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Internship Blog Series – All About Dublin

In the third of our internship series of blogs Kelsey Gamble talks about the wider cultural immersion that comes with committing to a study abroad program like an internship. Specifically this week Kelsey looks at Dublin, where nearly all our … Continue reading

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Internship Blog Series – How Will Interning Help Your Career!

In the second of our internship series of blogs Kelsey Gamble asks how will interning help your career? Interning and Your Career – Kelsey Gamble If there’s one thing I’ve realised in my path to a career in archaeology, experience … Continue reading

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Internship Blog Series – ‘Cultural Differences’

In the spring we are launching our first dual location internship with Learn International. Our first brave intern will be excavating at Ferrycarrig and then undertaking desktop archaeological work, contributing to ongoing research projects, in our Midland office. To celebrate … Continue reading

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Birr town, Co. Offaly: Archaeology and Heritage

Birr town, Co. Offaly, is one location of a new research project looking at the early medieval monastic landscape and environment of the midlands of Ireland. Birr (Biorra, in Irish, meaning ‘water cress’) is located in south-west corner of County … Continue reading

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More Than Meets the Eye: Geophysics in the Midlands

More Than Meets the Eye: Surveying in the Midlands (Ashely Green and Denis Shine) If you have been keeping track of our blog post in recent times you will be aware that we have been supporting the PhD research of … Continue reading

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Digitally Preserving the Past

Digitally Preserving the Past – 3D Scanning at Saint Brendan’s Church, Birr.  In August students from Ithaca College led by Professor Michael “Bodhi” Rogers, in partnership with the Irish Archaeology Field School/ Irish Heritage School (IHS), conducted 3D laser scans … Continue reading

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Excavation, Education and Experience: Archaeology at Ferrycarrig

This year we formalised a really exciting project that has long been in the making, a collaborative approach to research and education with biggest heritage park in Ireland, the Irish National Heritage Park. This project will roll into one our … Continue reading

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Of pots and layers: what stratigraphy and pottery can tell us

At the Black Friary, our pottery story tells us that the site was in use from the medieval period through to the early post- medieval period, and into the eighteenth century.Here, Black Friary Director and PI, Finola O’Carroll tells us … Continue reading

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Rock and Role of the Geoarchaeologist

IAFS Director Dr Stephen Mandal describes the role of the geologist in archaeological research at the Blackfriary. As a geoarchaeologist one of my main research interests is in the use of stone in the archaeological record as a source for … Continue reading

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Making sense of the un-excavated bits: Geophysical survey at the Black Friary

Ever wondered how archaeologists decide where to dig? One method is geophysical survey, which shows magnetic and electromagnetic changes underground…and sometimes above ground. Geophysical survey is a useful tool for archaeology and many other fields as it is a non-invasive … Continue reading

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