Irish Archaeology website

Pages

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 […]

Continue Reading 12

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 […]

Continue Reading 4

Mystery artefact sheds new light on Irish Bronze Age weaving

An unusual prehistoric artefact was recovered during the archaeological excavation of one of a pair of Middle Bronze Age structures identified at Knockgraffon, Co. Tipperary (along the N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown Road scheme, see McQuade, Molloy & Moriarty 2009). Each of the structures was defined by a circle of postholes and internally contained a large […]

Continue Reading 5
fish weir

Dublin, The Prehistoric City

  When we think about the archaeology of Dublin the first things that comes to mind are the extensive Viking remains uncovered at sites such Woodquay/Fishamble Street and Temple Bar as well as the deep deposits of medieval archaeological remains that are found across much of the city centre. However, recently excavations at number of […]

Continue Reading 18

The School of Irish Archaeology

Just a quick heads up about a new heritage business set up by another recently unemployed archaeologist. Mark Kelly, a man who has spent the last ten years working on archaeological sites throughout the country, has just founded The School of Irish Archaeology. This new company’s goal is to bring archaeology into the classroom through […]

Continue Reading 3

Vikings in Co. Louth

  The Midlands Viking Symposium begins in Dublin tomorrow and one of the more interesting talks being presented is by Eamonn P. Kelly (National Museum of Ireland), in which he discusses the results of a recent archaeological excavation carried out at Annagassan, Co. Louth. Annagassan, or Linn Duchaill, is the site of one of the […]

Continue Reading 0
bog butter

Bog Butter find from Co. Offaly

Two county Co. Offaly men are in the media spotlight this morning after uncovering a large quantity of bog butter. Brian Clancy and his uncle Joe unearthed the find while working at Ballard Bog, near Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Tuesday. The bog butter was found in a large wooden vessel measuring 0.3m (1ft) in diameter […]

Continue Reading 2