Rathcroghan Archaeological Conference
The Cruachan Aí Centre in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon Ireland is hosting an Archaeological Conference from April 13th – 15th to highlight the important archaeological work carried out in the Rathcroghan area over the past ten years. Papers are invited on the theme of physical and mythical archaeological landscape interpretation.
Title: Rathcroghan An Enigmatic Landscape
Topic: The physical and mythical landscape of a Royal Site
Rathcroghan is an ancient Royal site, located in the west of Ireland, noted via ancient text as being home to a powerful warrior people and one of the three great burial mounds of Ireland dating to the Iron Age. The royal site of Rathcroghan has never been excavated, but instead surveyed using a range of advancing non-intrusive archaeological techniques.
Saturday 14th April
The conference will run for three days, the highlight of which will be a series of talks Prof. John Waddell (NUI Galway) on Rathcroghan detailing the surveys carried out by himself and his team over the past decades. Joe Fenwick (NUI Galway) and Kevin Barton (LGS) will present on the various techniques utilised in uncovering the archaeological monuments in the Rathcroghan Complex, including new LiDAR data for the region.
Jacqueline Cahill Wilson of the Discovery Programme will also present on the Late Iron Age and ‘Roman’ Ireland project currently underway. There will be a number of other speakers discussing topics from interpretation and presentation of the landscape to possible unidentified sites within the Rathcroghan Complex, an area with over 200 archaeological monuments including.
Sunday 15th April
The speakers on Sunday will cover a wide range of topics concerning advances in archaeology and interpretation and representation of historical monuments. These talks will give current researchers a chance to present their new theories and show how Irish archaeology is advancing in the 21th century.
If you would like to attend please contact Gary Dempsey on (0)71 9639268 or email Cruachanai@gmail.com, special group rates available upon enquiry.