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Knowth finds put on display

A striking visual record of 22 years of excavation at the great mound of Knowth, in County Meath, went on display to the public at UCD yesterday, when the Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Dr T .K. Whitaker, declared open a major exhibition of the excavation results.

The exhibition, in the Arts Block at Belfield, includes large photographs and hundreds of artefacts from the site, which its excavator, Professor George Eogan, of UCD, said had captured the public imagination as well as having added to knowledge of archaeology.

The vast scale of the excavation work over an area of about nine acres is depicted in aerial and lateral photographs, and the artefacts found, including pottery, jewellery and tools, provide, Professor Eogan said, important evidence about the ordinary everyday activities of the people of the ancient settlement and burial ground during its several cultural phases.

T_ draíocht ar Leith ag baint leis na sean-Láthracha seo I lúb na Bóinne, draíocht a chuaigh í gcion ormsa go luath im shaol, said Dr Whitaker, describing how he explored the great Boyne Valley megalithic sites by bicycle as a boy.

The Dean of the Arts Faculty, Professor Breandan O Buachalla, said the exhibition would remind its viewers of something that was sometimes forgotten in public and private debate that universities were not only centres of teaching, but also centres of research, and that research was in fact intrinsic to the purpose of a university.

A series of lectures on Knowth by people involved in research on the site has been organised by the Arts Faculty of UCD, and will take place in lecture theatre A 109 at 1p.m. on May 7th, 9th and 11th, The exhibition itself will be open until May 12th, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday and 1p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays

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