Grand Designs: Historic Building Record Surveys

Before beginning, it should be made clear that Rubicon has not conducted market research to identify our target demographic, or polled 100 people in the street to gauge public opinion. However, it is probably true that if asked, most members of the public would say archaeology 1) requires digging things up and 2) involves sexy, […]

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Are you Smarter than a Ten Year Old?

Most of us are familiar with that all too often used cliché ‘thinking outside the box’. Well, in Rubicon’s pursuit of knowledge about the past let it not be said that we left any stone unturned or any avenue unexplored. To make sure of this, we decided to draw on that largely untapped and definitely […]

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Zooarchaeology Focus: With Age Comes Wisdom

One of the main purposes of this blog is to let people know what we at Rubicon do, and to explain the type of techniques we employ when looking at the past. Today the focus is on our zooarchaeological specialist Claudia Tommasino Suárez, and how she uses the age of an animal to help her […]

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Limerick’s 19th Century Pawn Stars!

You never quite know what to expect when you venture into an archaeological project. In 2002, we were commissioned to undertake an archaeological assessment at Barrington´s Hostel in the centre of Limerick city. Initially it was believed that the location had high potential for preserved medieval archaeology. However, after documentary research and the excavation of […]

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Painting the Past: A Graphic Reconstruction

It is mid-afternoon yet it is pitch dark. The humid air is thick with smoke, sweat and steam. You are surrounded by naked people, crammed inside a leather tent – people are singing and laughing in party mood. Is it Granny sitting next to you or your cute cousin? You can’t tell. Someone mutters about needing fresh air, followed […]

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