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The Annual NRA Archaeology seminar is being held this year in the
Greasham Hotel, Dublin on Thursday 28th August. I attach a provisional
programme and flyer for the event. The photo on the flyer is a
silver?plated zoomorphic terminal for an 8/9th Century drinking horn
terminal that we got last year in the excavation of an
enclosure/souterrain site at Ballyvaas, near Castledermot (in the form
of a dog's head). The object is so well preserved and significant, it
could take pride of place on the shelves of Newbridge Silverware!!

Four of the talks detail results of our archaeological excavations
between Kilcullen and Carlow, over 2006/2007 and therefore could be
great interest to people in these counties. Some of the other talks are
also indirectly related to those excavations. The four talks that I
refer to as detailing results of our excavations are:

* Deserted Medieval Village at Mullamast, near Ballitore (over 10,500
artefacts recovered here, along with extensive village/house remains)
* Animal traps recovered in excavations at Prumplestown, near
Castledermot and Ballymount, near The Priory pub.
* The drinking horn terminal and other objects from Ballyvaas, near
* Neolithic houses from Russellstown/Burtownhall Demesne, just across
the Carlow border.

Attendance at the Seminar is free, but early booking is advisable
(contact details on flyer). Would you be able to forward these details
to your contacts and societies in Co. Kildare that may be interested in
attending? Proceedings of the Seminar will be published in monograph
form and launched at next year's Seminar, August 09.

Noel Dunne NRA. 


Details of the NRA Archaeological Seminar on Thurs. 28 Aug. by NRA archaeologist Noel Dunne which this year has a significant relevance to recent excavations in Co. Kildare. Noel will also be presenting a talk for the Cill Dara Historical Society on Wed. 27th Aug. Kildare Education Centre (Old Parochial House), Friary Road, Kildare Town at 8 p.m. entitled, "Uncovering Hidden People" - The Archaeology of Recent Road Schemes in Kildare 

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