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Archaeologists discover evidence of prehistoric gold trade route between Britain and Ireland

Archaeologists at the University of Southampton have found evidence of an ancient gold trade route between south-west Britain and Ireland. This new study suggests that people were trading gold between the two countries as far back as the early Bronze Age (2500 BC). The research, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, used a new […]

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The Moylough Belt Shrine

Dating from the 8th century AD, the Moylough belt shrine is one of the great treasures of early Ireland. Fashioned out of bronze and silver, it was found in 1945 by Mr John Towey as he dug turf on his father’s farm at Moylough, Co. Sligo. Slicing through the soft peat, he unexpectedly hit something […]

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The Lost City of Clonmacnoise

Adrienne Corless Stopping off with my family on the car-journey between Dublin and Galway recently, I had an opportunity to visit the famous archaeological site of Clonmacnoise. Located right in the centre of the country, where a major east-west route-way met Ireland’s longest river, the north-south running River Shannon, the famous early medieval monastic settlement […]

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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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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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