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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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Tales of Medieval Dublin

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 and the Gaeltacht, and […]

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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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On-line RMP database mapping updated

Just a quick post to let everyone know that the on-line RMP database mapping (a list of recorded archaeological monuments) at Archaeology.ie has been updated. It’s now based on ordnance survey mapping and at first glance it appears far more accessible and user friendly than the previous version, which was frankly torturous to use at times. Each of the […]

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