Caught in a Trap: Why Deer needed Suspicious Minds in Early Medieval Ireland

Ok. This is an archaeology blog, not a musical appreciation site. Why, I hear you ask, would we feel it necessary to make reference to one of the King’s best known tracks in the title? Well, as we all know Elvis Presley was one of the greatest musicians of all time, and Suspicious Minds is […]

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Recording Castle Life: A Case Study in Studio Photography

In 2005, we began a four-season investigation of the tower house at Castledonovan, Drimoleague, Co. Cork. The work was carried out for the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on behalf of the Office of Public Works (OPW). ┬áDuring the course of excavations we uncovered a large and varied assemblage of artefacts, the […]

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Ireland’s Forgotten Great War Archaeology

In the second of our Remembrance Day posts, we explore the archaeological reminders of World War One that can still be seen around the Irish landscape today. The sites associated with 20th century conflict in Ireland are a forgotten archaeology, being amongst the least studied and least protected aspects of the island’s heritage. Three Divisions […]

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Grandad, What did you do in The Great War?

Tomorrow is November 11th, Remembrance Day. It is now 92 years since the guns fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, bringing to an end the unimaginable slaughter of World War One. The impact of the Great War was keenly felt in Ireland, both through the service […]

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The Celtic Origins of Halloween

It is quite remarkable just how much influence the past has on our modern lives. When you scratch the surface of modern society the past often comes bursting through, a fact that some people can find quite disturbing. Nowhere is this more recognisable than our modern celebration of Halloween, when children (and some adults!) dress […]

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