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# Archaeology

This year
Researchers find evidence of drug use during Bronze Age ceremonies
Chemicals found in three hair samples in Spain are the first direct evidence of ancient drug use in Europe.
Workers unearth old Dublin city basin that was a social hotspot in the 1830s
The basin – which supplied drinking water to 90 streets – is located near St James’s Hospital in Dublin 8.
Stone Age discovery in Kenya fuels mystery of who made early tools
In the past, scientists assumed that our direct ancestors were the only toolmakers.
Last year
Decision on hotel near Rock of Cashel site gets put on hold as council seeks more information
The plans have been heavily criticised by heritage experts who fear the site will be “destroyed” if the plan goes ahead.
Fears historic Rock of Cashel site will be 'forever changed' if hotel gets approval
Archaeologists have appealed for people to make submissions on the project ahead of Monday’s deadline.
Men found in shallow grave under Cork pub met a violent death centuries ago, say archaeologists
Skeletal remains found on the site of Nancy Spain’s pub in Cork have been determined to date back to as early as 1447.
'You're really not supposed to use them': Expert critical of sale of metal detectors in supermarket
The items were seen at a leading chain recently.
All time
Historical skeletal remains of six people found at site of former Cork pub
The new discoveries come almost two weeks after the initial discovery of skeletal remains.
Over 1,600-year-old wooden pagan idol found in Roscommon bog
The ‘pre-St Patrick’ pagan idol is the largest of just a dozen idols found in Ireland to date.
Reindeer bone found in Cork cave shows human activity in Ireland 33,000 years ago
The bone fragment was found at Castlepook Cave near Doneraile in north Cork where a mammoth bone was discovered in 1972.
1,500-year-old human remains found during building work in Co Wicklow
The scene was initially sealed off by gardaí.
Archaeologists in Mexico discover wreck of Mayan slave ship from 1850s
The ship had been used to take Mayas captured during the 1847-1901 rebellion to work in sugar cane fields.
Quiz: How much do you know about Ireland's archaeological sites?
From north to south, we go way back.
Archaeologists discover new prehistoric circle near Stonehenge
Evidence has been found of 20 or more prehistoric shafts forming a circle around the Durrington Walls henge.
Evidence of settlement from 400-500 AD and human burials discovered in Co Waterford
The recent excavation uncovered nine human burials on Gallows Hill in Dungarvan.
Archaeologist believes crannóg site has been discovered in Co Galway
Local man Jimmy Ó Céide discovered the site while out walking after Storm Brendan.
A bridge too far? A medieval city left with a "token" wall
In the third part of Noteworthy’s investigation, we delve into the issues surrounding the controversial demolition of two historic houses and the gable wall that remains “encased in a tomb of steel girders”.
Watch: Irish archaeologists abroad transform 360-year-old Iceland shipwreck into virtual reality
Two Irish maritime archaeologists living in Iceland and Australia have created a virtual reality video of an old shipwreck.
Archaeologists uncover megalithic monument thought to be unlike any found in Ireland to date
The discovery was made by a team of archaeologists from IT Sligo during a two-week excavation.
A footprint found in Chile is 'oldest' in Americas, scientists say
The scientists say the footprint dates from at least 15,600 years ago.
Photos: Previously unknown monuments unearthed using Google Earth imagery
Monuments dating from several centuries to several millennia ago are visible in the imagery taken in June 2018.
Researchers discover 40 mummies at ancient Egyptian burial site
The mummies included adults, children and animals.
'Remarkable archaeological discoveries' made near Newgrange passage tomb
A report sheds new light on discoveries made this summer.
Archaeologists unearth 4,400-year-old tomb of Egyptian high priest
The tomb belongs to “Wahtye”, a high priest who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare.
Archaeology firm denies workers' dispute - accuses union of 'trying to disrupt employees' lives'
The company said it is already paying staff more than the union recently agreed with another archaeology firm.
‘I knew I'd never do anything as important again’: Wood Quay Archaeologist over 40 years on
One of the most controversial events of the 1970s the bulldozing of Dublin’s Wood Quay is the subject of a new TG4 documentary.
Archaeologists discover historic remains of two people during community dig in Waterford
The remains, found in Gallows Hill in Dungarvan, are believed to date from the 17th Century.
Your summer in Ireland: 5 must-see sites in Cork City
Take our challenge and tick off as many glorious sites this summer as recommended by heritage officers around Ireland.
This really, really old piece of cheese has been found in Egypt
It is thought to date back more than 3,200 years.
Your summer in Ireland: 5 must-see sites in Roscommon
Take our challenge and tick off as many glorious sites this summer as recommended by heritage officers around Ireland.
Another new archaeological discovery in the Boyne Valley has just come to light
After two years of work, a drone photograper has found the apparent remains of a barrow cemetery
It's been a 'mind-blowing' few weeks for neolithic discoveries near Newgrange - here's what's been happening
The area still has much to reveal.
'The find of a lifetime': Megalithic passage tomb dating back 5,500 years found in Co Meath
To date, two burial chambers have been discovered within the western part of the main passage.
Mexico earthquake unearths a temple dedicated to an ancient rain god
The structure is believed to date back to around the year 1150.
A ghostly Famine-era village and a Pirate Queen castle: Put Achill on your 'to-do' list
Archaeologist Neil Jackman explores the historical treasures of Achill Island as part of his new book on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Heritage Department has ‘no intention’ of investigating mysterious Loughcrew ‘find’
A group of workers posted a video on Facebook purporting to have found something at the ancient site.
Thousands of people tuned in to watch winter solstice from Newgrange
Unfortunately, weather conditions weren’t great this morning.
Column: How has a major medieval abbey in the centre of Dublin been forgotten?
The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr was founded in 1177, under the orders of King Henry II, writes Dr Ruth Johnson.
Ancient stone structures discovered in Saudi Arabian desert using Google Maps
The purpose and function of these “Gates” remains and mystery.
'We have members from 18 to 90': Locals dig in to help uncover three burials at Swords Castle
Over 300 volunteers have helped out on community digs at the castle since 2015.