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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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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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Irish Georgian Society

Based in Dublin, the society aims to encourage an interest in and  promote the preservation of Ireland’s architectural heritage and  decorative arts. Since the society’s foundation in 1958, it has saved many fine houses from destruction and amassed a membership base across the UK and USA. The group was originally formed  in response to demolition […]

Navan Research Group

The Navan Research Group (NRG) was formed in the spring of 1986, when quarrying threatened to destroy the archaeological remains of Navan Fort (Emain Macha), Ulster’s ancient capital. The campaign that focussed attention on the imminent threat to the site aroused massive public interest at the time. The various members of the NRG, drawn from […]

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Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group

The Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group seeks to promote, amongst academics and the general public, a greater understanding of Ireland’s post-1550AD archaeology, history and material culture. It also seeks to promote a holistic approach to this material by means of greater co-operation with persons working in related fields of study. IPMAG was formed in Belfast in […]

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