Category Archives: Rubicon Heritage

To Draw or Not To Draw? Finds Illustration in a Digital Age

One of the most important roles of any archaeologist is to communicate their findings to others, be they fellow archaeologists or members of the public. The strongest and most direct method of imparting information is by visual means, be it … Continue reading

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Under the Covers with Rubicon Archaeologists!

This week we were delighted to welcome News Talk’s (106-108 FM) Henry McKean of Under the Covers fame to one of our on-going excavations in Galway. Henry was on site to get a clearer understanding of what exactly archaeologists do … Continue reading

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Headstart at Rubicon: Student Work Placement in Archaeology

As part of our outreach policy at Rubicon Heritage Services we agree each year to accept a number of transition year students for work placement in our offices. They generally spend between 1-2 weeks with us, learning about both archaeological … 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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A Profession in Ruins- A Phoenix from the Ashes?

During the economic boom Ireland became a mecca for archaeologists. There was full employment, great career prospects, fantastic archaeology and reasonable salaries. This was largely fueled by a combination of massive infrastructure developments requiring hundreds of archaeologists to clear the … Continue reading

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Cleansing Body and Soul at Dunbrody Abbey, Co. Wexford

Dunbrody Abbey is situated approximately 12 kilometres south of New Ross, Co. Wexford and is one of the most picturesque of Irish religious houses. This Cistercian abbey was founded by Hervey de Montmorency in the closing decades of the twelfth … 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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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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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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