Best wishes to all involved with the UCD School of Archaeology, past and present. We hope you had a good summer, despite the weather! We got a good taste of both sunshine and showers during our very successful Field School at Glenadalough that has just concluded. The beginning of September of course means preparation for the new academic year but specifically this year it marks important changes and developments for us.
This year our focus is on the immediate surrounds of the main monastic complex investigating anomalies identified in our geophysical survey including a potential early enclosure ditch. This expands upon our work last year that opened up a small trench in the field between the round tower and St Mary's church.
The overarching aim is to explore the early prehistory, especially the Mesolithic, of the Mar Lodge estate, a huge area of uplands in the heart of the Cairngorm mountains, Scotland. Previous estimates of hunter-gatherer activities dated to around 5000 BC, however, radiocarbon analysis of material from recent excavations have demonstrated that humans were presents as far back as 8100 BC.
UCD School of Archaeology supports the Unite Archaeological Branch – and indeed all our professional archaeological colleagues – in their recent efforts to ensure that all archaeologists receive pay and conditions commensurate with their qualifications and level of experience, and recognizes that this can best be achieved through a process of consultation and negotiation with employers.
Article in the Irish Times discusses UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology