TII announces Heritage Week 2016 programme

Saturday – August 20th

Cork – Cork Public Museum

Food and eating in Irish Prehistory

Find out how archaeologists investigate life in prehistoric Ireland through the analysis of pollen grains, animal bones and cereal remains recovered from archaeological digs, and the study of artefacts connected with food production and consumption. Try your hand at identifying the bones of prehistoric animals and the remains of ancient crops in a ‘hands on’ session and have a go at grinding grain on a prehistoric hand mill. There will be a butter churning demonstration and the opportunity to try the results with some prehistoric-style bread. This will also be a last chance to see a hand-crafted replica of a mysterious Iron Age wooden artefact, to ponder its possible function and significance to prehistoric people. There will be a prize for the best suggestion! Presented by the Heritage Council INSTAR funded project 'Seeing Beyond the Site - landscape and settlement in later prehistoric Ireland'.

Time:  11:00 to 15:00

Organised by the Seeing Beyond the Site project, Department of Archaeology, University College Cork, in collaboration with Cork Public Museum and Cork Butter Museum.

For further information contact: katharina.becker@ucc.ie

Read more about the project in The Irish Times.

Sunday – August 21st

Wexford – Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig

Feeding the ancestors: the importance of corn-drying kilns in preserving the medieval harvest

How did our ancestors preserve and prepare crops for storage? Archaeologists Susan Lyons and Orla Power demonstrate Ireland’s only functioning corn-drying kiln using authentic fuels and cereals.

Time: 14.30 to 16.00

Organised in association with the Irish National Heritage Park.

Booking is advised, please contact info@inhp.com, Telephone: 053 9120733, or Bernice.Kelly@tii.ie

Monday – August 22nd

Roscommon – Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk

CANCELLATION: Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. TII hope to reschedule the talk later in the year.

Beyond Rathcroghan: archaeological geophysical surveys along the N5 Ballaghaderreen–Scramoge Road Development

Archaeological geophysical surveys carried out along the N5 Ballaghaderreen–Scramoge Road Development have revealed some new and exciting archaeological sites. Dr James Bonsall will present his findings.

Time 19:00 to 20:00

Organised in association with Rathcroghan Visitor Centre.

For further information contact: Orlaith.Egan@tii.ie 087 2857532

Tuesday – August 23rd

Roscommon – Hannon's Hotel, Athlone Road, Roscommon

NOTE: Please note the change of venue (now Hannon's Hotel, Roscommon) and time (starts 19.30).

Surveys and excavations in Ranelagh townland, Co. Roscommon

Excavation Director Shane Delaney will present newly gathered information on a previously unknown, multi-period habitation and burial site in Ranelagh townland on the route of the N61 Coolteige road development.

Time: 19.30 to 20.30

Organised in association with Roscommon County Council.

For further information contact: Martin.Jones@tii.ie; Telephone: 091 509594 

Kerry – O’Sullivan’s Bar, Garraí na dTor, Lios Póill

A case of the bends—archaeological discoveries on the N86 Lispole to Ballynasare Lower Road Improvement Scheme  

Archaeologist Bruce Sutton will talk about recent discoveries on the N86, including fulachtaí fia and charcoal-making in An Bhanóg Theas and an early medieval farmstead in Baile na Saor Beag.

Time: 20.00 to 21.00

Organised in association with Kerry County Council.

For further information contact: Paul.OKeeffe@tii.ie; Telephone: 061 496800

Galway – Árus Uilinn, Moycullen

Stone Age to Steam Age: the archaeology and architectural heritage of Moycullen and environs

Illustrated public lecture by TII Archaeologist Jerry O’Sullivan.

Time :  20:30 to 22:00

For further information contact: Jerry.OSullivan@tii.ie; Telephone:  087 646 9327/091 509052

Kildare – Council Chambers, Naas Town Hall

One family? An Early Bronze Age cemetry at Moone, Co. KIldare

An illustrated talk on the results of the excavation of an Early Bronze Age cemetry in Moone, Co. Kildare, undertaken in 2007 in advance of the construction of the M9 Kilcullen to Carlow motorway.

Time: 20:00 to 22:00

Organised in association with Kildare County Council and Naas Local History.

For further information contact: Noel.Dunne@tii.ie; Telephone: 086 8296098

Thursday – August 25th

Dublin – City Wall Space, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin Civic Offices

Road, Rail and Rebellion

This public seminar will present a number of papers considering aspects of Ireland’s turbulent history from the 1830s to the 1920s. Emer Dennehy will present an account of a 19th-century cholera burial ground rediscovered during the Luas Cross City project; Padraig Clancy will relate how the 1916 insurgents used the trams during the Rising; and Donncha Ó Dúlaing will consider how the statutory erected in Dublin from the 19th to the 20th century reflects the ebb and flow of different political movements and ideals. Finally, Faith Bailey will discuss a War of Independence ambush site at Coolnacaharragh, Co. Cork, on the N22; reconstructing the ambush using records from the military archives.

Time: 15:45 to 20:00

Booking is essential, please register using Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/road-rail-and-rebellion-a-tii-heritage-week-event-tickets-25809311345?aff=es2

Read more about the seminar in The Irish Times.

Sunday – August 28th

Waterford – Reginald’s Tower, Waterford & Waterford Suir Valley Railway, Kilmeaden

Cycle or take the train along the Waterford Greenway to Carriganore near the Woodstown Viking site. Bring a picnic, take part in family friendly heritage activities & discover the Greenway’s heritage.

Time: 12:00 to 16:00

Organised in partnership with Waterford City and County Council.

For more information contact: James.Eogan@tii.ie; Telephone: 051 390130