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‘Colonising a Royal Landscape’ is officially launched!

December 2018 saw the publication of another massive Rubicon project which was excavated during the road building programme in Ireland during the noughties. The Mullaghmast project was part of the M9 motorway project which connected Waterford and Dublin. Rubicon undertook the excavations on the section from just south of Carlow town to Kilcullen in County […]

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Lost and Found: The Rediscovery of a Deserted Medieval Village

Sometimes archaeology fleshes out history allowing us to touch, feel and interact with historic objects and features. But sometimes the relationship goes the other way, with history allowing us to associate people and events with historic objects and features. Sometimes history allows us to identify important archaeological sites and sometimes, following the discovery of a […]

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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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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 Su├írez, and how she uses the age of an animal to help her […]

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Meeting Our Medieval Ancestors from Ardreigh, Co. Kildare

Rubicon’s osteoarchaeology team have recently completed analysis of a large assemblage of human remains from Ardreigh, Co. Kildare. They were excavated by Kildare County Council archaeologists at the site of a large medieval cemetery near the town of Athy. The Council commissioned Rubicon’s specialists to examine the skeletons following excavation, to see what information could […]

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