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A 12th century dog collar from Waterford city

This rare 12th century dog collar was found by archaeologists working in Waterford city. Fashioned out of bronze, it originally…

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Animal ‘Sacrifice’ and Blood Letting, Saint Martin’s Feast in Ireland

Today, the 11th of November, is the feast of St. Martin of Tours. He was a particularly popular saint in…

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Excavating a Prehistoric Tomb at the Hell Fire Club, Dublin

Last week I visited a fascinating archaeological dig in the Dublin mountains, where Neil Jackman of Abarta Heritage is excavating…

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Earliest Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick

This colourful illustration is the earliest know depiction of a witch riding a broomstick. It is taken from an enormous,…

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Heritage Council welcomes €1 million in extra funding

There was welcome news in yesterday’s budget, when an additional €1 million in funding was allocated to the Heritage Council….

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Badger uncovers ancient human remains in Co. Cavan

Interesting news from Cavan where ancient human remains have been unearthed by a badger digging close to a prehistoric tomb….

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Millions of Irish family records released on-line today

Important news for anyone interested in researching their Irish ancestors. From today millions of historic personal records will be available…

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Bone Ice Skates from Viking Age Dublin

These unusual looking bone objects represent a pair of medieval ice skates. They date from circa 11th/12th century AD and…

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The Greatest Archaeological Discoveries of all Time?

Claire Collins of the Caherconnell Stone Fort Project has sent in this interesting graphic with her suggestions for the ‘Greatest…

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A 16th Century Magical Disc

This elaborately decorated wax disc is known as the ‘Seal of God’. Dating from the 16th century, it originally belonged…