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The Big Dig at Caherduggan Castle: Week 3

Our third week in Caherduggan was spent excavating sections across a large ditch or moat which surrounded the tower described in last weeks post. We could see this once we removed the topsoil as a dark line of soil which stretched across the site. We started digging out this darker soil or ‘fill’ and immediately […]

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The Legion of the Damned…

There are a number of us at Rubicon who, as the years have progressed, have found to our horror that we have become ‘desk bound’. We had once soldiered in the trenches as young, fit and healthy field archaeologists, but nowadays we find ourselves listening to the clack of tapping keyboards and ping of email […]

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Cleansing Body and Soul at Dunbrody Abbey, Co. Wexford

Dunbrody Abbey is situated approximately 12 kilometres south of New Ross, Co. Wexford and is one of the most picturesque of Irish religious houses. This Cistercian abbey was founded by Hervey de Montmorency in the closing decades of the twelfth century. Although the Cistercians were present in Ireland from the 1140s, there was a fresh […]

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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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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 BarringtonĀ“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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