Boyne Valley Tours

New Archaeology in Prehistory - National Museum Autumn Lecture Series 2009

Recent Revelations about Ireland's First Settlers evening lecture series at the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology at Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

The lecture themes were inspired by the Museum's new display of the oldest fishing traps in Ireland and recent findings from analysis of jadeitite axe heads. Evening lectures will start at 6pm at Kildare Street. Each evening there are two 30-minute lectures. No booking required, free admission. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Wednesday 14th October @ 6pm

Discovering the Irish Mesolithic: ‘The First Settlers of Ireland'
Speaker: Dr Graeme Warren - UCD School of Archaeology.

‘Mud and Mire- What Lies Beneath? The archaeological excavation of a late Mesolithic
platform and possible mooring at Clowanstown, Co Meath'
Speaker: Matt Mossop MA MGSDip MIAI - Director, Archaeological Consultancy Ltd

Wednesday 21st October @ 6pm

Prehistoric Irish fish traps: ‘Fishing for clues: A curious assemblage of baskets from Clowanstown, Co. Meath'
Speaker: Dr Maria FitzGerald, RPA Project Archaeologist.

‘Conservation of some Mesolithic Fish baskets from Clowanstown, Co. Meath'
Speakers: Dr Karena Morton - National Museum of Ireland
Kasia Bernaciak - free-lance archaeological conservator.

Wednesday 28th October @ 6pm

Stone Axes: ‘Stories from Stones: Investigating Irish Stone Axes'
Speaker: Emmet O' Keeffe, UCD School of Archaeology.

‘Green treasures from the magic mountains: Neolithic axe heads of jadeitite and other Alpine rocks'
Speaker: Dr Alison Sheridan - Head of Early Prehistory, National Museums Scotland

Wednesday 4th November @ 6pm

Living in the Neolithic: ‘Monumentality and Ritual in the Neolithic'
Speaker: Professor Muiris O'Sullivan - UCD School of Archaeology

‘Tales from the hearth: New research on Neolithic settlement in Ireland'
Speaker: Dr Jessica Smyth - UCD School of Archaeology

Each Wednesday evening two guest speakers will share information on Ireland's Mesolithic hunter-gatherers and Neolithic farmers. Topics explored will include both sacred and domestic spaces, early fishing techniques and exotic jadeitite axes. For further information contact: Education and Outreach Department: 01 648 6332, Email:

Boyne Valley Private Day Tour

Boyne Valley Tours
Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and culture of the Boyne Valley with our full-day private tours. Visit Newgrange World Heritage site, explore the Hill of Slane, where Saint Patrick famously lit the Paschal fire. Discover the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of power for the High Kings of Ireland. Book Now