Ireland

Ireland

Irish-houses-and-castles

Review – Irish Houses and Castles, 1400-1740

Rolf Loeber was a scholar of rare distinction. A distinguished psychologist and criminologist, he also had an active research interest in medieval and early modern cultural history, architecture, and literature. His death in 2017 deprived Irish scholarship of one its greatest stars. This attractive volume is a compilation of previously published work, most of it either out of print or difficult to locate today.

Navan-structure086

Insights into Iron Age mobility at Navan Fort

New research examining animal bones from Navan Fort in County Armagh (led by Dr Richard Madgwick at Cardiff University) has demonstrated that Iron Age people were travelling significant distances with their livestock to visit this ceremonial centre.

The-Prehistory-of-Britain-and-Ireland

Review – The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland

This is a thoroughly revised, weighty second edition, and can be regarded as a companion piece to Richard Bradley’s recently co-authored and more broadly focused The Later Prehistory of North-west Europe (2015). This book concentrates on those few islands on the western fringes, blinking in and out of Europe, and proceeds to examine their history closely.

newgrange-new-enclosure

Successful surveying at Brú na Bóinne

The most recent season of surveying at Brú na Bóinne in County Meath, Ireland, has proven very successful, identifying 40 previously unrecorded structures (one is pictured below) and demonstrating just how prominent this landscape was throughout prehistory and into the medieval period. Since 2014, Dr Steve Davis from the UCD School of Archaeology has been […]

AR082_Print10-01

Science Notes – Calculating historical population fluctuations in Ireland

Previously, large-scale changes in population were quite difficult, if not impossible, to discern from the archaeological record. But while there are still many biases and pitfalls, new statistical techniques are starting to provide innovative ways to determine movement and migration patterns. In this month’s ‘Science Notes’, we explore some of these new techniques, and examine recent research that has utilised them to assess population fluctuations in Ireland.

Muckanagh

New insights into Irish bog butter

A study recently published in Scientific Reports, examining examples from across Ireland of what is known as bog butter – waxy deposits found in the peat bogs of Ireland and Scotland (see CA 226) – has demonstrated that this was an unusually long-lived practice, spanning from the Early Bronze Age through to the post-medieval period.

Armoy-feet-with-leprosy

Investigating leprosy in Ireland

New research into the origins of leprosy in Ireland has revealed connections with the Viking world. A team from Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Surrey, the University of Southampton, and the University of East Anglia analysed five skeletons: three from Dublin (SkCXLVIII, SkCXCV, SkCCXXX), one from Armoy, Co. Antrim (Sk171), and the last from Ardreigh, Co. Kildare (Sk1494). All five presented with lesions consistent with leprosy, but to confirm the diagnosis the team conducted aDNA analysis of the remains.

1 2 3