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Explore Tower Houses and Other Medieval Buildings of Lecale in partnership with the Historic Environment Division of the Department for Communities

 

Saturday 18th March 2017

9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Meeting at Down County Museum at 9.20am

Admission : £25

(including 2 course lunch at the Lobster Pot, Strangford)

 

Join us for this special bus tour exploring the medieval heritage of Lecale.

Visit a range of sites including Inch Abbey, Quoile Castle, Audley’s Castle, Strangford Castle, Kilclief Castle, Ardtole Church and Jordan’s Castle.

Pre-booking for this day of exploration is essential.

As the exploration will be outdoors, please ensure to wear suitable clothing and footwear.

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Explore Tower Houses and Other Medieval Buildings of Lecale

Saturday 18th March 2017

I enclose my cheque for £25.00 for the full day’s activities, including lunch.

Please make cheques payable to Down County Museum and send to:

 

Down CountyMuseum, The Mall, English Street, Downpatrick, Co Down, BT30 6AH

(Please note: the Museum is unable to make refunds upon cancellation)

 

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St Patrick's Week Conference at Down County Museum

 

Medieval Warfare in Down

Thursday 16th March 2017

 

Programme

 

9.30-9.50       Registration

9.50-10.00     Welcome by Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

10.00-10.45   Tom McNeill, School of Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen'sUniversity, Belfast

                        John de Courcy's dilemma: Downpatrick or Carrickfergus as his capital?

10.45-11.15   Tea/coffee/scones

11.15-12.00   William Roulston, Research Director, Ulster Historical Foundation

                        Edward Bruce in Ireland, 1315-18

12.00-12.45   Terry Barry, Professor Emeritus, School of History and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin

                         Defence in Late Medieval Down

12.45-1.15     Questions and discussion

1.15-2.00       Lunch in the Cathedral View Tearoom in the Museum

2.15                Special visit by coach to Dundrum Castle - in partnership with the Historic Environment Division of the Department for Communities

4.30                Return to Museum

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St Patrick’s Week Conference at Down County Museum:

Medieval Warfare in Down – Thursday 16th March 2017

I enclose my cheque for £20.00 for the full day’s activities, including lunch.

Please make cheques payable to Down County Museum and send to:

 

Down County Museum, The Mall, English Street, Downpatrick, Co Down, BT30 6AH

(Please note: the Museum is unable to make refunds upon cancellation)

 

I require/do not require a vegetarian lunch. Please specify if other requirement

(please delete as appropriate)

Name(s) ……………………………………………………………………………………...

Address ……………………………………………………………………………………..

Tel No ……………………………………………………………………………………….

Email address……………………………………………………………………………

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Identity, Architecture and Conflict in the North of Ireland: New perspectives on the role of crannogs.

The next lecture is this Monday 27th February 2016.  Dr Paul Logue from the Department for Communities: Historic Environment Division will be giving a lecture entitled 'Identity, Architecture and Conflict in the North of Ireland: New perspectives on the role of crannogs.'

The lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Elmwood Building, Queen's University at 8pm.

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2017 AGM

The Society's AGM will be on Monday 13th February at 7.45pm

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IPMAG Conference 3rd-5th February 2017

The Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG) 2017 conference will be held next weekend, 3rd-5th February, at the Wood Quay Venue in Dublin city centre.This year's theme focuses on the theory and practise of Improvement as it impacted Ireland in the Post-Medieval era.  For more details please see the IPMAG website: http://ipmag.ie/

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The Must Farm Excavations

Our next lecture is next Monday 30th January. We are very excited to have David Gibson from Cambridge Archaeology Unit, talking about the recent, impressive excavation of the Must Farm Bronze Age site in Cambridgeshire. As always the lecture will begin at 8pm sharp in the Elmwood Building, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast.  Lectures are open to everyone and free to attend.

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Professor Peter Woodman

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Prof. Peter Woodman. Very sad news today of his passing. He was always a great friend to the Ulster Archaeological Society and will be sadly missed.

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UAS Monograph publication

The first UAS Monograph has been published and is available to download for free from this website.  This Monograph details the results of excavations at Carnmeen Ringfort, Co. Down carried out by Headland Archaeology from 2006-07.  

Ulster Archaeological Monographs are a series of archaeological reports and studies which are larger than would fit within the confines of the Ulster Journal of Archaeology. A major aim is to publish large excavation reports, in PDF format, to be downloaded freely from this web site.  The monographs are designed to function as standard academic publications. However, electronic publication is not only cheaper than print but also permits some new developments, particularly to help those who wish to use the publications during research. 

Offers of proposed monographs are welcome. Details of the UAM House Style may be obtained from Ulster Archaeological Monographs, as may details of the Content and Format appropriate to an Annexe of Schedules. Please email enquiries to m.avery@archaeol.com

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Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Volume 72

The new volume of the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Volume 72, has now been printed and will be coming through member's letter boxes very soon!

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Book Sale - Thursday 8th December, 10am-4pm
Historic Environment Division (formerly NIEA Built Heritage) are having a book sale! With titles covering the archaeology of 9,000 years in Northern Ireland, titles range 'Harry Welsh's Tomb Travel' at £5, Ruairi O Baoill's 'Island City' at £8 and 'Carrickfergus' at £5; this one off sale will provide an opportunity to pick up some real bargains. With up to 70% off books plus numerous booklets, leaflets, slide sets and posters for free, this one opportunity could provide you with some great Christmas presents or additions to your library. Written by some of Northern Ireland's leading archaeologists this is truly a unique chance to acquire some beautifully written and illustrated publications. In addition we have many small publications associated with different sites and guidance for owners of listed buildings - all of which are free. 
 
The book sale will take place at Causeway Exchange reception on Thursday 8th December between 10am and 4pm.
 
Only cheques or cash can be accepted as payment.

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The Origins of the Irish
Professor Jim Mallory will be delivering the final lecture of 2016 on 5th December 2016. The topic of the lecture will be ‘The Origins of the Irish’, this will be familiar to many of you as it is the title of his brilliant 2013 book. This will undoubtedly be a fascinating lecture.
As always the lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Elmwood Building, Queen's University at 8pm sharp.

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Bronze Age metal technology workshop
Barrie Hartwell will be running a repeat of the workshop on Bronze metalwork which he gave earlier this year for those people that missed it. This is an informal session for small numbers in which I introduce Bronze Age technology and you get the opportunity to handle actual artefacts. No previous knowledge required.
The street door is locked in the evening so ensure you are there by 7pm so Barrie and please let the UAS Secretary know in good time if you intend to come. Please note that the venue is the Archaeology and Palaeoecology Building in Fitzwilliam Street, not the Elmwood Building in Elwood Avenue where we hold our lectures.

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Pub Quiz

The UAS along with the Belfast Geologists and the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club are hosting a pub quiz on Tuesday 15th November. Come along to the Parador Bar on the Ormeau Road at 8pm to get quizzing and have some fun! 

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Motte, Medieval Church and the Normans at Mount Stewart.

The next lecture is on Monday 14th Novemeber 2016.  Randal Scott, UAS and Survey Group member will deliver a lecture entitled 'Motte, Medieval Church and the Normans at Mount Stewart'.  The survey of this site was carried out by members of the survey group back in April 2015 and Randal's lecture will tell the fascinating story of the site which he uncovered while writing the report.

As always the lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Elmwood Building, Queen's University at 8pm sharp.

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Dun Mhuirich, a place of greater safety. The story of a Clan McNeil stronghold.

The next lecture is on Monday 31st October 2016.  Roddy Regan of the Kilmartin House Museum will be talking to the UAS about Dun Mhuirich, a place of greater safety.  The story of a Clan McNeil stronghold.  The excavation of this important site included support from Queen’s University and the Ulster University and members of the society visited the site during the 2014 Argyle field trip.

As always the lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Elmwood Building, Queen's University at 8pm sharp.

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Annual Dinner

The UAS annual dinner will be held at Belfast Castle on Thursday 20th October at 7.30pm.  Please email Anne MacDermott ( macdermottanne@gmail.com )  for more information and to book your place.

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Weapons, Warfare and how the Vikings changed Ireland

With the summer break over, our monthly lectures will recommence on Monday 26th September.  Dr Andrew Halpin from the National Museum of Ireland will give a lecture entitled 'Weapons, Warfare and how the Vikings changed Ireland'.  The lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Elmwood Building, Queen's University at 8pm.  Hope to see you there!

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HMS Caroline Fieldtrip

Just a reminder for any members who have put their name down for the HMS Caroline fieldtrip, that the tour will commence at 7pm so please arrive a bit earlier so that tickets may be purchased.  The cost is £12.50 and there is some parking available on site. 

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HMS Caroline

The next lecture is on Monday 30th May 2016.  Victoria Millar will be talking to the UAS about the HMS Caroline - history, current restoration and prospects.  As always the lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Elmwood Building, Queen's University at 8pm.

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Lisburn Castle Gardens

The next lecture is on Monday 25th April 2016.  In a slight change to the schedule Stefanie McMullan and Ruairí ÓBaoill will be talking to the UAS about Lisburn Castle Gardens.  As always the lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Elmwood Building, Queen's University at 8pm.

Please note that the HMS Caroline lecture will now be on Monday 20th May 2016.

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Francis Joseph Bigger and the Celtic Revival in Belfast

The next lecture is this Monday 14th March 2016.  Rodger Dixon of the National Museums of Northern Ireland  will be giving a lecture entitled 'Francis Joseph Bigger And the Celtic Revival in Belfast'.  F J Bigger was the editor of the second series of the Ulster Journal of Archaeology from 1894 to 1914.

The lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Elmwood Building, Queen's University at 8pm.

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The Dungiven Costume: Exploring the archaeology of identity in early modern Ulster

The first lecture of the 2016 programme will be on Monday 29th February.  Professor Audrey Horning (Queen's University) will be giving a lecture entitled 'The Dungiven Costume: Exploring the archaeology of identity in early modern Ulster'.  The lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Elmwood Building, Queen's University at 8pm.  Hope to see you there!

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The NI Science Festival

The NI Science Festival will return this year from 18th – 28th February.  The programme has lots of events for families and adults including several acitivities and talks organised by the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology. 

Some events that may interest our members are listed via the clickable links below

Adults

Wed 24th              From Forest to Farmland

Wed 24th              For the Love of Open Mapping

Thurs 25th            From the Cosmos to the City

Sat 27th                The Dating Game

 

Kids & Parents

Fri 19th                  From Fossil Humans and Animal Bones to Stone Age Tools and Paint

Sat 20th                 Get Mapping with GAP

Sun 21st                Sherlock Holmes, CSI and Geology

Sun 21st                Mummy Mania

Sat 27th                 What they Ate!  Looking at Diets in the Past

 

A full programme can be found at www.nisciencefestival.com

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IPMAG Conference 5-7 February 2016

The Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG) will be holding its annual conference on 5 -7 February 2016 at Dundalk County Museum.  For more information and to view the conference programme please click here

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AGM - 25 January 2016

The Society's AGM will be on Monday 25th January at 7.45pm

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Bronze Age metal technology workshop
Barrie Hartwell will be running a repeat of the workshop on Bronze metalwork which he gave earlier this year for those people that missed it. This is an informal session for small numbers in which I introduce Bronze Age technology and you get the opportunity to handle actual artefacts. No previous knowledge required.
The street door is locked in the evening so ensure you are there by 7pm so Barrie and please let the UAS Secretary know in good time if you intend to come. Please note that the venue is the Archaeology and Palaeoecology Building in Fitzwilliam Street, not the Elmwood Building in Elwood Avenue where we hold our lectures.

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