Tag Archives: Archaeologists Ireland

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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The Legion of the Damned…

There are a number of us at Rubicon who, as the years have progressed, have found to our horror that we have become ‘desk bound’. We had once soldiered in the trenches as young, fit and healthy field archaeologists, but … Continue reading

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Catching Cupid’s Disease

Late last week our osteoarchaeologist Carmelita Troy made a gruesome discovery amongst an otherwise unremarkable post medieval skeletal assemblage. One of the individuals displayed signs on her remains that she had been suffering from the advanced stages of a serious infectious disease, an ailment which had a particularly … Continue reading

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Happy Imbolg! A Mysterious Festival in the Celtic Calendar

Imbolg falls on the first week of February. The Celtic calendar had two principal festivals, Samhain in November and Bealtaine in May. Separating these two main festivals were two lesser celebrations, Imbolg (in February) and Lugnasad (in August). Of all … Continue reading

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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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