6th Annual Archaeology Conference

Presented by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and organised by Archaeology Ireland

Date and time
Sat, 7 Oct 2023 08:30 – 16:45 IST
The Printworks Event and Exhibition Centre, Dublin Castle Dame Street 2 Dublin 2

From the voyages of the first Mesolithic colonisers to the present day, the island of Ireland has seen many new arrivals coming for many different reasons. Archaeology can provide unique insights into how these people adapted to their new surroundings. Imirce: migration and Ireland through time will investigate how identities were negotiated within these new contexts.

Imirce—migration, the overall theme of this programme—looks at the evidence for arrival in Ireland, alongside examples of Irish arrivals elsewhere, as a means of exploring and revealing the multiplicity of identities that have contributed—and continue to contribute—to Irish society through time. This evidence ranges from the growing body of ancient DNA evidence that is beginning to answer some lingering questions about Irish prehistoric populations to the legacy of new or introduced artefact, burial or settlement types that give us some insight into the lives of these new arrivals. Equally, such evidence has an important role in telling us about Ireland’s connections with the wider world. During the ages of exploration, colonisation and transplantations, ships crossed oceans to trade, raid or transport. Irish people were on board. The emigrations of the nineteenth century following the devastation of the Famine witnessed a population shift from Ireland to distant lands, where broader connections were forged and where the Irish diaspora expressed their identities in different contexts and emerging new communities.

07 October 2023, The Printworks, Dublin Castle

€10: On-line attendance.
Fee will include a quarterly digital subscription to Archaeology Ireland via Exact Editions (value €7)

€25.00 (Students/Seniors/Subscribers)
Fee includes attendance in person with refreshments (morning/afternoon breaks) and light

€35.00: General Admission
Fee includes attendance in person with refreshments (morning/afternoon breaks) and light

To Book: https://archaeologyireland.ie or through Eventbrite:

Conference Programme timings:

08.30 – 09.15 Registration

09.20 – 09.30 Opening address: Minister Malcolm Noonan T.D., Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform

Session One: Revealing movement through science

Chair: TBC

09.35 – 10.10

The Irish DNA Atlas: providing a map of Irish genetics in and out of Ireland

Dr Edmund Gilbert, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

10.15 – 10.50

Raiders, Traders and Settlers in late Iron Age and early Medieval Ireland and Britain

Dr Jacqueline Cahill Wilson, Visiting Research Fellow at Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

10.55– 11.05: Q & A

11.05 – 11.25 Tea/Coffee

Session Two: Pursuing horizons

Chair: TBC

11.30 – 12.05

Encounters, stories and connections: hunter-gatherer Ireland

Prof. Graeme Warren, UCD School of Archaeology

12.10 – 12.45

Archaeological remains of coffee plantations: a history of pre-Famine Irish migration to Cuba

Giselle González García, Ph.D candidate, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada

12.50 – 13.00: Q & A

13.00 – 13.50 Lunch

Session Three: Seeking identity in settlements

Chair: TBC

13.55 – 14.30

English Peasant Settlement in Anglo-Norman Ireland

Dr Kieran O’Conor, School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies, University of Galway

14.35 – 15.10

Under a southern sky: the Irish settlement of Baker’s Flat in colonial South Australia

Dr Susan Arthure, Flinders University, Australia

15.15 – 15.25: Q & A

15.25– 15.45 Tea/Coffee

Session Four: Considering contributions

Chair: TBC

15.50 – 16.25

Structures of import – the buildings of Dublin’s historic immigrant communities

Paul Duffy, Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd

16.30 – 17.05

Beaubec: an alien cell in the Boyne Valley

Dr Geraldine Stout, Archaeologist in the National Monuments Service (retired)

17.10 – 17.20: Q & A

17.25 – 17.30: Close of conference:

Michael MacDonagh, Chief State Archaeologist, National Monuments Service. Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage