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IAI Autumn Conference

  Just a quick heads up about The Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland’s autumn conference, which takes place next weekend (4th-5th of November) at The Gresham-Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork. This years theme is ‘Heritage tourism and community initiatives; the value of communicating archaeology’. There is also a chance to test your archaeology/general knowledge at the the […]

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Mystery stone object

A reader of the blog has sent me two images of a puzzling object they recently found along the Boyne estuary. It consists of a roughly oval, flat stone that has a pattern carved into one side (the mobile phone in the image above gives a sense of scale). The carving consists of a centrally […]

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Archaeological events this weekend (Sept 23rd to 25th)

Just a quick post to publicise a number of archaeological events that are taking place this weekend and which are open to members of the general public.   Friday 23rd; Experimental Archaeology conference at University College Dublin Firstly on Friday the 23rd of September an interesting looking conference takes place in UCD, which discusses the field of experimental archaeology. Attendance at this conference is open […]

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Vinegar hill windmill

Proposal to de-list archaeological and historical sites that post-date 1700

A very worrying proposal has been made by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht to remove statutory protection from archaeological and historical sites that post-date 1700. You can read more about this proposal and The Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland response below. Dear All, The Board of the IAI believes the following issue be to the detriment of the country’s archaeological resource. The […]

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Vikings Ireland

Viking exhibition and Longphort conference, Dundalk County Museum

  A quick announcement on behalf of Dundalk County Museum about a very interesting looking Viking conference (and exhibition), which is taking place in October.  The conference has an excellent line up of speakers and should be very informative. Following the discovery of the Viking site in Annagassan last year, the County Museum, Dundalk has announced details […]

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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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