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Wood Quay: revealing the heart of Viking Dublin

Between 1974 and 1981, excavations in Dublin’s historic centre revealed a vast swathe of intact archaeology spanning most of the Viking-founded town’s Scandinavian occupation. Now the full findings have been published for the first time in a landmark new book. Carly Hilts takes a tour through the Viking streets. As Pat Wallace stood in the shadow of Dublin’s […]

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Between 1974 and 1981 a remarkable campaign of excavations in Dublin exposed a swathe of the Viking town. From an archaeological perspective the conditions were perfect, with waterlogged layers preserving the vestiges of hundreds of houses and thousands of artefacts. But this was also a race against the clock, with public demonstrations buying more time […]

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Blackfriary IAFS

Research and teaching excavations at the Black Friary, Trim, County Meath, Ireland, have been ongoing since 2010, The Dominican (Black) friars came to Trim at the invite of then Lord of Meath, Geoffrey de Geneville, who commissioned an enormous complex to be built. It was decorated using exotic imported materials including stone, and stained glass. […]

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‘Cromlech’ Roundhouse

In 2014 the Achill Archaeological Field School began work on an enigmatic monument on the slopes of Slievemore mountain, Achill Island. The monument, dubbed ‘Cromlech Tumulus’ by antiquarians, comprises an irregular mound with protruding orthostats. For over 175 years archaeologists have argued over what the site actually is. As the name suggests it was initially […]

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Caherconnell Archaeological Field School

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School (CAFS) was set up in 2010 with a vision for providing unforgettable archaeological experiences in the unique Burren region. In partnership with the National university of Ireland in Galway we aim to provide the very best archaeological education as well as a cultural element which sees students interact with the people […]

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Keem Bay Pre-Famine Rundale Village

Achill Archaeological Field School at Keem Bay, Keel West, Achill Island This exciting excavation will see Achill Archaeological Field School return to the site of a pre-Famine rundale village at the stunning Keem Bay on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. AAFS has been digging at the village since 2009, and the results so far have been fascinating. […]

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Worlds apart?

The Romans in Ireland Ireland has no known Roman forts, villas or planned towns, but a recent project designed to investigate Ireland during the first five centuries AD found plenty of evidence for interaction between Ireland and the Roman world, as Chris Catling now reports. History in Ireland traditionally begins with the arrival of St […]

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The early years of London seem both uncannily familiar and unimaginably distant. Today, no one would bat an eyelid at Tacitus’ description of a settlement heaving with ‘businessmen and commerce’. Accounts of reckless loans, eye-watering debt, and advice to maintain a stiff upper lip (or at least ‘not to appear shabby’) in the face of adversity reinforce a sense that some […]

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Isert Kelly Castle

The aim of the Isert Kelly Castle project is to explore the archaeological evidence for structural remains and occupation deposits at a late medieval Irish castle or tower house. The tower house at Isert Kelly is well preserved and the secondary buildings on the site, which may have included a free-standing hall, stables, cottages and […]

Achill Cromlech Students in 2015 excavating the interior of a large Middle Bronze Age building

Cromlech Tumulus, Slievemore

Achill Archaeological Field School This is our third season at the Cromlech Tumulus on Slievemore. So far we have discovered a large stone walled Middle Bronze Age building that is overlain by a series of small Medieval and post Medieval huts. The site is also connected to a nearby Megalithic tomb by a pre bog […]

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