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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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The Big Dig at Caherduggan Castle: Find of the Week #2

The castle that once stood on our site was demolished around the middle of the 19th century. When this big stone tower was knocked down we believe that most of the shaped or carved stone was taken away to be re-used … Continue reading

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The Big Dig at Caherduggan Castle: Week 2

Our second week in Caherduggan was spent cleaning and recording a number of very large foundations which we believe are part of a castle or tower house that stood on the site during the medieval period around 500 years ago. … Continue reading

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The Big Dig at Caherduggan Castle: Find of the Week #1

One of the many great things about digging a moat is that the lower levels tend to be waterlogged. When soil is waterlogged it allows materials such as wood and leather to be preserved because there is very little air … Continue reading

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The Big Dig at Caherduggan Castle: Cracking Castle and Mega Moat

The following blog is the first in a series we are preparing on our excavations of the Castle and Moat at Caherduggan near Doneraile in County Cork. These are being prepared at the request of Cork County Council  (our client) … 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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Digging Through the Downturn

The current issue of Archaeology Ireland carries an article by Christine Baker entitled ‘Digging Through the Downturn’, which offers suggestions and solicits opinions on the future of archaeology in Ireland in the current economic climate. Aside from her own contribution, … 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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B(l)og Butter in Galway!

Peat bogs have long been recognised as a source of unusual and remarkably well preserved ancient remains – these include famous Bog Bodies like Ireland’s own Clonycavan Man – who can be viewed in the National Museum along with three other Irish examples. Most of … Continue reading

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