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I thought this might be interesting to at least some of you out there:

Appalachian State University will be holding a series of Irish archaeology lectures, with the first being January 17. Other lectures in the series are to be in March and April. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Irish Archaeology Lecture Series Continues Jan. 17 at Appalachian State

BOONE— John Bradley from the National University of Ireland at Maynooth, Ireland, will speak at Appalachian State University on Tuesday, Jan. 17.  His talk, “Archaeology and the End of Irish History,” will begin at 6 p.m. in room 004 in the Old Library Classroom Building (the former Belk Library building).

The lecture is part of an Irish archaeology series organized by Appalachian’s Department of History in conjunction with Eastern Carolina University. The lecture is free and the public is welcome.

Bradley is a senior lecturer in NUI’s Department of History. He is author of “Viking Dublin Exposed: The Wood Quay Saga,” and has been the excavator of numerous archaeological sites, most notably the Moynagh Lough Crannog in County Meath. 

Bradley will talk about past and recent controversies between scholars and the Irish government. In the 1970s, the construction of a civic office building at Wood Quay along Dublin’s River Liffey unearthed the largest, best-preserved Viking urban site ever found. 

The clash between the demands of progress and the need to understand the past resulted in public protests, court battles, and an instance of at least one priest chaining himself to a bulldozer in an attempt to stop construction on the site.

Today, the discovery of an early Viking site in County Waterford and the planned construction of the M3 motorway through the Tara valley have ignited similar controversies.

Future lectures in 2006 are:

In early March, Dr. Aidan O’Sullivan of the National University of Ireland in Dublin and author of The Archaeology of Lake Settlement in Ireland will talk about his experiences as an underwater archaeologist in “Living at the Edge? Maritime Archaeology and Early Medieval Ireland.”

At the end of April, Dr. Kieran O’Connor of the National University of Ireland at Galway and author of The Archaeology of Medieval Rural Settlement in Ireland will lecture on “Digging up my Ancestor’s Castles.”

For more information, call Mary Valante in the Department of History at 262-2282.

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Time:2006-01-13 09:22 pm (UTC)
will you be going? i think i will, it's my old school after all and my mother an i are leaving on vacation the next day from Boone... i'll be in town anyway

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Time:2006-01-13 10:58 pm (UTC)
I won't be going to the one on the 17th, but I'm hoping to catch at least the one in March. I'm wanting to treat myself to a trip back home to the mountains of NC for my birthday.
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