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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...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

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...Read More »


Ancient Look a Likes

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

Meet the Archaeologist: Breandán Ó Ríordáin

by Adrienne Corless

‘An archaeologist is really like a detective because he is always on the lookout for clues of various kinds which will help him in forming some idea of the way of life and customs of the people who lived in ancient times. As he is usually dealing with...Read More »


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...Read More »


Irish Archaeology's Photograph Competition 2014

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

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


Through the millennia: Irish Archaeology in photos

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 Prehistoric

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 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 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

Prehistoric Ireland in Photos. In  case you didn’t know it already, Irish Archaeology.ie 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...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...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, irisharchaeology.ie.

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

OK then, I told him, I will.

But where to start? The entire...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...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...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...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...Read More »


Below the Surface presents: The opening of the Atlantic world – English settlement in Ireland and North America in the 17th century

Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, 1612.

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...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...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...Read More »


16th century Irish Hipsters

I recently spotted what appeared to be remarkably modern looking haircuts in Albrecht Druer’s woodcut of 1521 AD[i]. This image […]

Through the millennia: Irish Archaeology in photos

Here is another selection of  amazing images from our Photography Competition, this time spanning the entire breadth of Irish archaeology. Don’t […]

A Mesolithic cemetery: Ireland’s oldest burials

  On a bend of the River Shannon, Ireland’s largest watercourse, a small band of hunter-gathers came to together nearly […]

Images of Newgrange through the ages

The Neolithic  passage tomb at Newgrange is the most visited archaeological site in Ireland. Over 5000 years old it pre-dates the first phase of […]

The Broighter hoard

The remarkable Broighter hoard, arguably the finest treasure trove of the Irish Iron Age, was discovered on a February evening […]

The Oseberg Viking ship burial

  In 1904 a remarkable archaeological site was uncovered at Oseberg, Norway. It consisted of an astonishingly well-preserved Viking ship […]