Monday night saw the official launch of Cois tSiúire: 9000 years of human settlement in the Lower Suir Valley, the 8thScheme Monograph to be published by the National Roads Authority (NRA).
The joint BBC/RTE production Story of Ireland presented by Fergal Keane has been nominated for an Irish Film and Television Academy award in the ‘Factual Programme’ Category.
As the excavation at Caherduggan Castle winds down we are now concentrating on post-excavation works and trying to find out more about the people who occupied the site.
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 view of these little objects, and what they can tell us about momentous events in the past.
Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd, Ireland´s premier archaeological consultancy is delighted to announce a fresh start as it is now under new ownership.
Some months ago we brought you the intrepid adventures of some of our office-based archaeologists, who struggled with the reality of suddenly being thrust back into the field for excavation duties.
We are delighted to announce that as a result of a management buy-out Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd is no longer part of Headland Group. In the future we will be known as Rubicon Heritage Services.
Yesterday we brought you news of a leather belt that emerged from the excavation of a well at Caherduggan Castle. As the day wore on this phenomenal feature continued to give up its secrets, producing another find of extraordinary quality. It was so good we decided to break our ‘Find of the Week’ policy and bring you another object which provides us with a glimpse of life in medieval Ireland. Yesterday afternoon was the first time it was touched by human hands in hundreds of years, and we just couldn’t let the week pass without giving you an opportunity to see it!
During the excavation process we identified a big dark area behind the moat. Through careful excavation we realized this originally served as a well and was excavated down below the water table.
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.
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