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  • Category: Other - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    the coolest videos I ve come across on YouTube in some time Indulge me Read More 1 Comment 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

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  • Category: Photography - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    prehistoric and is associated with a number of Bullaun Stones artefacts I have suggested elsewhere may be related to ironworking This potential link with a deeper pagan past combined with the unusual evidence for ironworking on the site of a community of female ascetics has made me wonder more than once if St Gobnet may be connected with previous traditions of worship of the Celtic smith god Gobniu Close by St Gobnet s Grave is a graveyard with an intact protestant church and a ruined Medieval chapel which has seen some serious and worrying alterations since O Kelly s excavations including the addition of a PVC conservatory on one side 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 Archaeological Drawing and Photo Exhibition in Smithfield 22 09 2010 Readers might be interested in DIG an exhibition showing photos and drawings from archaeological excavations in Smithfield Dublin Its showing at The Complex 18 21 Smithfield Square Its an interesting idea and I ll definitely be popping in I might include it in my Culture Night itinerary when the exhibition stays open until 10pm Archaeological Wallabies on Lambay Island 08 07 2010 Flicking

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  • Category: Public - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    the project website which I am in the process of updating The full length video is up on Vimeo and embedded above but due to space restrictions it is fairly low quality The video is also available on the Seandálaíocht YouTube channel in super high quality HD but split in two length restrictions They are embedded after the break click Read More below You can also download the full video in HD for your own use here right click the link and click save as but be warned that the file is very large 1 2GB so it will take a long time to download if you have a slow connection You can download a much smaller 320MB lower quality version here if needed EDIT New links and embedded videos have been added to rectify a problem with the audio levels in the original video Please download again if you have an old version Read More 2 Comments Tales of Medieval Dublin Lectures Videos Online 17 11 2010 The Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series continues next Tuesday in the Wood Quay offices of Dublin City Council I haven t managed to get to any which is why I was delighted to find that the lectures are being published online The next event is The Wife s Tale and is given by Dr Gillian Kenny an expert on medieval women Click the button below to add it to your Google Calendar Revealing the Past with the Royal Irish Academy 28 09 2010 Excavations in Belderrig Co Mayo in 2008 The Royal Irish Academy is holding a one day seminar on Friday 8th October called Revealing the Past Archaeological Excavations in Ireland It will showcase some of the excavations they have funded in recent years through their archaeology grants scheme for a long time the only scheme available in Ireland to fund research excavations I thought I d plug it seeing as how I worked as both a student and a supervisor on two of the digs that will be featured Templeteenaun Co Wicklow and Belderrig Co Mayo Holding the event on a Friday makes it a little difficult for most people to get to but if you re lucky or unlucky enough to have nothing else on it is free You can book tickets here and view the full programme here Archaeological Drawing and Photo Exhibition in Smithfield 22 09 2010 Readers might be interested in DIG an exhibition showing photos and drawings from archaeological excavations in Smithfield Dublin Its showing at The Complex 18 21 Smithfield Square Its an interesting idea and I ll definitely be popping in I might include it in my Culture Night itinerary when the exhibition stays open until 10pm Plagiarism in the Irish Times 10 08 2010 2 Comments The first extract below comes from an article published this morning in the Irish Times but the paragraph that follows comes from a small website describing excavations at Lisnagun Ringfort Co Cork in the 1980s

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  • Category: Publication - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    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 My Recent Publications 28 04 2010 My masters thesis available here has finally been published in article form in the Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Section C almost five years after I finished it The paper was co written with Prof Gabriel Cooney and is available to download on the new look Royal Irish Academy website here or on my personal site here I ve also had two smaller publications come out recently including a review for the Irish Museums Association Newsletter and a contribution to a lithics report written by Dr Graeme Warren on stone tools from a Mesolithic site in Scotland Full references are below and you can find and usually download my other publications here Dolan B and Cooney G 2010 Lambay lithics the analysis of two surface collections from Lambay Co Dublin Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 110C 1 33 Dolan B 2009 Report on the Annual lecture of the Irish Museums Association Irish Museums Association Newsletter 56 9 10 Warren G with Dolan B 2009 Stone Tools in Murray H K Murray J C and Fraser S M eds A tale of the Unknown Unknowns A Mesolithic Pit Alignment and a Neolithic Timber Hall at Warren Field Crathes Aberdeenshire Oxford Oxbow Books 97 107 Archaeology and Grey Literature Finding the Treasure 16 04 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

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  • Category: Sea Stallion - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    liffey to where its predecessor was likely built The ship was over wintered in the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks until it was craned out in the summer of 2007 following lots of labour intensive maintenance of the hull I was there when they lifted it into the water just beside th eastlink toll bridge and spent a fun morning filling the ship with a couple of tons of ballast The ship spent some time in Dublin being prepared for the voyage before sailing off on its return journey Its route out along the Liffey went straight past my front door which I was unfortunately standing at as I was only on the reserve list for the voyage Luckily about two weeks later I got a call to say I would be joining the ship in England halfway through the voyage I had one week to buy all the equipment I needed and get to London where I met the other replacements who joined the ship half way In the summer of 2008 I was lucky enough to be part of the crew of a reconstructed viking longship built by the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde Denmark The Sea Stallion is a reconstruction of a ship deliberately sunk in the Roskilde fjord sometime after it was built in 1042AD The accurate date for the ship comes from dendrochronological analysis of timbers from the ship that also allowed identification of where the timbers for the ship were sourced This turned out to be somewhere in the vicinity of Hiberno Norse Dublin We met the ship in Lowestoft in eastern England but frustratingly the weather gods prevented our sailing for a full week Eventually we got going and sailed across the North Sea to Holland before making our way northwards to

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  • Category: Sites - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    extensive remains of post holes pits and drains with a first phase of un enclosed activity with a few possible rectangular post built structures the second phase saw the raising of the ground level and construction of a large circular stone structure St Gobnet s House with a central post hole A well was also dug in front of the entrance The second phase produced a large amount of slag pits and a hearth indicating extensive ironworking probably mainly smithing but possibly also smelting Artefacts discovered on the site indicate an Early Medieval date c 400 A D 1100 A D but no radiocarbon dates are available Elswhere on the site a mound called St Gobnet s Grave may be prehistoric and is associated with a number of Bullaun Stones artefacts I have suggested elsewhere may be related to ironworking This potential link with a deeper pagan past combined with the unusual evidence for ironworking on the site of a community of female ascetics has made me wonder more than once if St Gobnet may be connected with previous traditions of worship of the Celtic smith god Gobniu Close by St Gobnet s Grave is a graveyard with an intact protestant church and a ruined Medieval chapel which has seen some serious and worrying alterations since O Kelly s excavations including the addition of a PVC conservatory on one side 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

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  • Category: Smelt 2010 - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    project website with a report on the smelt as soon as possible SMELT 2010 Preparations 23 02 2010 3 Comments I spent yesterday researching and organising things for Smelt 2010 which is fast creeping up on me One of the fancy things I d like to do for the smelt is some time lapse photography so I devoted a bit of time to figuring out how my still relatively new digital slr works familiarising myself a bit more with terms like apeture shutter speed and ISO The result is a test video of me working for a couple of hours in my little home office It reveals a weird tendency to play with my beard shared by all bearded men i d imagine and a dangerous sedentism that reminds me how much exercise I don t do Besides that preparations are coming along and the Smelt will go ahead on the 6th and 7th of March The one big thing I need to sort out is a bellows system which I will make if need s be but I would be more than happy to borrow if someone would like to donate For people who would like to come to see the smelt taking place in 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 Traditional Charcoal Making 29 01 2010 Charcoal produced in the mound kiln Head on over to charcoal seandalaiocht com and read the update on a recent experimental charcoal production experiment I was involved in with Niall Kenny We attempted to reconstruct and early medieval pit kiln from Russagh 4 and a mound kiln too with mixed results There s a summary blog post on the site now but we ll be adding more images and eventually a video to the site as we get time Niall is going to have another go at charcoal making at Smelt 2010 and hopefully with the lessons we ve learned from this experiment it will be a big success Traditional Charcoal Making Experiment 06 01 2010 1 Comment For those of you out there interested in experimental archaeology or who like me are latent pyromaniacs who gave up smoking for the new year I m happy to let you know about a unique opportunity A traditional charcoal mound kiln Niall Kenny has organised an experimental charcoal making event which will be taking place in Meath starting Sunday week That s assuming the ground isn t frozen solid or covered in snow Niall has done a lot of research into

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  • Category: Tat - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    shirts on sale during the conference but we simply didn t have the money to buy in a load of them on the off chance they would sell The alternative was an excellent site called Zazzle com that allows participants and anyone else who want a t shirt before or after the conference to order theirs in whatever size shape or colour they prefer The organisers and volunteers will be sporting their own snazzy designs during the three day event We ll see how often they re worn after that TAT Programme Launched 15 04 2009 The TAT programme has now been confirmed and launched Preparations are well under way with the next phase being selection of chairs for the various sessions We are also working on putting together a decent social schedule to make sure people learn about more than just material culture when they come to Dublin Download the programme here and remember to log on to the TAT website and register asap TAT 2009 Register Now 26 03 2009 At the moment I am heavily involved along with my colleagues Emmett O Keeffe and Terry O Hagan in the organisation of TAT 2009 TAT or to give it its full title Thinking About Things Interdisciplinary Futures in Material Culture was a response by the three of us to a call for proposals for conference funding from the UCD Graduate School of Arts and Celtic Studies All three of us being perennial volunteers and always looking for something to distract attention from actual PhD work we were immediately on the look out for some ideas With a little help along the way from Dr Graeme Warren and Dr Jo Bruck we realised there was an existing college research strand on material culture A subject central to archaeology but

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