

Alva Mac Gowan tells how she spent an enjoyable midsummer’s night in a very unusual location.

The Viking encampment on the banks of the River Slaney

This year, after a melancholy, dark and stormy winter, I decided to celebrate the longest day with a few...Read More »

Viking Ireland, a fantastic series of videos by the National Museum of Ireland

The Vikings in Ireland is a fantastic series of videos, which have been produced by the National Museum of Ireland to celebrate the 1000 year anniversary of...Read More »

Traces of the Past Exhibition, Portumna, Co. Galway

A new and very interesting looking exhibition, Traces of the Past, is taking place in Co. Galway during the month of October. The exhibition, which is highlighting the use of remote sensing in archaeology, will be displayed at the The Gallery in

Here is another selection of  amazing images from our Photography Competition, this time spanning the entire breadth of Irish archaeology. Don’t forget there are also specific posts showing some of the PrehistoricEarly MedievalLate Medieval and Foreign Archaeology photos. All of the images used in this...Read More »

Foreign Fields: Photos of World Archaeological Sites

Here is a selection of some of the brilliant images that have been entered into our Photography Competition, this time with an emphasis on World Archaeological Sites. Don’t forget there are also blog posts on the Prehistoric, Early Medieval and Late Medieval...Read More »

Castles and Abbeys: Medieval Ireland in Photos

Here is a selection of some of the fantastic images that have been entered into our Photography Competition, this time with an emphasis on Medieval sites. Don’t forget there are also blog posts on the Prehistoric and Early Medieval photos. All of the images...Read More »

Early Medieval Ireland in Photos

Early Medieval Ireland in Photos. A small selection of some of the brilliant images that have been entered into our Photography Competition, this time with an emphasis on Early Medieval sites. You can seen a selection of Prehistoric photos here. The competition runs until the 31st of...Read More »

Prehistoric Ireland in Photos

Prehistoric Ireland in Photos. In  case you didn’t know it already, Irish are running a photography competition for the month of July. So far there has been an amazing response and the standard of entries has been fantastic.  Below are just a small selection of these photos, with an...Read More »

Irish Archaeology Photo Competition


For a bit of fun we are running a photographic competition for the rest of July. The images submitted should feature archaeological or historical sites and can be from anywhere in the world. The best photos will be shared on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts, while the over-all...Read More »

The Story of the Logo

By Adrienne Corless

I suggested to Colm that it was about time he got a logo for his website – this website,

OK then, he told me, (charitably), you can sort it.

OK then, I told him, I will.

But where to start? The entire discipline of archaeology in Ireland...Read More »

The Archaeology of Gatherings: Call for Papers


A call for papers has been sent out for The Archaeology of Gatherings conference. This thematic international conference will bring together a range of speakers from different disciplines including both academics and professionals.  The aim is to explore...Read More »

The Lost City of Clonmacnoise

Adrienne Corless

Stopping off with my family on the car-journey between Dublin and Galway recently, I had an opportunity to visit the famous archaeological site of Clonmacnoise. Located right in the centre of the country, where a major east-west route-way met Ireland’s longest river,...Read More »

Below the Surface presents: The Fleet of Norse Dublin

Below the Surface presents its sixth talk in the maritime series on board the Jeanie Johnston tall ship. This replica famine ship is currently docked on the Dublin quays and the creaking sounds of its wooden hull will undoubtedly create a very atmospheric location for the lecture series.

Presented by Prof. Poul Holm, Trinity College Dublin on...Read More »

Grassroots Archaeology

The location of the possible medieval moated site (after Grassroots Archaeology)

I have just become aware of a very interesting looking community archaeology project that will take place this summer in Baldoyle, Co. Dublin. This initiative, which has been titled,

Tying in with the upcoming celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day and The Gathering, Below the Surface presents its fifth talk in the maritime series on board the Jeanie Johnston tall ship. This replica famine ship is currently docked on the Dublin quays and the...Read More »

Rathcroghan Conference 2013, call for papers

Rath Croghan

The Rathcroghan Legacy Project

A call for papers has been sent out for the Rathcroghan Archaeological Conference, which takes place in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon, between April 12 and 14, 2013. They are looking...Read More »

Tales of Medieval Dublin, lunchtime talks

A quick heads up about the excellent Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series.

Following its successful run in 2010, Dublin City Council and the Friends of Medieval Dublin are delighted to re-introduce, Tales of Medieval Dublin, a series of seven free lunchtime lectures held monthly between June and December 2011. Former minister for Arts, Culture...Read More »

Archaeology showcase at Ferrycarrig, The Irish National Heritage Park

In the week the Irish government announced a new tourism drive, I’d better give a plug to the heritage sector. As it happens, last Sunday I spent a very enjoyable day at the Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig in Co....Read More »

New Viking houses found in Dublin

Viking house reconstruction by Simon Dick

I see on the news that archaeologists Alan Hayden and Co. uncovered what may be the remains of two Viking houses in Temple bar, Dublin.  Exciting stuff!...Read More »