Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy

IAI are proud to be partners in the forthcoming conference – Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy, which takes place between Kilkenny and Dublin from 5-9th of November 2018. A range of excellent speakers and topical/informative workshops takes place during the conference, all as part of a celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Book your place early to avoid disappointment, this is one of the highlights of 2018 for all in the archaeological profession. Full details and bookings...

Dr. Eileen Reilly (RIP) – Friend, Colleague and former Vice-Chair

It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the tragic passing of our dear friend Dr Eileen Reilly MIAI. Eileen was Vice-Chair of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland from 2013 through to 2015. Eileen was an environmental archaeologist and one of few who specialised in archaeoentomology – the analysis of insect remains in archaeological soils. A graduate of Archaeology and Geography at University College Dublin in 1992, Eileen completed an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy at Sheffield University in 1995. Eileen worked on a number of research and commercial excavation projects as an archaeoentomologist between 1995-2002, including The Lisheen Mine Archaeological Project, Temple Bar West and Corlea Bog, and participated in the INTAR 3 research project in Novgorod, Russia. Eileen joined the Department of Botany at Trinity College Dublin, to carry out her PhD research examining insect biodiversity and woodland history change due to natural and human-driven influences. After completing her PhD in 2008, Eileen continued to enjoy working in both the research and commercial archaeological sectors, including high profile projects such as the multi-period wetland complex at Edercloon and the Early Medieval monastic site of Skellig Michael, as well as the EPA-funded project Extreme Weather, Climate and Natural Disasters in Ireland project, and the Discovery Programme’s Environmental Pilot Project. Between 2011-2013, Eileen worked with the National Museum by analysing samples from the iconic Viking Age Fishamble Street site, one of the very few archaeoentomological studies of a major urban settlement in Europe, which fuelled her post-doctoral research project at UCD Archaeology, ‘Dirt, Dwellings and Culture: Reconstructing living conditions in early medieval Ireland and Northwestern...

Board vacancies

The IAI is currently seeking expressions of interest from Members to serve on the Board of the Institute. The current vacancies are available:   Honorary Secretary Treasurer Ordinary Board Member   Any Full Member (MIAI) in good standing is eligible to serve on the Board. Please forward any expressions of interest by Friday 3rd August by emailing iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com or post to 63, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 to arrive before close of business on Friday 3rd August 2018.   Regards, IAI...

CPD workshop of post medieval pottery 13 October 2018

IAI is delighted to offer a CPD practical workshop of post-medieval pottery titled Pottery Identification (i) – post medieval pottery and associated material on Saturday 13th October 2018 in IAI office (Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland) 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. The trainers are Rosanne Meenan (Independent ceramic expert) and Frank Myles (Archaeology and Built Heritage). Places should be reserved in advance and people interested in attending should return the registration form by email to iaiarchaeology[at]gmail.com Course outline – Post-medieval pottery course outline Registration – Registration Form –...

CPD workshop on Experimental Archaeology Saturday 21 July

IAI is delighted to offer an experimental archaeology CPD workshop delivered by UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture, University College Dublin. The workshop titled Early medieval iron smelting workshop for archaeologists will take place on Saturday 21 July 2018 in the Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture within the grounds of UCD. The trainers are Dr. Brendan O’Neill and Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan. This event will focus on early medieval technologies, allowing attendees to actively participate in an iron smelt. This workshop is part of a series designed to engage with professionals, researchers and interested parties at all levels. The event is open to all. Places must be reserved in advance by emailed the completed registration form below to iaiarchaeology[at]gmail.com. Registration Form – 21.7.18 Course outline and schedule...

IAI Newsletter – open call for articles by 6 July

Dear Reader, As the new editor of the IAI Newsletter I’d like to put out a call for contributions for the summer edition of the Newsletter. I hope to follow on from the great work of the outgoing editor Charles Mount and also put my own stamp on the Newsletter. I’m looking for contributions of 100–1000 words, with up to 3 photos if needed. I would really love to share and showcase new excavations, research, state-funded projects, community-led projects, discoveries, news items etc etc from the whole island of Ireland – North and South. I also want to include a feature on specialisms and how they contribute to our better understanding of Irish Archaeology in 2018. So, if you specialise in animal bone or charcoal or prehistoric pottery or pollen etc etc please send me in • a synopsis on what you do, • what information you can gather from the sample/artefact/object, • current and past examples of important discoveries within your field, • how we as field archaeologists or research archaeologists can use this source of information to its best capacity. Finally, I’d like to add some fun features so we as members can get to know each other better. I was thinking of a “20 Questions” and a “Day In The Life” section. So, if you’d like to put your name forward for them please get in touch! The deadline for contributions has been extended to Friday 6th July. Please feel free to email me with any queries about possible contributions at newsletter@iai.ie and I’ll get back to you ASAP. I can’t promise that every contribution will make...