Vote of thanks

Thanks to everyone who attended our conference last week, you really helped to make it a great success. Particular thanks go to our speakers on the day, Ellen O’Carroll, Isabella Mulhall, Gill Plunkett, Orla-Peach Power, Eileen Reilly and Lorna O’Donnell, and to all their collaborators. Meriel McClatchie introduced the conference and Mick Monk responded to all the presentations by highlighting many of the discussion points raised during the sessions. Special mention and thanks also to the main chairs (Ben Geary and Michael Ryan) for their work during the day, our invited guests (Gill Campbell and Chris Caseldine) and the facilitators of the discussion sections in the afternoon (James Eogan, Ben Geary, Steve Davis, Fiona Beglane and Penny Johnston).

We would also like to thank the National Monuments Service and the National Botanic Gardens for their support, and to the Association of Environmental Archaeology for sponsoring the student poster prize.

Further news and discussions on environmental archaeology in Ireland can be found on our blog.

Some programme details

We’ve just added some details about the speakers and titles to our Programme Page. Topics range from wetlands and woodlands, bog bodies, climate change, early medieval agriculture and urban life.

Ellen O’Carroll’s talk is “Wetlands and woodlands – from Littleton to Lisheen” and, staying with wetland archaeology, Isabella Mulhall will talk about bog bodies in a talk titled “Secrets of the bog revealed – the National Museum of Ireland Bog Bodies Research Project.” Gill Plunkett will discuss “Methodological and conceptual advances in understanding climate impacts on past cultures.” Orla-Peach Power will talk about early medieval agriculture (“A bumper harvest: refining the case for early medieval agriculture in Ireland”) and Eileen Reilly will discuss vermin and other aspects of early urban life “‘Of man, rat, flea and microbe’: New understandings of medieval life from urban environmental archaeology.”

We are also looking forward to welcoming two visiting speakers, Gill Campbell (Head of Environmental Studies at Historic England) and Chris Caseldine (Professor of Quaternary Environmental Change at the University of Exeter).

Interested in attending? Register here.