Looking back, moving forward: 70 years of environmental archaeology in Ireland

It is almost 70 years since the publication of Frank Mitchell’s seminal paper “Evidence of early agriculture” in the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. In this paper, Mitchell outlined exciting new scientific approaches for investigating agriculture and environments in ancient Ireland. Since the publication of this paper, environmental archaeology in Ireland has grown and flourished. Environmental archaeologists now explore human-environment interactions through the scientific investigation of many different types of remains, including preserved plants, wood, animal bones, insects and other materials. These analyses can reveal what people ate in the past, how they organised their economies, and how people interacted with their local environments and wider landscapes.

Environmental Archaeology Ireland (EAI) is hosting a conference to celebrate 70 years of Irish environmental archaeology on Friday 19th February 2016 at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.

This conference will seek to explore how environmental archaeology developed in Ireland, where we are now, and how we can move forward. What are the strengths and expertise in Irish environmental archaeology? Where are the gaps in knowledge and skills? What are the challenges in practice? Through a day of lectures and interactive discussion, this conference will seek to set out a vision for environmental archaeology in 21st century Ireland.

This conference is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of the National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Attendance will be free, but registration will be required. We will open registration in November 2015. Watch this space for further information!