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Volume 33 No. 4 Issue No. 130


14 There is more to a hole than meets the eye A.L. Brindley appeals to archaeologists to look carefully into pottery perforations.

17 A case for baskets

Metalsmith Jonathan Fyffe describes the use of a wicker furnace in a recent prehistoric bronze-working experiment.

19 Rekindling the solstice light Ken Williams investigates the restoration of the Newgrange roof-box.

25 Leading ladies

John Lucey profiles the pioneering women who led archaeological excavations in Ireland.

28 Kingsfurze gold

Mary Cahill uncovers documentary evidence relating to a hoard of Bronze Age gold from County Kildare.


30 Forgotten ships and hidden scripts Connie Kelleher, Karl Brady and Chris O’Neill reveal some secrets of Daniel O’Connell’s Summer House.

35 Siege and slaughter

In the first of a series of articles on siege archaeology, Damian Shiels considers the evidence of human remains from seventeenth-century siege locations in Ireland.

39 Butter lore

Conleth Manning proposes a possible magico-religious explanation for some bog butter.

40 Living it up in Lanestown

Mick Mongey introduces a littleknown tower-house in north County Dublin.


45 Flashing lights in the graveyard Harold Mytum, J.R. Peterson and Eve Campbell describe the use of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to understand preFamine memorials in County Mayo and encourage its wider use.

49 Know your monuments:

Early medieval cereal cultivation and processing In this contribution to the Know Your Monuments series, Muiris O’Sullivan and Liam Downey review the cultivation, kilndrying and milling of cereals in early medieval Ireland.

Cover image: The mid-winter sun viewed through the light box at Newgrange (Photo: Ken Williams).




Archaeology Ireland Winter 2019

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