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Ireland’s Archaeological History with Queens University Belfast | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 92

Calling all budding archaeologists- this is your chance to dig in the Irish dirt and earn college credits!

Today I'm talking with Eileen Murphy, Professor of Archaeology at Queens University Belfast, about Ireland's archaeological history and QUB Archaeological Field School.

stone circle and alignment in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Ireland's Archaeological History

(1:00) Eileen Murphy, Professor of Archaeology at Queens University Belfast

We met a few times at Milwaukee Irish Fest and, after long discussions about archaeology, my daughter declared that she wanted to attend Queens University Belfast (QUB).

(2:25) Ireland's Rich Archaeological History

Ireland's human history extends back about 10,000 years to Mesolithic period.

The Neolithic period, around 4000 BC, is when humans begin building Megalithic tombs.

Moving forward into the Bronze Age people begin individual burials.

Metal work, including gold hoards, and bog bodies are remnants of the Iron Age in Ireland.

Moving into early Medieval times and Christianity the illuminated manuscripts and castle fortifications survive.

Following this were Viking, Norman, and the Plantation of Ireland by the English.

Much of Ireland's pre-history pre-dates the pyramids of Egypt.

Northern Ireland pottery finds
Cleaned finds at QUB Archaeological Field School

(8:00) Why Does Ireland have So Much Archaeological History?

Ireland is a very rural country which has helped to protect the archaeological sites. Superstitions have also helped preserve the sites.

Ireland is a terrific country to visit if you have an interest in archaeology.

Heritage centres are a terrific place to learn more about the sites you are visiting.

(10:37) About Queens University Belfast Archaeology Department

At Queens University Belfast they combine archaeology and paleoecology, the study of past environments.

The Center for Community Archaeology is quite active with communities, especially in Northern Ireland.

QUB was founded in 1845. The first foray into archaeology was in 1913, and an archaeology department was established in the 1940s.

Queens University Belfast Archaeological Field School
A muddy, but happy, Brenna after a day with QUB Archaeological Field School

(15:50) Archaeological Field School at Queens University Belfast

June 1- July 3, 2020

An opportunity for archaeology students from other countries to work alongside Irish students in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

QUB Archaeological Field School 2020

(22:00) Join Your College-Aged Child for a Family Trip in Northern Ireland!

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County Fermanagh lakelands. Do visit the islands in Lough Erne.
Discover the treasures of Lower Lough Erne.

County Tyrone – Beaghmore Stone Circles and the Dark Sky Observatory at Davagh Forest and the Hill of the O'Neill in Dungannon.

Navan Fort, County Armagh

(30:35) Learn More about Archaeology at Queens University Belfast

Follow QUB Archaeology at Queens on Facebook

For field school questions and information email

(31:39) Thanks for Listening!

Janus sculpture, Boa Island, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Ireland's archaeological history with Queens University Belfast
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