Ireland

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Climate change in Bronze Age Ireland

It is well known that the Industrial revolution led to a staggering shift in the global nitrogen cycle – a key process that supports life by circulating nutrients between the land, atmosphere, and oceans – but human-linked impacts on the environment in earlier periods of history are far less well understood. A paper recently published by an international team of researchers led by the University of British Columbia and the Institute of Technology, Sligo, is set to change that, however, showing that humans may have had a significant impact on the nitrogen cycle in Ireland during the Bronze Age.

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Review – Humble Works for Humble People: a history of the fishery piers of County Galway and North Clare, 1800-1922

Humble Works for Humble People is a study of the structures associated with Galway and North Clare’s fishing industry: from ‘artisanal’ piers and slips to larger, more sophisticated ship and boat quays – built in large numbers from the early 19th century. It details the effects of wider, as well as more local, historical events on fishing and traditional occupations in the west of Ireland.

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Caraun Point Multi-period Archaeological Complex

The Achill Archaeological Field School 2019 programme will focus on the multi-period archaeological complex at Caraun point on the northern coast of Achill island.  Caraun Point is well known for its rich archaeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure and remains of a cashel, several shell middens, dog whelk mounds and an early modern village […]

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Threading through Cork’s Viking past

In the course of excavations on the site of the former Beamish and Crawford Brewery in Cork City, Ireland, earlier this year, a perfectly preserved Viking weaver’s sword was discovered. It was a striking find, as it cements the idea that medieval Cork had a Viking presence. As Dr Maurice Hurley, a consultant archaeology, said, […]

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Review – Irish Stone Bridges: History and Heritage

Peter O’Keeffe and Tom Simington, revised by Rob Goodbody Irish Academic Press, £35.00 ISBN 978-1911024149 Review Deirdre Forde This is the much anticipated revised edition of O’Keeffe and Simington’s comprehensive work covering the history of stone bridges between AD 1000 and 1830. It continues to stand out as the exemplary guide to these important features of […]

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Review – William Marshal and Ireland

Edited by John Bradley, Cóilín Ó Drisceoil and Michael Potterton Four Courts, £45.00 ISBN 978-1846822186 Review Stephen Harrison This collection of ten essays is the product of a conference held to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the foundation charter of Kilkenny, Ireland. However, only two papers focus on the city and its monuments – the […]

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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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