Seanda Ezine is an online magazine that features occasional articles relating to new archaeological discoveries and resources from TII Archaeology & Heritage. It represents an electronic continuation of Seanda magazine, which was published between 2006 and 2013, and can be accessed here.
Archaeological facial reconstruction in IrelandJUN 07TH, 2017
Archaeological facial reconstruction integrates rigorous scientific methodologies with an artistic dimension to reconstruct the human countenance from skeletal material. We can use this endeavour and these faces to connect to our shared human past. Through this, we see that those that came before us are actually not that different from us after all. In this example we meet an early medieval ancestor from Owenbristy, Co. Galway.
Minimising impact while increasing knowledge at Mullanstown, LouthDEC 01ST, 2014
In 1909, while ploughing a low, flat-topped hillock in the townland of Mullanstown, Co. Louth, a farmer unexpectedly came upon human bones. Nearly 100 years later, during the early planning stages for the N52 Ardee Bypass, archaeologists had an opportunity to reinvestigate this site and, with the aid of the results from geophysical survey and archaeological testing, facilitate a redesign of the preferred route so as to avoid the core of an important early medieval burial ground.
The delicate task of excavating an Early Bronze Age urn burialSEP 04TH, 2014
The discovery of a prehistoric urn burial is a comparatively rare event in the course of excavations on proposed road schemes. Their careful excavation and recording provides the opportunity to examine the funerary rites of our ancestors and to come close to investigating a single defined event: the burial of a member of the community.
Touring Tralee's PastAPR 15TH, 2014
On the 25 January 2014, the general public were presented with the opportunity to learn about the archaeological discoveries made along the recently opened N22 Tralee Bypass during a free seminar entitled ‘Touring Tralee’s Past’, which was organised by the NRA and Kerry County Council. Speakers from Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd and Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd contributed to the afternoon event, which was hosted by the Kerry County Museum in Tralee.
Imagining archaeology through artJAN 30TH, 2014
A series of reconstruction drawings were commissioned in late 2013 for inclusion in a number of forthcoming TII publications. The images were created by artists J G O’Donoghue and Dave Pollock working closely with archaeologists who have specialist expertise in each of the subjects illustrated. While faithful to the excavated evidence, all involved had to combine their skills and knowledge to choose which details to use to tell a story of a point in time in the life of a person, object or place.