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  • In the begining there was.. - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    anyone trying to find me on the web I ll post work related news and the occasional personal story and or rant Comments Comments are closed 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

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  • Archaeology and Grey Literature: Curating the Treasure - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    for anyone to access unpublished reports In theory this is possible already as the DoEHLG holds all reports from licensed excavations but this requires travel to Dublin at restricted times knowing exactly what you want in advance and dealing in paper copies Nonetheless this centralisation of reports negates some of the problems of scattered reports our neighbours across the water need to deal with There have been plenty of rumors in recent years that the DoEHLG has reports digitised and ready to go Whatever issues are holding things back they need to be sorted and the reports urgently put online preferably linked in to the exisiting geospatial database In reality the grey literature will probably trickle out through a variety of web outlets such as those referred to in the first post in this series but this will inevitably make availability difficult and patchy Making the material truly accessible or in other words digestable by people other than hardcore archaeologists is perhaps the most difficult expensive and time consuming difficulty when dealing with grey literature It does not mean dumbing down the reality is most grey literature is barely readable to research archaeologists and requires a lot of work before anyone in their right mind would call it interesting or valuable Important steps have already been taken in this respect primarily through INSTAR funded projects For a list of INSTAR project websites have a look here The project I am most familiar with is the Early Medieval Archaeology Project in UCD EMAP has succeeded with limited resources in assessing the scale of the grey literature problem in Irish early medieval archaeology and taken that process one step further by actually beginning to make it accessible through its recent settlement and dwellings report Future plans include online interactivity with the project

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  • Archaeology and Grey Literature: Finding the Treasure - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    contacting individual companies can be tedious 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

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  • Archaeology and Grey Literature: A Hidden Treasure? - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    a recent Nature Article by Matt Ford Download a pdf here Many of the issues raised ring true in Ireland as well and probably most countries where archaeology has become an integral part of the planning and development process Since the early nineties in Ireland there has been a requirement to totally excavate archaeological sites prior to development This led to the creation exponential expansion and subsequent implosion of an Irish commercial sector This sector has created a huge amount of data in various form feature and context sheets in the worst cases and completed final excavation reports with specialist analysis in the best So is it a hidden treasure I think it definitely is if a little too well hidden My PhD research is based on a database of excavations with evidence of iron smelting or working and the vast majority of these have been excavated commercially in the last twenty years This type of synthesising PhD is becoming very common in Ireland and in combination with the INSTAR projects listed here promise to transform our understanding of the Irish past However the picture isn t entirely golden The quality of reports is often good but in many many cases final reports just don t exist they haven t been completed years after excavation has finished This kind of thing is exasperated by archaeologists moving on from companies and even from the profession Standards are not enforced and while I have a generally good impression from many of the reports I ve sifted through these are likely to be the best of the best because they have come from people or companies willing to share Its the reports I can t get my hands on that I worry about I think in the next few years the biggest worry

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  • Seandalaiocht - Irish For Archaeology - Blog - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    can still be saved and make it widely available as soon as possible Grey literature represents a gigantic investment by the state and for a very small further investment it can be transformed into a resource that could through participation engagement and dialogue with the public transform the way we as a society view our past and ourselves This is the final part of a series of 3 posts on Grey Literature and Archaeology Archaeology and Grey Literature Finding the Treasure 16 4 2010 X marks the spot So we ve established that Grey literature when it has avoided becoming ghost literature is indeed a treasure worth finding but that begs the question how do you get your hands on it and importantly who owns it I imagine that the issue of access is different in every country do let me know in the comments but in Ireland the way you get your hands on juicy grey reports is largely informal We have the advantage of a tiny population and an even more miniscule group of archaeologists with very few degrees of seperation A fair number of the reports I have managed to get my hands on for my research have been given to me by generous friends willing to let me raid their hard drives or put me in touch with someone else who would However I ve found going the official route and contacting individual companies can be tedious 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

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  • Previous Posts - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    are set to change and I plan on posting much more frequently starting with this report on a conference I spoke at recently in the Louth County Museum The conference was called Reach the Future through the Past you can see a previous post about it here and aimed to look at some of the ways in which heritage can engage with new technologies I was invited to speak about my experiences with Seandalaiocht com and share my thoughts on archaeology and the internet in Ireland You can see my presentation above created using an online powerpoint alternative called Prezi The presentation is fairly self explanatory and incorporated many of the ideas I talked about in a previous blog post called Web 2 0 and Archaeology so I won t re hash them here Instead I ll give a quick run through of some of the other speakers on the day The second presentation of the day after my good self was given by Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon the company behind the Oscar nominated animated film The Secret of Kells I must say I was blown away by how they had used Irish heritage mainly from the early medieval period but also from the Iron Age and earlier as inspiration for a style of animation that is truely unique and owes nothing to Disney or Dreamworks I ve since bought the DVD and been even more impressed by their use of Irish history in an original unpatronising way that doesn t resort to cliché Next up was Ciaran McGuinness from Archer Heritage and Graham O Rourke from Mor Solutions follow him on Twitter morsolutions They talked about a new mobile app they are developing with Louth County Museum which will provide audio video and textual information on heritage sites in the county as well as detailed information about how to get to each site The app looks very impressive and as a way for a heritage company to diversify its business it makes a huge amount of sense I ve written about the potential for mobile apps and archaeology before and I think they will become much more common in coming years The afternoon session had a talk from Susan Cahill from Newstalk who talked about Talking History the popular history archaeology focussed radio talk show Susan had some very interesting comments to make about identifying the audience demographic for heritage and tips on how to make content interesting for a popular audience while drawing in those with more specialist passions Some of what she said certainly gave me food for thought in terms of the content that I ll be putting on Seandalaiocht in the future The next presenter Mark Hawkes Green talked about the setting up and running of an Art College in the Burren while Yanky Faschler talked about the potential for using heritage in the future drawing parallels with the development of Jewish cultural identity in Israel Finally Niall Roycroft talked about the Archaeological Scene

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  • All Categories - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    and a number of gawdy lights attached directly to the walls of the Nave and chancel The site continues to this day as a place of pilgrimage with offerings still being left at St Gobnet s Grave and House A new tradition of rubbing crude cross shapes into stones on the site could be seen as vandalism but i prefer to look at it as a sign of a living site still important to the community and not just a handful of archaeologists It also serves as a reminder that traditions of practice at ancient religious sites need not always reach back into the distant past despite what we may like to imagine References Henry F 1952 The decorated stones at Ballyvourney Co Cork Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society 57 41 42 O Kelly M J 1952 St Gobnet s House Ballyvourney Co Cork Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society 57 18 40 Harris D C 1938 Saint Gobnet Abbess of Ballyvourney Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 8 272 77 And the Runner Up is 10 11 2010 The Animation on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player I was at the UCD Images of Research awards last night and was lucky enough to come away with two runner up prizes I m chuffed to even get a mention considering the quality of the entries you can check out all my entries here I ve used one of my runner up pics as the new blog header I will be adding new headers over time as the mood takes me and the other winner can be found in the gallery above Its called Igniting the gases There are a couple of other archaeology related images in the exhibition including a few rare photos of glass beads from the Bronze Age hillfort at Rathgall Co Wicklow Cosy but Cramped 10 11 2010 The new design for Seandalaiocht is now officially live I ll be honest the re design is largely superficial much like the last one I thought the blog would work better with a little more space hence the title of the post and who doesn t like having a nice picture to look at when they visit I haven t changed much from that read any of the content but that will follow in due course Patience my friends I do have plans for the site that are more than cosmetic but they will take time a commodity I rarely have at the moment However just to give me a kick up the arse I thought I would list all the things I d like to get done in the next six months You can then look forward to a post six months from now when I provide my abject apologies for achieving practically none of these goals Re organise expand and make useful the links section Do the same with the video section Oh and the

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