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Volume 33 No. 3 Issue No. 129


14 A frontier town in

Europe’s Wild West Cathy Swift discusses medieval migrancy in the Black Book of Limerick.

18 Fairy flint and lithic lore

Marion Dowd looks at the use of prehistoric artefacts in traditional folk medicine.

22 Filling in the gaps in Brú

na Bóinne Stephen Davis, Knut Rassmann and Eszter Bánffy provide an overview of the large-scale geophysical surveys carried out between 2014 and 2018.

25 Knots and crosses—the

Irish cult of St Olave Paul Duffy revisits the evidence for the dedication of Irish churches to a Norse saint.

30 Riding the storm—

archaeological heritage and climate change Michael MacDonagh, Chief Archaeologist at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, outlines plans to meet the challenge of climate change impacts on our historic built environment.

34 Field Gun 9168: more than just a number Robert Delaney explains how an archaeological approach to the conservation of an Irish Civil War gun is helping to tell its story.

38 Meelick Friary’s hidden history Tadhg O’Keeffe finds the site of a lost castle.

42 Ring(s) of truth

Joe Fenwick shares some responses to his question regarding curious ring-marks at Dowth.


43 Growing evidence for portal tomb cairns? Eoin Halpin ponders lichen growth as an indicator of cairn height.

48 Know your monuments:

Individual burial in the Irish Neolithic In this contribution to the Know Your Monuments series, Muiris O’Sullivan and Liam Downey review what is known about Linkardstown-type and related burials in Neolithic Ireland.

Cover image: Doonmore Castle, Co. Clare, following significant collapse, May 2019 (National Monuments Service).




Archaeology Ireland Autumn 2019

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