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Archaeology Research Grant Reports

Archaeology Research Grants Awarded 2020

22 June 2020

Please click download to view a list of the most recent Archaeology grants awarded. Individual reports will be published here in 2021.

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Experiencing Trevelyan’s Corn: Using novel methods in bioarchaeology to reveal the effect of relief food on the bodies of the victims of the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852)

06 September 2019

This project used the analysis of carbon and nitrogen isotopes, and the microscopic study of bones to better understand the impact of the introduction of Indian meal into Irish diets.

Lauren Meckel Download

Surveying Knockloon: Revealing a ceremonial complex on the edge of the Burren

03 September 2019

This project involved the carrying out of a detailed aerial survey of Knockloon hill using a SUA (a small unmanned aircraft or drone).

Rós O Maoldúin Download

Powerhouse of the West?: The possible wider influence of Irish Bronze Age material culture and ritual practices

01 September 2019

This project re-evaluates the present Ex Occidente Lux paradigm for the origins of metalworking in Ireland.

David Bell Download

Visualising the medieval O'Kelly caput at Lough Croan, Co. Roscommon

31 August 2019

The project seeks to use LiDAR to aid in understanding a landscape which has been identified as an area of central importance to the O'Kelly lords of Uí Maine throughout the medieval period.

Daniel Curley Download