Category Archives: Bronze Age Ireland

The Ballingowan Avenue: All in the Mind?

During the archaeological excavations which were undertaken by Rubicon Heritage Services in advance of the construction of the N22 Tralee Bypass, many fascinating sites were identified. By far the most enigmatic of these monuments was a possible ritual avenue that was uncovered … Continue reading

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Cooking a pig, Bronze Age style! Part 3 – Porky’s Revenge!

Leading on from Cooking a Pig Bronze Age Style Parts 1 and 2 we have stepped up a gear and moved onto pork. Our previous attempt (Part 2) had involved a quarter of a lamb which had been slightly over-cooked. … Continue reading

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Cooking a pig, Bronze Age Style! Part 2: A Photo Essay

Leading on from Cooking a pig, Bronze Age Style Part 1, which set out the theory of cooking a pit using Bronze Age technology, Rubicon’s intrepid MD Colm Moloney undertook Part 2 of the experiment; all that was needed was a … Continue reading

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Cooking a pig, Bronze Age style! Part 1

During our excavations on the route of the N9/N10 Carlow Bypass, we came across a Bronze Age settlement in the townland of Tinryland which dated to the middle Bronze Age. This contained the remains of a number of post-built roundhouses … Continue reading

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From Cradle to the Grave in Middle Bronze Age Co. Kildare

Sixteen metres is not exactly a long distance. It is probably equitable to an average 1980s bungalow, yet the residents of a house in Mullaghmast Co. Kildare, sometime around 1350 BC, appear to have been interred in a penannular ring-ditch … Continue reading

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Zooarchaeology Focus: Putting Flesh on the Bones of the Past

In the first of our Zooarchaeology Focus posts our faunal remains specialist Claudia Tommasino Suárez explored how analysing the age at which animals died can reveal much about how our ancestor’s utilised them. In this entry she examines how the … Continue reading

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Awl About Bead Covers: Bronze Age Gold from Co. Offaly

The majority of Irish people have relatives in England, most of whom left Ireland at some point in the twentieth century in an effort to find work. Most of us find ourselves travelling to big urban industrialised areas when we … Continue reading

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Painting the Past: A Graphic Reconstruction

It is mid-afternoon yet it is pitch dark. The humid air is thick with smoke, sweat and steam. You are surrounded by naked people, crammed inside a leather tent – people are singing and laughing in party mood. Is it Granny sitting next to … Continue reading

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If Carlsberg Did Archaeological Photographs…

The photo in our banner was taken by Brian MacDomhnaill, a keen photographer and our Survey Manager. The image was shortlisted for an award in the international journal Antiquity this year and has also appeared in numerous talks and publications, … Continue reading

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Casting the Bronze Age: A Prehistoric Spearhead Comes to Life

In February 2008, Rubicon Heritage Services made a very unusual discovery. While excavating a site at Mullamast, Co. Kildare in advance of construction on the N9/N10 road scheme, a strange metal object was unearthed from a shallow pit on one … Continue reading

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