Friday, 24 April 2009

New Childrens Book!

NAC are proud to announce the upcomming release of a new archaeological book aimed at children. This book was produced by the Roads Service, Jacobs and NAC and is due to be launched on the 17th of June.

The book tells the story of neolithic to bronze age settlement and burials through the eyes of three guides, Archie the Archaeologist, Niall Ithic and Bron Sage.
The aim of this publication is to educate children about the day to day life of our ancient ancestors through the medium of archaeology and storytelling.

This book will be released through the Roads Service and more information about the publication will be available here after its release.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Ulster Archaeological Society events for 2009.

Mon 27th of April: Paul Masser, Headland Archaeology
The Archaeology of the Dungannon - Ballygawley Roadworks.

8th to 10th of May: County Field Trip: Co. Longford*

Mon 11th May: Paula Rymer, 14 Chrono: QUB Carbon Dating Department
AMS Carbon Dating at Queen’s, Why size matters.

23rd to 30th of May: Field Trip, Normandy*

Mon 8th of June: Field Trip (evening) Carrickfergus*

Sat 20th of June: Field Trip Rathlin*

Sat 8th of August: Field Trip National Museum Dublin*

Mon 24th August: Field Trip (evening) *

Mon 28th of Sept: Martin Keery, Gahan and Long Ltd.
The Excavation of Former Glassworks Site Sirroco works Belfast.

Mon 26th of Oct: Frazer Hunter, National Museums of Scotland.
The Romans in Scotland, Latest work.

Thurs 22nd of Oct: Annual Dinner *

Mon 16th Nov: Jonathan Bell, Rundale in the Glens of Antrim, Findings from The Glens of Antrim Historical Society’s Clachan Project,

Mon 7th of Dec: Chris Hunt, Queens University, Belfast.
50,000 years in the Rain Forest of Borneo.

Mon 25th of Jan 2010: Annual General meeting at 7:45pm*

* details will be announced through the newsletter and at the lectures.

If you are interested in any of these informative evenings and outings, please contact the Ulster Archaeological Society through their website here, or alternatively through there email address here.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

BAR Published

NAC would also like to announce the recent launch of our first BAR. This publication is based upon the the Archaeological Investigations along the A1 Dualling Scheme, Loughbrickland to Beech Hill, Co. Down, N. Ireland (2005).

At the Loughbrickland site we uncovered the remains of three Neolithic houses and two Late Bronze Age barrow cemeteries, the cremated remains of 22 men, women and children were recovered from the cemeteries. Artefacts uncovered during the excavation include complete pottery bowls, polished stone axes and flint arrowheads. We also found evidence of what these prehistoric people would have eaten, in the form of pig bones, apple seeds, and carbonised grain.

If you would like more information on this publication, or are interested in purchasing it please follow this link. Alternatively you could visit us at our website here.

Article in Current Archaeology.

NAC are pleased to announce that our article "Excavating the slums of Belfast'' has been published in issue 229 of Current Archaeology. This article by site director Colin Dunlop details the archaeological investigation carried out at St Annes Square, Belfast, in the summer of 2007 as well as the history of this "depraved" area of the city. If you are interested in learning more about this article please follow this link for more information.