Category Archives: Post Medieval Archaeology

The Hackness Gun Battery in Orkney: Napoleon, Pirates, Sir Walter Scott and Fenians!

Some of the staff at Rubicon have a particular interest in conflict archaeology sites, which often provide us with an intriguing insight into how people and communities lived and dealt with conflict in the past. Here Rubicon Managing Director Colm … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of Caherduggan Castle, 15th April 1644

As the excavation at Caherduggan Castle winds down we are now concentrating on post-excavation works and trying to find out more about the people who occupied the site. With that in mind we have begun to explore the history of … Continue reading

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Biting the Bullet: The Archaeology of ‘Musketballs’

The ‘musketball’ was for many decades one of the most neglected of archaeological finds. They often went virtually unanalysed, tucked away at the back of a finds report and warranting only a fleeting mention. However, the growth of battlefield and … Continue reading

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The Big Dig at Caherduggan Castle: Week 3

Our third week in Caherduggan was spent excavating sections across a large ditch or moat which surrounded the tower described in last weeks post. We could see this once we removed the topsoil as a dark line of soil which … Continue reading

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Fulachts and Flintlocks: A Pistol from Whitestown, Co. Waterford

Although by its very nature archaeology is about discovery, it is fair to say that on many excavations archaeologists know what they can expect to find. Take for example Irish burnt mounds, often called ‘Fulachta Fiadh’. These are the most … Continue reading

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Grand Designs: Historic Building Record Surveys

Before beginning, it should be made clear that Rubicon has not conducted market research to identify our target demographic, or polled 100 people in the street to gauge public opinion. However, it is probably true that if asked, most members … Continue reading

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Limerick’s 19th Century Pawn Stars!

You never quite know what to expect when you venture into an archaeological project. In 2002, we were commissioned to undertake an archaeological assessment at Barrington’s Hostel in the centre of Limerick city. Initially it was believed that the location … Continue reading

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