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    Board of Sweden have recently released an Android app beta version which searches heritage data in your locality and presents it in your hand with locational information An Irish equivalent would be typing in ringfort to your mobile and being shown the locations of the ringforts in your vicinity and any information available on them Of course the GPS ability of your smartphone would also tell you how to navigate to them The next step on from this is the idea of augmented reality Augmented Reality from the Museum of London Augmented reality apps such as Layar overlay information from the web onto the real world through your phone s camera and screen Electric Archaeology has recently reported on two such apps one developed by the Museum of London and another Voyager XDrive These apps are both capable of overlaying historical and archaeological material onto real landscapes in real time creating incredible tools for re constructing and interpreting past landscapes in the present As yet app development is at a very early stage and their use for archaeology is rare although watch this space for a Seandalaiocht App to be launched very soon but with the opening up of mapping data in the UK and hopefully someday in Ireland along with open source repositories of information such as wikipedia there is scope for the development of new realities experienced through handheld devices that were only a sci fi fantasy twenty years ago UPDATE I came across this post the day after I published mine It showcases a soon to be released Italian iphone app that provides info on ticketing etc for museums in Italy Open Access Path to Irish Research 18 06 2010 People may be interested in this newly launched portal that provides a searchable database of open access i e free publications from various Irish institutions I ve already had a quick look and there are quite a few archaeology papers up already Archaeology and Grey Literature Curating the Treasure 16 06 2010 So what lies in store for the vast grey library Ireland has amassed during its recent splurge in archaeological spending This is potentially the most important issue facing Irish archaeology and to be fair has been discussed almost ad nauseum by the profession e g Archaeology 20 20 Review of Research Needs in Irish Archaeology RIA Report on Irish Archaeology There are a number of key problems which need to be overcome The first is immediate and involves preserving compiling and completing reports The next stage needs to be making these reports available Real accessibility needs to follow eventually and is the ultimate payback to a society which has already paid dearly for the generation of archaeological data The immediate risk from the recession and a lack of funds is the halting of post excavation work and report completion This has always been an issue but the recent collapse of multiple commercial companies compounds the issue In some cases the problem goes beyond a lack

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    I attended in London that attempted to bring together iron researchers across Europe Each country was asked to answer a number of specific research questions in a short two thousand word document and in a presentation These summaries are extremely useful snapshots of research in each country and really served to show areas where research was lacking in various countries including Ireland Anyway we had to resubmit them recently with any tweaks we wanted to make so I thought I d put mine up here for those interested It represents an extremely preliminary review of some of the evidence collected for my dissertation and I will almost certainly completely disagree with aspects of it in the next few months I d welcome comments or thoughts bearing in mind this is research in progress You can have a look at the slideshow that went with the talk here What A site about Irish archaeology conferences links opinions news information and the internet Seandalaiocht on Google Click here for events calendar Categories All Apps Archaeometallurgy Audio Bullauns Conference Design Events Experimental Fieldwork Grants Grey Literature Guest Post Internet Jobs Lithics Me News Other Photography Public Publication Sea Stallion Sites Smelt 2010 Tat

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    and often a waste of time a personal connection introduction is often essential Directors excavators are usually far more helpful and generous with their material if you can contact them and the NRA archaeologists are generally happy to let you have anything you need The personal approach has worked for me but I run into brick walls when I don t know anyone who I can contact directly and I imagine such an informal system is fairly useless for non native archaeologists What is needed is an online repository with a legal requirement to deposit and allow access This has been done on a limited scale by a few laudable organisations e g here here here here and here and by the ADS in the UK but while these are useful a more coherent system is needed Internet publication has to be the solution it has the benefits of being cheap accessible and searchable and by putting peoples work out there you create a natural pressure to maintain standards Of course the issue of standards may be caught up in problems with ownership At the end of the day who owns and therefore is responsible for the reports that make up the grey literature the developer The excavating director The company The author The state This isn t an issue of money no one will be making any profit from these reports It is more about responsibility and accountability Commercial archaeology has complicated things and the idea of individual directors being responsible for bringing sites to completion i e final reports ignores the responsibilities and resources of developers and archaeology companies The issue of responsibility is one I haven t got my head fully around hopefully it will be addressed in the forthcoming archaeology bill but I do feel strongly that grey literature particularly where funded by state developers like the NRA belongs to everyone and should be easily available to them Archaeology is a national cultural asset and the purpose of spending so much money on its excavation is to preserve it by record for the public what s the point if they never see the results This is part 2 of a series of 3 posts on Grey Literature and Archaeology Comité pour la Sidérurgie Ancienne 15 04 2010 I received an email from Janet Lang of the BM yesterday letting me know that the CPSA website has gone live The CPSA despite its grand title is basically a forum for people interested in iron to keep in contact across Europe and the world Its primary contribution in the past when it was kept going by Radomír Pleiner was a newsletter which gave news and abstracts of theses articles and books published on iron as well as numerous international conferences organised by members It has suffered from a bit of a pause in recent years but this promises to be a new beginning and I look forward to many updates on the new website Archaeology and Grey Literature

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    of Prof Seamus Caulfield who while retired continues to entertain and educate UCD students who visit the excellent Belderrig Study Centre every year A big part of every student s experience when they visit are Seamus s famous walks around the area unfit city slicker students chase after him up and down fields being told about landscapes archaeology and folklore before ending up in the local pub where he usually proceeds to beat everyone at pool Anyway to get to the point one of my favourite excursions is to Dun Briste at Downpatrick head to the east of Belderrig This is a spectacular sea stack which appears to have become detached from the mainland some time in the early medieval or medieval periods and still has archaeology remaining on it Seamus uses it as a brilliant illustration of the truth that can be found at the base of many stories preserved in local folklore to paraphrase Seamus the observation of folklore is often very accurate even if the explanation is not Anyway he often told us that he had been out on Dun Briste as part of a documentary for RTE a frightening experience by all accounts apparently the stack shakes with every wave that hits I d never expected to hear the documentary but have just found it in RTE s online archive Have a listen to it here its a fascinating account of a trip to a place that no one had set foot on for hundreds of years I particularly like the fact that they found a quern stone sitting on the wall of one of the buildings as if left there before the natural bridge to the mainland collapsed 2 Comments Spring Equinox at Loughcrew 19 03 2010 This weekend is equinox weekend at Loughcrew I went at the Autumn equinox last September and was blessed with a perfect clear sunrise and got lots some lovely photos I won t be heading myself but good luck to you if you do Click Read More for further details about admission Oh and be aware that it is NOT possible to get a fry up at the Loughcrew Gardens Cafe only a fairly expensive omellette toast cereal I was very dissappointed UPDATE There s an Irish Times article about the equinox at Loughcrew here Read More Smelt 2010 Video Preview 19 03 2010 As promised here is some video from Smelt 2010 During the project I tried to capture as much as possible using time lapse photography to give a sense of the activity and number of people involved in a smelt The video above shows the painstaking building of the furnace chimney which was built up of sausages of pre mixed clay The clay was mixed using equal parts horse dung potters clay and sharp sand The mix worked very well and we ended up with no cracks at all in the furnace You can see the hardy volunteers in the background kneeding the sausages of clay

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    the Irish National Heritage Park in Co Wexford the schedule will hopefully run as follows Friday 5th I ll be there prepping and setting up the smelting area and probably starting construction of the furnace Saturday 6th Completion of furnace and pre firing with wood Ore preparation and roasting Sunday 7th The smelt volunteers needed Monday 8th Clean up All are welcome to come but if you can t make it I will be putting up videos and images from the smelt on the project s website 3 Comments When on Google Earth 81 19 02 2010 4 Comments Ok so I correctly identified WOGE 80 over at the Moore Group blog so I get to pick the next site The idea is you have to identify the site in the picture below and its major period of occupation If you know it post a comment and then you get to host WOGE 82 You can follow the game on facebook The When on Google Earth Rules Q What is When on Google Earth A It s a game for archaeologists or anybody else willing to have a go Q How do you play it A Simple you try to identify the site in the picture Q Who wins A The first person to correctly identify the site including its major period of occupation wins the game Q What does the winner get A The winner gets bragging rights and the chance to host the next When on Google Earth on his her own blog Be the first to correctly identify the site below and its major period of occupation in the comments below and you can host your own 4 Comments A Little Bit of Change 15 02 2010 After a little thinking I have decided to seperate off my C V and publications to my personal site I think this makes more sense as the casual visitor to the Seandalaiocht site generally has no interest in my employment history It ll also give me a bit of space and now it s done some time to fix up the links video and image sections If all those head hunters out there are looking for more info on me I d prefer its all on one clean site free of rants and ramblings This may mean some broken links to files and pages on Seandalaiocht in the short term but I ll fix them as I find em Help Build a Neolithic Newgrange Currach 10 02 2010 Readers may be interested in a brilliant opportunity to get involved in a project reconstructing a large currach based on the Boyne type currachs used up until the twentieth century This summer the project will be experimenting with methods of transporting stone based on theoretical ideas about how stone was transported from various places on the east coast of Ireland to Newgrange and there are further plans for next year The film company Crossing the Line Films is involved on the project

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    to enthusiast sites such as Megalithomania and Mythical Ireland to give the people what they want including detailed maps of sites basic information sometimes not as accurate or up to date as it could be but where are the professionals providing info videos photos and lots of other content Hopefully I m not coming over too preachy and I am aware that this site and its subdomains smelt seandalaiocht com and charcoal seandalaiocht com are by no means perfect but they do show some of what is possible with no programming knowledge practically no money and a bit of time Future plans for the site include a database of Irish iron sites based on my PhD research an interactive map of the same and more articles presentations videos and photos There is nothing stopping any other archaeologist starting a site and sharing a little of what they know and are interested in with the public who ultimately pay their wages or more likely these days their dole The move to better websites in Irish archaeology is already noticeable with the trend for almost every INSTAR project to have a website for a list see here and the recently updated Discovery Programme pages However we can do more Sites like Scribd and Issuu make it free to publish online Google and Bing s mapping services offer the potential to create accessible geospatial data at no cost and Youtube and Vimeo do the same for the distribution of video and audio Lectures and books are not the only way to tell people about archaeology We don t need to make it more interesting we all know its already fascinating but it would do no harm to make it all a little bit easier for the man on the street Call it benevolent self interest the more people get interested in archaeology and value it the more chance they ll be happy to fund it 2 Comments Viking House on the Northside of the Liffey 27 01 2010 1 Comment Dublin type house reconstruction Photo David Hawgood I found out about a newly discovered Viking house located behind the Four Courts in Dublin Hammond Lane Church Street at the weekend through a friend working on the site but it has now trickled through to the national news It was featured on Morning Ireland yesterday morning through a five minute interview with Margaret Gowen complete with obligatory northside southside comment at the end You can listen to it on their podcast of the whole programme or just the interview below As a bonus you can also see the report broadcast on the six one news by clicking here or watch the whole programme on the RTE Player skip to about 37 minutes in for the juicy bit Also an Irish Times article here View Viking House in a larger map 1 Comment AYIA Deadline Extended 21 01 2010 The deadline for proposals for both papers and posters to be presented at the AYIA annual

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    2009 Last year myself Emmett O Keeffe and Terry O Hagan launched and organised an international inter disciplinary conference focused on theoretical approaches to material culture TAT 2009 Following on from the conference a number of delegates expressed an interest in continuing the conference in a different venue in 2010 A competition was run and the University of Michigan proposal was successful An international committee has been set up alongside the local committee and I was delighted to receive the CFP click the read more link to see it for TAT 2010 last week Read More Upcoming Events in Irish Archaeology 2010 11 12 2009 1 Comment Hopefully a few of the blog s readers have noticed the little events section on this site This contains a calendar also above of archaeology lectures conferences and other events that I keep regularly updated It can be perused online integrated into your own google calendar by clicking on the plus symbol at the bottom of the calendar above subscribed to as an XML feed or imported into many calendar applications using ICAL 2009 was a busy year particularly November when there were multiple lectures on every week and a number of conferences too The 2010 calendar is looking fairly bare in comparison so far although some upcoming high lights that I will be attending include the EMASS conference in UCD and the AYIA conference in UCC Unfortunately while I get news about most archaeology related stuff straight to my inbox quite a few still slip through or I hear about them very late So with that in mind I would love to hear from anyone who is organising an event for 2010 and is looking to advertise the fact 1 Comment Tree Felling with a Bronze Axe 09 12 2009 Earlier this week myself and Niall Kenny headed out to cut down some oak trees in preparation for an upcoming experiment Niall is organising to re create a traditional charcoal making pit We chopped down one of the trees with a replica bronze axe to see how long it would take to fell compared with the modern iron axes we had we took 11 minutes with the bronze axe and only 4 minutes on a similarly sized oak with the modern iron axe Presumably the difference wouldn t have been quite as acute in the past considering variations in metal alloys and of course in the skill of the axe wielders Why you ask In these days of climate change flooding and general mayhem as if there has ever been a time when those things haven t been happening Well its all part of Niall s research into early Irish charcoal production which nicely compliments my own work into early Irish ironworking Hopefully we will be able to use the traditionally produced oak charcoal to fuel the furnace for SMELT 2010 which will take place in March UCD Increasing PhD Fees Sign the Petition 07 12 2009 UCD has somewhat scandalously revised

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    has recently produced a DVD containing every volume of the society s journal from 1891 2007 A huge and incredibly useful resource for archaeologists historians and many others The DVD was launched by Cllr Tom Purcell last Tuesday and is available for purchase from the society s website Archnews 4 12th Oct 15th Nov 2009 20 11 2009 I ve been away in New Zealand taking a break from all that is Archaeology so Archnews has slipped a bit Considering that this is likely to happen quite frequently I have decided to make it a roughly monthly post making it more of a trip down memory lane than a rolling review of Archaeology in the news Hopefully this will alow me to find the time in the last year of my PhD to keep on posting Photo stevestein1982 via flickr How modern man became a wuss Priceless dignity rather than building frenzy If I told you I d have to shoot you Classicist who blogs in the limelight Our forebears knew their trees from their woods An Bord Pleanála gives permission for Lusk dump New and ancient worlds united in daring facelift for museum Donegal brain surgeon at work in AD 800 burial site reveals Archaeological importance of Cairn s Hill stops development Historical journal Pyramid s makeover a UN heritage disaster Remains of 1 000 people recovered at medieval site Riddle of 200 year old Irish grave in New York Beirut s history can t be reduced to a heritage trail New archaeology resources to be launched Time team first side to line out at centre of excellence Requires login Very dark caves put spotlight on history Requires login Return the Elgin Marbles 20 11 2009 Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis Last night the Director of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis presented a lecture entitled Collections present and absent at the New Acropolis Museum Athens in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum on Kildare Street The talk itself detailed the building of the museum and explained some of the choices that had to be made and decisions that were taken in its design and construction However while the lecture was ostensibly about the Museum itself there was an undercurrent throughout about the absent artefacts mentioned in the title Dr Pat Wallace Director of the National Museum of Ireland flagged this from the start somewhat enigmatically assuring Prof Pandermalis that while he was constrained by politics when talking about the controversial issue of repatriation of the Elgin Marbles the Professor could be certain that he was among friends Read more about the lecture on my Heritage Key blog here AYIA Conference Cork 2010 18 11 2009 The CFP for the annual AYIA conference 2010 has just been announced by the organisers in Cork My first conference presentation was at the AYIA conference in 2004 and I was one of the organisers of the 2007 conference as well as an editor of the proceedings Its highly recomended for

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