Celebrating 30 years

Archaeology Ireland one-day conference

Took place on 30 September 2017

Castle Hall, Dublin Castle 09.00–17.30

Answers from the ground: archaeological sites that have changed our view of Ireland’s past.

Evidence from archaeological excavations over the last 30 years which offer new insights into Ireland’s past.

Guest speaker: Professor Mike Parker Pearson on ‘Stonehenge—rethinking the Neolithic’

  • An axe to grind: early Mesolithic funerary rites at Hermitage, Co. Limerick—Dr Tracy Collins (Aegis) and Dr Aimée Little (University of York)
  • Poulnabrone, Co. Clare: its role in changing perceptions of the early Neolithic— Dr Ann Lynch (NMS)
  • The first hillforts in Ireland—Prof. William O’Brien (UCC)
  • Stonehenge—rethinking the Neolithic —Prof. Mike Parker Pearson (Institute of Archaeology, UCL)
  • Island refuge, island home, island realm: Drumclay, Co. Fermanagh, an unparalleled doorway into medieval life in Ireland and contemporary lake settlements—Dr Nora Bermingham and Cathy Moore (independent archaeologists)
  • The shuddering wheel: the impact and wider context of excavations at the early medieval cemetery, mills and settlement at Raystown, Co. Meath—Matthew Seaver (UCD School of Archaeology)
  • Trowelling back the years: what has archaeology taught us about medieval Trim? —Dr Michael Potterton (NUIM)
  • The archaeology of 1916 —Franc Myles (Archaeology and Built Heritage) and Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan (UCD)


Over 100 people attended and we extend our thanks to all who gave such excellent papers and to all who came and enjoyed the day.