Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-10-07 11:08
On the Day of Archaeology blog, Damien Shields recounts the discovery of "one of the most beautiful archaeological objects" he had ever come across. Once thought to be a leather scabbard belt, the artifact proved to be a piece of decorated medieval horse harness. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-10-05 10:52
A road crew excavating near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland has unearthed a crannog, complete with human remains and a wealth of artifacts dating to the 9th century. Items found included a carefully-crafted, fine-toothed nit comb. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-09-30 08:44
In the latest edition of the Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Alan E Hayden presented a theory that the islands off the coast of Kerry, Ireland were shaped by medieval earthquakes and tsunamis.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-07-22 19:14
Dr Philip MacDonald, leader of an archaeological excavation on Dunnyneil Island in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, believe he has found the "Holy Grail of retail" with the discovery of a 7th century trading emporium visited by merchants from around the world.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2012-07-05 15:38
A "virtually complete" horse harness of leather and metal pendants was brought to light from a well at Caherduggan in County Cork.
Submitted by Bootsylucy on Fri, 2012-06-29 00:03
Hand-crafted sterling silver Celtic and Scandinavian pieces. Many are recreations of museum pieces. The collection features Thor's Hammers and Odin's Raven.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-06-14 11:00
A shipwreck found off the coast of Ireland carried an exotic cargo of Iberian pottery and coconuts. The coconuts, which likely sank in the late 16th or early 17th century, would mark the earliest known arrival of this fruit in Ireland.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-04-18 19:26
Police in Dublin, Ireland are puzzled by the theft of the heart of St Laurence O'Toole, a 12th century relic housed at Christ Church Cathedral. The heart, in a wooden box, was stolen March 2, 2012 when the protective metal bars were cut.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-03-24 19:18
Dublin's Viking past is everywhere in the city, from the Viking exhibition Dublinia to excavations at Dublin City Council headquarters. Join Catherine Le Nevez of Lonely Planet for a look at the city's Norse heritage.
Submitted by Mathilda on Wed, 2012-03-21 13:45
"Irish Myth and the Sacred Landscape" is the title of a presentation being given at the Toledo, Ohio Museum of Art on April 20 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-03-16 20:17
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a selection of some of the many medieval artifacts featured in The Irish Time's column A history of Ireland in 100 objects.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-03-11 16:32
Irish Times reporter Fintan O’Toole provides a history of his country one artifact at a time. In his A history of Ireland in 100 objects, O’Toole reports on one object, from the National Museum of Ireland, each Saturday and its significance in the history and culture of the country.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-03-04 03:11
For those who want to mix economics with blood and gore, Mary Valante has posted a paper presented at the Fourth Annual Appalachian Spring Conference in World History and Economics (2009).
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-02-25 16:38
Sixteen-year-old Aoife Gregg of Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Ireland recently competed in a science competition. Her project: a computer letter frequency analysis of ancient Irish texts to demonstrate how the language has changed.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-01-08 11:02
An unassuming building with an interesting chimney in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, may be “potentially one of the most exciting urban archaeological discoveries in Ireland in recent years.” The building, currently under restoration, is believed to be Ireland’s earliest surviving example of a timber framed house. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-01-02 08:18
A bronze bell from Derry, Ireland, in storage since the 1930s, may be the world's oldest existing church bell. The bell dates to 1411 and was probably made in France. Christian symbols on the bell lead researchers to believe it may have once belonged to a church or abbey.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-12-11 16:58
Fifteen miles from modern Kilkenny, Ireland, a secret has been buried for centuries. That secret is the lost early Norman town of Newtown, now being decribed as "Kilkenny's Pompeii." LIDAR technology has disclosed the "streets, towns and dwellings" of the settlement.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2011-12-05 13:47
As the saying goes, "Bows don't kill people, arrows do." Such seems to be the case for a burial in Galway, Ireland. Evidence of a shallow grave and an arrow found in the victim's skull has led researches to conclude that the man may have been murdered.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-11-19 07:40
Arcaheologists have discovered the remains of a Viking settlement beneath Temple Bar, the cultural area of Dublin. Originally on an island, the settlement is believed to have been destroyed by floods in the 10th or 11th century. (photos)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2011-11-02 10:43
A pre-Viking burial site dating to the 600s has been found near Dublin, Ireland. The site was discovered during construction for a power company project.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-11-01 16:07
Workers laying pipe for EirGrid were startled to discover human remains while excavating for underground power lines north of Dublin, Ireland. Tests revealed that the skeletons in the burial ground dated from between 617 to 675 CE.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-10-26 17:04
Archaeologists working on the excavation of a Viking village in Louth County, Ireland are calling it "one of the most important Viking sites in the world." The site is believed to be where the Vikings brought their long ships for wintering and repair.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-10-21 17:11
Celebrate the feast of St. Brigid in an Irish manor house. While attending some of the finest arts and science classes view local artisans and talented bards as they vie for the prestigious title of Baronial Champion.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-10-13 15:30
Start the new year in Scotland and Ireland! This year Caerthe’s premiere event will highlight both the Scottish and Irish people, but you will also be able to come and enjoy all the aspects of Caerthe’s 12th Night that you have come to love over the years including merchants, friends, entertainment, and good tidings on the new year.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-09-20 09:28
Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland has removed a web page in its professor profiles section belonging to one “Dr. Conan T. Barbarian, B.A. (Cimmeria) Ph.D. (UCD). F.T.C.D. (Long Room Hub Associate Professor in Hyborian Studies and Tyrant Slaying).”
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-09-10 10:43
The website Irish Central has posted a list of the 10 most popular Irish last names, including meaning of the name, variations, and the area where the name is most prominent.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-08-11 16:39
Archaeologists working on a dig at Dungannon, Ireland's Castle Hill have discovered what experts believe are the remains of Mabel Bagenal, third wife of the Earl of Tyrone, Hugh O'Neill, and known as Ireland's "Helen of Troy."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-07-06 19:03
In 2006, a group of turf cutters working in a bog in Tipperary discovered a vellum and leather psalter dating to the 9th century. Now, for the first time, the public will have the opportunity to see the Fadden More Psalter now on display at the National Museum in Dublin.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-07-02 07:32
Early 16th century Spanish explorers in North America reported the existance of a settlement in modern-day South Carolina of people with "red to brown hair, tan skin and gray eyes." The settlement was called Duhare.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2011-06-02 09:38
Workers extracting turf from a bog in Galway, Ireland have found a wooden keg full of butter. The butter could be as much as 2,500 years old.