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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Decapitated skull reveals brain!

The above image shows a gruesome find from Yorkshire where archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a decapitated skull that still contained brain matter! The skull was recovered from a pit and it appears as if the poor unfortunate man was hanged before being beheaded.  The head was then carefully placed in the pit where exceptional conditions allowed the brain matter to survive. […]

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Halberds and Crane dances, a new theory.

  Just after reading a very interesting article in the latest issue of Archaeology Ireland (Spring 2011). The article discusses how the crane, a large and colourful bird which is related to the heron, was once very common in Ireland, only becoming extinct c. 300 years ago. The authors, Lorcan O’ Toole and Ronan O’ Flaherty, suggest that this impressive […]

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Hillfort excavation and community archaeology

Details of an intriguing excavation at a British hillfort can be seen in the links below.  Although the the excavation findings were extremely significant and included evidence of a massacre, what is even more interesting from an Irish perspective was the way the excavation was carried out. It involved local community groups – including 400 school kids –  and professional archaeologists working side by […]

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Neolithic house, Enniscorthy

Recent excavations by TVAS  archaeology have uncovered the remains of a large neolithic house just outside Eniscorthy. Details below.   http://www.enniscorthyecho.ie/news/mhsngbidid/ Wexford’s oldest house’ uncovered at local site WHAT IS being regarded by experts as the site of one the oldest residential homes in Co. Wexford dating back to 3600 BC has been discovered during an archaeological dig along […]

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