Symposium: January 2020

Brehon Lawyer Symposium poster Jan 2020

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Revealing the Past 2019

A clean slate: the science of writing on slate in late medieval Ireland

On 10 October in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Professor Liz FitzPatrick in collaboration with Professor Hugh Byrne, FOCAS Research Institute, TU Dublin, will present the results of an RIA-funded science-in-archaeology project that advances knowledge of how slate was used as a writing material in late medieval Ireland. The findings relate to 15thcentury inscribed slates from the late medieval church of Smirammair, Smarmore, Co. Louth and are integral to Professor FitzPatrick’s programme of research on settlements and material culture of learned families in Ireland 1200-1600 AD. Professor Hugh Byrne is a leading expert in Raman Spectroscopy. The results of microspectroscopy suggest that a complex plant-based pigmented substance was applied to slates to create clean surfaces for repeated use and permanent record-making. The idea of painting slate surfaces, so that lightly incised inscriptions stood out when they were cut into the coloured surface, adds new knowledge to our understanding of late medieval writing materials. 

 The joint paper is being presented as part of the Academy’s Revealing the Past programme. 

Revealing the Past conference programme 2019

Dr Kieran O'Conor: upcoming lectures in Chicago and Moate, Sept. 2019

Dr Kieran O'Conor will be spending the week of Sunday 8th September to Friday 13th September in the Chicago area, USA, promoting NUI Galway as a destination for visiting students.

While there, he will be giving a lecture on the subject of medieval settlement in north Roscommon and west Breifne to the Department of Anthropology, Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana and another lecture on Irish castles to the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, in downtown Chicago.

The following Monday (16th September), and a little nearer to home, Dr O'Conor will present the Annual Jeremiah Sheehan Memorial Lecture to the Moate Museum and Historical Society in the Grand hotel, Moate, Co. Westmeath. The title of the lecture is 'Motte Castles in Medieval Ireland'.

'Keepers of the Gael' - a new exhibition in the Galway City Museum

Keepers of the Gael/Caomhnóirí na nGael: Culture and Society in Gaelic Ireland 1200-1600 AD, an exciting new multi-media exhibition, is now open at Galway City Museum. This exhibition explores aspects of Gaelic culture and society in Ireland through the lens of the learned families of historians, lawyers, physicians, poets and musicians who served Gaelic and English ruling families in Ireland between AD 1200 and 1600.  As part of its programme, some of our former PhD students, Dr Betty Gray, Dr Paul Naessens and Dr Yvonne McDermott will be giving talks in the museum relevant to the theme of the exhibition. This initiative will be a manor highlight of the Museum’s programme in 2020 when Galway assumes its role as European Capital of Culture.

‌‌Keepers of the Gael logo


‘The human concern with uniqueness is a
contemporary issue in society, with a long history.
This exhibition theme looks at Gaelic identity
on this island, as a contribution to understanding
who we are.’

Professor Elizabeth Fitzpatrick,
NUI Galway, Exhibition Guest Curator

      Click HERE for more information

Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Conference: 29-31 March 2019

Historic Settlement Conference Poster 2019

Historic Settlement Conference Timetable 2019

'A wild mountain borderland' lecture Friday 18 January

 Gaelic Learned Families

Prof Liz FitzPatrick will give a lecture on ‘A Wild Mountain Borderland’: The Locus of Gaelic Learned Families in 15th and 16th Century Ireland. Centre for Antique, Medieval and Pre-Modern Studies, Moore Institute Seminar Room G010, Hardiman Building 12 noon Friday, 18 January. 

'Roscommon History and Society' book launch: 12 December 2018

'Roscommon: History and Society' book launch in the Roscommon County Council offices on Wednesday evening 12 December 2018.

Roscommon: History and Society, edited by Richie Farrell, Kieran O’Conor and Matthew Potter, was officially launched by Mr John Waters, Irish Times journalist, author and playwright, in the new Roscommon County Council offices in Roscommon town on Wednesday evening 12 December 2018.

Also speaking at the launch were; Mr Richie Farrell, Roscommon County Librarian (retired); Eugene Cummins, CEO, Roscommon County Council; Mr Ivan Connaughton, Cathaoirleach, Roscommon County Council; Ms Mary O’Connell, President, Roscommon Archaeological and Historical Society and Dr Kieran O’Conor, Department of Archaeology, NUI Galway.

'Roscommon: history and Society' is the twenty-sixth volume in the History and Society series published by Geography Publications under the general editorship of Professor William Nolan. It runs to 920 pages and contains 202 illustrations. It consists of 35 chapters, several of which deal with the rich archaeological heritage of county Roscommon, written by 37 authors, a third of whom, we are proud to say, are employees, retired employees or graduates of NUI Galway.

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2019

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2019


Book Launch: 'Colomban et son Influence'

'L'eredita de San Colombano' 2017 book cover 'Colomban et son Influence' 2018 book cover, the second of three proceedings as part of the 'Making Europe: Columbanus and his legacy' project
Volume 1, 2017 Volume 2, 2018

The second of three volumes of proceedings from the 2015 conference series organised by the international project Making Europe: Columbanus and his Legacy will be launched in Luxeuil-les-Bains, France, on 23rd November 2018. The series marked the 1400th anniversary of the death of Columbanus in Bobbio, Italy, in AD 615. The project arose form a Moore Institute project Columbanus; Life and Legacy co-founded and co-directed by Conor Newman (Archaeology, NUI Galway) and Mark Stansbury (Classics, NUI Galway). The proceedings are published by Rennes University Press and the final volume of proceedings from the conference held in Bangor, Co. Down, are in preparation.

'Lost and Found III' book launch: 2 December 2018

 Lost and Found III book cover


The directors of Wordwell Ltd
together with Charlie Byrne's Bookshop
are pleased to announce that
Eithne Verling, Director of Galway City Museum,
will be launching

Lost and Found III: rediscovering more of Ireland's past

edited by Joe Fenwick (Archaeology, NUI Galway)
at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, the Cornstore,
Middle Street, Galway, at 6.30pm
on Friday 2 November 2018

‌‌Eithne Verling, Director of the Galway City Museum, launching 'Lost and Found III: rediscovering more of Ireland's past' in Charlie Byrne's 2nd November 2018 Nick Maxwell, Wordwell Ltd. at launch of 'Lost and Found III: rediscovering more of Ireland's past' at Charlie Byrne's bookshop, Galway, on 2nd November 2018. Joe Fenwick, Archaeologial Field Officer, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway, at launch of 'Lost and Found III: rediscovering more of Ireland's' in Charlie Byrne's bookshop on 2nd November 2018
Eithne Verling, Director of Galway City Museum. Nick Maxwell, Publisher, Wordwell Ltd. Joe Fenwick, Archaeology, NUI Galway

Laser-scanning and Photogrammetry Workshop: Wednesday 4th July 2018

Inishbofin Inscribed Slab 

There will be a ‘Laser-scanning and Photogrammetry Workshop’
in the Moore Institute Seminar Room (GO11), Hardiman
building, between 10.00am and 1.00pm on Wednesday 4th July 2018.

This initiative is hosted by the Discipline of Archaeology,
School of Geography and Archaeology and will be presented by
Robert Shaw and Gary Devlin (Discovery Programme,
Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland, Dublin),
Ryan Lash (Inishark Archaeological Field Project,
University of Notre Dame, USA) and Joe Fenwick
(Archaeological Field Officer, School of Geography and
Archaeology, NUI Galway).

All welcome!

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2018


Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2018 - extra lecture

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2018

RIA 1-day conference: 5 Oct. 2017

"Revealing the buried past: archaeologial excavations in Ireland"

A one day conference presenting a selection of recent discoveries made through research excavations and smaller projects which have been supported by the Royal Irish Academy's Standing Committee for Archaeology will take place on the 5th October 2017 at the RIA, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
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Public Lunchtime Lectures

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2017 (Town Hall Theatre, Galway).

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2017 - School of Geography and Archaeology

Click here for a dpf version of the Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series in the Town Hall Theatre 2017

Some Archaeology Society Events for 2017

11 Jan - Socs Day Part 2, 10 am - 5 pm, Aras Na MacLeinn
14 Jan - Field trip to Slieve Aughty, leaving the quad at 10, back by 6
16 Jan - Triche Cét Lecture by Dr. Paul MacCotter, 7 pm, AC216
23 Jan - Cards Against Archaeology! 7 pm, AC216
30 Jan - Lecture by Dr. Michelle Comber - Caherconnell excavations, 7 pm,    AC216
6 Feb - Archery Workshop, 7 pm, location tbd
13 Feb - Llangorse, a Viking Crannog - Lecture by Dr. Alan Lane, 7 pm AC216
20 Feb - Wales Info Night, 7 pm, AC216
27 Feb - Corrib Log Boats Lecture by Dr. Karl Brady - 7 pm, AC216
7 Mar (TUESDAY!!) - Gold Filigree Lecture by Niamh Whitfield, 7 pm, location tbd
13 Mar - Mystery Event - watch this space for details! 7 pm, AC216
20 Mar - Film night, TBD, 7 pm, AC216
27 Mar - AGM, 7 pm, AC216
10 Apr - 14 Apr - Wales Field Trip, location, erm, Wales

Further informal discussion of lectures at Sliding Rock, unless otherwise noted.
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Dr Mags Mannion to present a paper at the 8th International Congress of the Association Française pour l’Archéologie du Verre (AFAV)

Dr Mags Mannion will present a paper on her research on glass beads at the 8th International Congress of the Association Française pour l’Archéologie du Verre (AFAV).  Mags together with leading academics in the field of glass studies will present papers in English and French on the theme of GLASS IN WESTERN EUROPE AD 700-1600. Her paper will explore the variety of imported beads current in early medieval Ireland and discuss the appreciation of Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Continental glass beads by the native population and also their adoption and incorporation in the maintenance of individual status and authority.

The AFAV, French Association for Glass Archaeology was established in 1985, it is devoted to the promotion and study of ancient glass (from Antiquity to the Modern era) and dissemination of this research.  The association organises a triennial international conference on a specific themes and the publication of the proceedings of each conference.

The conference will take place from the 5-7 December 2016 in Besançon (France). The conference is organised by the AFAV together with the Department of Historical Heritage of Besançon and the city department of preventive archaeology, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de l’Environnement C. N. Ledoux  and the laboratory Chrono-Environnement. 

Click here to view Archaeology Society news and events throuthout 2016‌ and 2017

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2016

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2016

Territorial Boundaries - Seminar 2016

Territorial Boundaries and Topographies of Power in the Celtic West Seminar 2016

Book Launch: 15 December 2015

Archaeology Book Launch 2015

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series, 2015: Natual and Human Heritages (Vodcasts)

Dr Brídín Carroll
Locating the Locale of Local Food.
A review of Irish consumers’ varied understandings of ‘local food’, arising from research which recognises the power attributed to localisation to address the ‘grand challenges’ facing the food system.

Dr Michelle Comber
Early Medieval Royalty to Gaelic Nobility - Excavations at Caherconnell Cashel, Co. Clare.
Caherconnell cashel was a high-status dwelling constructed around the 10th century AD, and occupied until the start of the 17th century. This talk explores its story and wider significance.
Dr Frances Fahy & Dr Mary Jo Lavelle
What’s Ireland Consuming?
Household consumption remains somewhat of a black box for policymakers. Focusing on external conditions – the impact of a global recession and economic downturn – we examine consumption activities based on a survey of 1,500 households.

Dr Maura Farrell
Rural Ireland: Moving Forward or Remaining the same.
Rural Ireland has witnessed unprecedented change in recent decades. These changes in contemporary spaces of rurality have resulted in the agricultural community sharing the landscape with a diversity of people, industry and communities.

Joe Fenwick
Repopulating the Archaeological Landscape of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.
A presentation of the re-emerging traces and places of past human settlement and activity hidden in the shadow of the great prehistoric monuments of the ‘bend of the Boyne’.

Conor Newman
The Sword in the Stone: the Galway Connection
Though usually considered the stuff of kingly legend, the motif of the sword in the stone appears to have some basis in reality. The story begins on the Maree peninsula.

 Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2015: Natural and Human Heritages