Category Archives: National Roads Authority

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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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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Lost and Found: The Rediscovery of a Deserted Medieval Village

Sometimes archaeology fleshes out history allowing us to touch, feel and interact with historic objects and features. But sometimes the relationship goes the other way, with history allowing us to associate people and events with historic objects and features. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Caught in a Trap: Why Deer needed Suspicious Minds in Early Medieval Ireland

Ok. This is an archaeology blog, not a musical appreciation site. Why, I hear you ask, would we feel it necessary to make reference to one of the King’s best known tracks in the title? Well, as we all know … 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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