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Sod-turning at DIT Grangegorman for new Central and East Quads

Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd would like to congratulate both the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA)on the launch of the Central and East Quads at DIT Grangegorman Campus. This launch reflects the hard work undertaken by both organisations to promote the on-going development of a centralised DIT campus at Grangegorman. […]

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Biting the Bullet: The Archaeology of ‘Musketballs’

The ‘musketball’ was for many decades one of the most neglected of archaeological finds. They often went virtually unanalysed, tucked away at the back of a finds report and warranting only a fleeting mention. However, the growth of battlefield and conflict archaeology has led to a wave of new research that is rapidly changing our […]

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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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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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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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