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  • "We seem to have mislaid some High Crosses..." - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    to have mislaid some High Crosses 27 01 2011 The National Museum of Ireland is looking for help to track down sister replicas of the life size casts of Irish High Crosses currently on display in Collin s Barracks Dublin The plaster casts were created a century ago and shipped off around the world to showcase Irish culture and heritage The Museum has launched a Facebook campaign to locate the current whereabouts of the crosses starting with a copy of the Monasterboice High Cross sent to Sydney in 1904 Get in touch with the Museum through Facebook or Twitter if you can help them find any of the missing crosses UPDATE More info is now up on the Museum website 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 Photography Public Publication Sea Stallion Sites Smelt 2010 Tat Television Video Archives September 2013 April 2013 November 2012 July 2012 May 2012 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010

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  • Irish Archaeology on Google Street View - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    Centres Archaeological Bibliographies and Databases DeptsandSchools Video Images Events Apps Smelt 2010 Irish Archaeology on Google Street View 05 10 2010 As pretty much anyone with an internet connection must have heard by now Google recently launched its Street View service on Google Maps in Ireland The coverage is pretty spectacular taking in pretty much every road in Ireland and of course as the guys in the Street View car cruised around casually invading everyone s privacy they also managed to record quite a few archaeology sites Newgrange County Meath The Rock of Cashel County Tipperary Round Tower Killala County mayo Rothe House Kilkenny County Kilkenny 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 Photography Public Publication Sea Stallion Sites Smelt 2010 Tat Television Video Archives September 2013 April 2013 November 2012 July 2012 May 2012 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010

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  • Archaeology 2.0 and Reaching the Future of Heritage - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    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

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  • Reach the Future through the Past - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    The conference will explore the use of innovation in a heritage setting and will examine new ways of promoting concepts of heritage and identity through the use of new technologies The conference title is inspired by a line in Paul Brady s The Island and the purpose of the conference is to apply new ways of cultural and commercial thinking to Irish identity and to the historic Irish experience Conference organiser Brian Walsh Last year the Global Irish Conference held at Farmleigh attracted representatives of the Irish diaspora and the CEOs of several multinational companies One of the remarkable features of the conference was that the large number of CEOs who chose to attend the cultural rather than the business workshops This is what gave me the idea that we should explore this theme further The purpose of our conference here in Dundalk is to find ways of seeking inspiration from the past and to find new ways of applying and presenting this One of the main themes of the day will be how to innovatively promote and popularize history identity archaeology and culture to wider audiences The international panel of speakers is drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds academia archaeology animation broadcasting and business Speakers include Mary Hawkes Green founder Burren College Art and Design Brian Dolan founder seandalaiocht com Ciaran McGuinness Archer Heritage Planning Paul Young co founder Cartoon Saloon and producer of The Secret of Kells and Yanky Fachler historian business trainer and author of 6 Officers 2 Lions and 750 Mules Admission to the conference is free but prior booking is essential For all enquiries please contact Brian Walsh at the County Museum Dundalk 353 42 9327056 Brian Walsh dundalktown ie Share Comments Peadar link 25 08 2010 14 08 Enjoyed your presentation today Brian

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  • Category: News - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    Dunne and Dr Graeme Warren and will be managed by Dr Graeme Warren and the UCD School of Archaeology In this first phase our emphasis is on the construction of stratigraphic reports and formalizing of archives Applicants should forward a full CV and covering letter outlining their suitability for the position to Dr Graeme Warren UCD School of Archaeology Newman Building University College Dublin Belfield Dublin 4 Please indicate very clearly which post you are applying for Closing date 5pm Thurs June 25th Interviews will be held June 30th Candidates for the senior post should indicate whether they wish to be considered for one of the assistant posts if unsuccessful in their primary application Both posts must begin on 1st August 2009 and will be complete within 4 months Note that the starting and closing dates for the project are non negotiable The project is based in Belderrig N Mayo Please ensure that you supply a direct phone number and advise us if you are going to be away in late June early July Further details regarding are available from Graeme Warren graeme warren ucd ie or phone 0044 1 7168613 Read More INSTAR Awards Announced 15 06 2009 After some delay the Heritage Council has announced the latest round of INSTAR Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research fund UCD has been very successful with substantial funding for EMAP Mapping Death and the North Mayo project all of which I have a personal interest in The Making Christian Landscapes projects in UCC has also been awarded new funding and promises to make a significant contribution to our understanding of early medieval landscapes Its good to see that INSTAR has not yet been the victim of government cutbacks and considering the scarcity of funding for top level archaeological research in Ireland we can only hope that the fund is here to stay NIAF and Archaeology Days 08 06 2009 The Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum has organised a series of archaeology days beginning in June and continuing throughout the summer This is a realtively new organisation that I only just heard about but they have organised a really excellent range of activities and events for the public that will be of interest to many We might ask where are the equivalent events in the South Download the Archaeology Days brochure here and more information about the Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum here Fancy a Date 22 05 2009 Scienticians at the University of Manchester and Edinburgh university have announced a new technique for dating fired clay pots bricks furnace lining etc The method is based on a chemical reaction ceramics have with water over long periods of time Basically they absorb it I m not sure if this holds true for buried ceramics at a particular rate that can be used to estimate the time since the ceramic was fired The examples given on the BBC website suggest that this could be incredibly precise To the year They know it works going back 2000

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  • Previous Posts - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    the recent collapse of multiple commercial companies compounds the issue In some cases the problem goes beyond a lack of a report site archives samples and artefacts are likely to be at immediate risk of being lost There is no easy solution to this but hopefully the opening of the new NMI storage facility might stop the worst consequences of the economic collapse assuming they will take in incomplete archives Assuming it exists in the first place making grey literature available is the next step This means making it easy 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 database as well as more traditional conferences and publications Of course that all depends on adequate funding In reality the situation in Ireland is not completely dire an awful lot of work is being done but there is a huge danger that drastic cuts in funding of things like INSTAR which cost minor amounts in the grand scheme of things could result in the loss of data which cost orders of magnitude more to produce Much information has already been lost but the priority has to be to save what can still be saved and make it widely available as soon as possible Grey literature represents a gigantic investment by

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  • Previous Posts - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    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 will be non existent or Ghost literature rather than the much more viable and useful Grey Literature This is part 1 of a series of 3 posts on Grey Literature and Archaeology Cuairt a thabhairt ar míle daoine gaelach láithreán gréasáin Seandálaíocht 09 04 2010 This post is to celebrate a little late the 1 00th unique Irish visitor to Seandálaíocht If my Irish is ok and it probably isn t the post title should read 1 000 Irish visitors to the Seandálaíocht website That s according to the flag counter widget you can see above and on the blog sidebar In reality I added that some time after the blog started so according to Google Analytics a magical time wasting tool provided for free by Google I ve had something more like 1 198 unique visitors from Ireland yes you re all very special with 2110 unique visitors in total from 60 different countries Map showing the location of visitors to Seandálaíocht The most popular page on the site besides the home page 1128 views and the blog page 1503 views was the l ist of archaeological societies and other institutions 470 views probably because it turns up in search engines a lot The most popular post

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  • Seandalaiocht - Irish For Archaeology - Blog - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    bound together with string Start whisking Takes a long time and takes even longer on a warm day make sure you do this in the shade if it s a warm sunny day otherwise you ll end up with a gooey butter parfait instead of a nice solid pat of butter and for some reason can be well nigh impossible to do on a day with thundery weather When the butter begins to separate from the buttermilk gather the butter into a clump with your hand and transfer to a shallow wooden bowl Spread the clump flat so that it s ca 2cm thick Pour a dollop of clean water over it and begin pressing the water into the butter with the back of a spoon As you do this you ll see the water turn milky as the buttermilk is pressed out of the butter Drain this off and repeat this cleaning process until the last water runs off clear showing you that all the buttermilk or as much as is possible with this method has been removed The more buttermilk you have in the butter the more sour it will taste Add salt and herbs as desired Leave to stand in a cool place covered with a light cloth Cheese You can make a good portion of fresh cheese using two liters of buttermilk Very simple to make just tip it all into a pot cover with a lid and stand close to but not directly in the heat Rotate the pot as before and check every now and again to see if the curds and whey have separated Once they have fully separated you should see a large round clump of cheese floating under the surface of the whey take the pot off the heat fully and leave to stand for ca 20 min You then need to separate the cheese from the whey You can do this using a cheesecloth or it can also be effectively done just taking your time and carefully using the back of a spoon You want to try and minimise breaking up the curds otherwise you get a very crumby cheese instead of a nice soft one The whey can also be added to the stews if wished drunk if folk are of that persuasion you should at least give it a taste for early medievalnesses sake and I m promised that it s the ultimate natural face cleanser Take it or leave it You can now add chopped herbs and salt to the cheese Leave to stand in a cool place covered with a light cloth Cream As per making butter just stop whisking when you get to the cream stage Stewed apples berries Again very simple Peel the apples and chop them roughly Add them and berries if using to a pot ensuring they almost fill the pot that you choose to use see the note on cracking above Add a small cup of water and place the pot

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