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Sep
20

Summer 2017 at the Cromlech Tumulus: A new fulacht fia for Slievemore

It has been a fantastic summer on Slievemore. During July and August we carried out our fourth and final season at the wonderful ‘Cromlech Tumulus’ site on the south-facing slopes of the mountain. In our eight short weeks on the mountain we discovered a new monument (a Bronze Age fulacht fia) and potentially pushed back […]

By Eve Campbell | Uncategorized
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Aug
25

New Book Review: Cattle in ancient and modern Ireland. Farming practices, environment and economy

New book review of Cattle in ancient and modern Ireland. Farming practices, environment and economy featuring a chapter by Achill Field School founder Dr Theresa McDonald. The book review is by Nigel T. Monaghan, and is published in the Irish Naturalists’ Journal.  Michael O’Connell, Fergus Kelly and James H. McAdam (eds) 2016. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon […]

By Eve Campbell | Academic . Blog . Research . Uncategorized
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Aug
04

Open day at the ‘Cromlech Tumulus’ site: A photo essay

Thursday 3 August was our open day at the ‘Cromlech Tumulus’ site. Over 70 people trekked up Slievemore to visit our site and we were delighted to be able to share our discoveries and to have some really interesting chats about life on this remarkable mountain over 3,000 years ago. Huge thanks to to everyone […]

By Eve Campbell | Blog . Research . Uncategorized
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Jul
21

Return to the ‘Cromlech Tumulus’ – a Bronze Age roundhouse on Slievemore

It’s been a busy few weeks here on Achill. In July we bade farewell our pre-Famine settlement at Keem Bay and made the move to the slopes of Slievemore mountain to the site of the ‘Cromlech Tumulus’. Despite what the name suggests the site is in fact a large Middle Bronze Age roundhouse. Slievemore was […]

By Eve Campbell | Blog . Research . Uncategorized
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Jul
11

Soil flotation: A DIY approach

Post-excavation analysis is the underappreciated sister of excavation–less glamorous and exciting–but absolutely fundamental to making sense of a site. Here at the Achill Field School we like to give our students a taste of all aspects of the archaeological process, so this morning we rolled up our sleeves for some soil flotation. Soil flotation is […]

By Eve Campbell | Blog . Research . Uncategorized
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Jun
22

Drizzle, turf, and hand-knitted socks: Keem Bay open day 2017

Over fifty visitors young and old braved the damp weather to participate in our open day at Keem Bay this afternoon. The open day is a chance for people from Achill and further afield to come and see our excavation in action, and to learn and talk about life in Mayo before the Famine. Achill Archaeological […]

By Eve Campbell | Blog . Research . Uncategorized
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Jun
01

Find of the week: A handmill from Keem

The many visitors who stroll up past our excavation at Keem Bay all inevitably ask the same question: ‘have you found anything?’ I’m never entirely sure how to respond. For most of us archaeologists the site is the find. The artefacts we carefully retrieve from the small demolished dwelling we’re excavating  are  not treasures to […]

By Eve Campbell | Uncategorized
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Feb
13

Strong Dollar Offers Great Value for US Students

With the US dollar now at its strongest ever value against the European ‘Euro’ currency, studying in Europe has never offered better value. In April 2008, one dollar bought €0.63c. In February 2017, one dollar buys €0.94c. In the last five years, the dollar has increased in strength by 22.5% against the Euro. It is […]

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