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# Archaeology

All time
# angkor what?
Centuries-old statue that guarded a hospital unearthed in ancient Cambodian temple
The statue was found 40 centimetres underground during an excavation in the Angkor complex.
# Sunken Ship
Main Lusitania telegraph finally recovered from Cork seabed
The ship sank off the Cork coast in 1915 after it was hit by a German U-boat torpedo.
# discoveries in the deep
New sonar searches for Spanish Armada wreckage to take place in Co Sligo
We talked to an archaeologist who’s been working on uncovering some of the shipwrecks.
# Luxor
Mummies and 1,000 statues found in search of 3,500-year-old tomb
“This is an important discovery.”
# job goals
This man has your childhood dream job: Neil the archaeologist speaks to the people who have the jobs you wanted as a kid.
# Ten commandments
Cave where priceless Dead Sea Scrolls were kept discovered in Judean desert
It’s thought the cave, one of 12 above the Dead Sea, was looted in the 1950s.
# Winter Solstice
These bird's-eye views of Newgrange from above are jaw-dropping
You can also catch a glimpse of its neighbours Knowth and Dowth.
# well stone me
Major megalithic art find at Hellfire Club passage tomb
The motifs are similar to those found at the major passage tombs in the country, such as Newgrange.
# passage grave
Watch: Archaeologists explore an ancient tomb beside the Hellfire Club
A team led by Neil Jackman are attempting to uncover the site’s secrets.
# improving ireland
Volunteers are reclaiming this motte and bailey after decades of neglect and bonfires
Several sites around Ireland are being ‘adopted’ by their local communities.
# historic eatin
Someone has just worked out what the Irish ate for breakfast over 2,000 years ago
A new UCC-based project has been looking into the mysteries of what our forefathers ate each day.
# Bone Idols
Four medieval skeletons have been found in Kilkenny
They were all found at a new museum in the city.
# Human Remains
Bones of victims of 6,000 year old massacre discovered in France
Experts believe the attack was likely carried out by “furious ritualised warriors”.
# big find
This bear bone discovery in Sligo could re-write Irish history
The examination of a bear patella shows that humans were in Ireland 2,500 years earlier than thought.
# pallasboy vessel
Here's what it takes to remake a mysterious Iron Age vessel by hand in 2015
A team from Ireland and England are trying their hand – with impressive results.
# Family Tree
New species of human discovered in South African cave
“Today will be written into the history books as one of those moments in which the world learnt something new and remarkable.”
# superhenge
Stonehenge researchers discover 'one of the largest stone monuments in Europe'
The stones are thought to have been erected about 4,000 years ago.
# Treasure Trove
A Nazi train filled with gold has almost certainly been found buried in Poland
And everyone’s getting awfully excited.
# Hands Off
The oldest 'modern' hand in the world has been discovered
A 1.85 million-year-old bone from the little finger of a human ancestor has been discovered.
Why we should support the Heritage Council for another 20 years
Its funding has been decimated but it preserves our historical gems and pulls in tourists – what’s not to love?
# heritage ireland
"A place of sacrifice": Tour the stone circle that freaked out a 1930s psychic
Archaeologist Neil Jackman explores one of the country’s finest stone circles and the quiet final resting place of a remarkable penal times priest.
# heritage ireland
Step from Ireland's pre-Famine past to life in the New World in the Sperrins
Fancy stretching the legs over the Easter weekend? Archaeologist Neil Jackman has more suggestions for great historical sites to visit around the island of Ireland.
# holey cow
A digger driver has stumbled across a thousand-year-old tunnel in Kerry
It’s happened to us all…
A Spanish Armada cannonball just showed up on an Irish beach
Bit more interesting than crushed up cans of Dutch Gold anyway.
# Digging for Gold
Archaeologists are leaving the field because of poor pay
They want the living wage.
# Wonders of the World
Archaeology has had an amazing month: Here are 7 of the most exciting discoveries
The corner of a lost civilisation, a secret fortress and a 250-year-old pretzel.
# heritage ireland
See the house built by Clonmel schoolmasters to show off their love of history
The Careys had a round tower, a medieval Norman-style hall and Gothic and Romanesque arches in their palatial 19th century pad.
# super saint
(Saint) Patrick - The Bits They Left Out
Documents and archaeological evidence paint a picture of the man behind the legend.
# hidden heritage
Did you ever climb 121 steps up through Irish history? You should
St Canice’s Cathedral – and its fantastically-preserved round tower – is a jewel in the centre of medieval Kilkenny.
# heritage ireland
This dramatic Derry clifftop estate was a magnet for high society
Archaeologist Neil Jackman finds medieval magic in Limerick and a splendid demesne in Derry.
# heritage ireland
Ever heard of Darby's Bed? Diarmuid and Gráinne 'slept' here...
Discover this magical ancient site in Co Limerick, and a monastic complex that saved locals from slaughter in Kilkenny as Neil Jackman’s Heritage Ireland returns.
# gettin' jiggy with it
The cave where western humans got it on for the first time...
Scientists seems to think they’ve found the place.
# Climate Change
It seems that the Celtic Tiger was good for something...
Archaeology. It was good for archaeology.
# lay down your arms
Ancient Waterford site reveals Vikings moved from raiding to trading
New publication and guide uncover the 9th century power of a settlement at Woodstown on the River Suir.
# hidden history
Do you know anything about Ireland's secret War of Independence caves?
An archaeologist in Sligo has identified 35 used to hide people and ammunitions and needs your help to find more.
# Famine
No evidence of graves found at new Children's Hospital site
The Development Board for the new hospital confirmed that a study has found “no evidence of a grave or any other features of archaeological significance”.
# Hidden Ireland
Heritage Ireland: A born fighter, bloody battles and the castle at the heart of it
Archaeologist Neil Jackman criss-crosses the country to bring you a massive cairn in Sligo, a castle in Antrim with a bloody past, and a dolmen with an interesting supersition…
# hidden history
Heritage Ireland: The church at the crossroads of Dublin's ancient past
St Audoen’s in Dublin city centre stands by the most ancient road into Dublin. (And learn, too, about where the monks from Skellig Michael fled from their lonely rock in the sea.)
# Human Remains
Here's the ancient bog body discovered in Co Meath
Part of a leg and foot were discovered by Bord na Mona workers.
# Discovery
Danish archaeologists uncover ringed Viking fortress for first time in 60 years
The fortress was a genuine military facility and was probably the scene of fighting as well.