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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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