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English ships engage the Armada, 1588 (Wikipedia)

In Search of Soldiers & Sailors from the Spanish Armada

We recently announced that we are going to be teaming up with the San Marcos Project in Co. Clare to carry out a geophysical survey at the potential site of a massgrave associated with the Spanish Armada. The work has now been confirmed for the 30th and 31st of July, with a community engagement aspect […]

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Rubicon's Damian Shiels discussing the 1504 Battle of Knockdoe at the Aughrim Military History Summer School

Aughrim Military History Summer School

Rubicon had the opportunity at the weekend to participate in the Aughrim Military History Summer School, based at the famous 1691 battlefield in Co. Galway. There were an excellent series of talks by a number of leading 17th century academics combined with extremely impressive Living History displays by Claíomh who portrayed an Irish Gallowglass and early 16th […]

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Fulachts and Flintlocks: A Pistol from Whitestown, Co. Waterford

Although by its very nature archaeology is about discovery, it is fair to say that on many excavations archaeologists know what they can expect to find. Take for example Irish burnt mounds, often called ‘Fulachta Fiadh’. These are the most common site type in Ireland, and usually consist of a mound of heat affected stones […]

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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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