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"Recent New Discoveries at Newgrange"

By Dr. Steve Davis (from the School of Archeology UCD)

Monday September 9th at 8pm in Trinity College Dublin




Recent discoveries at the Unesco Heritage Brú na Bóinne site.

There are 40 or more structures discovered by Dr. Davis and his team in collaboration with the the Romano-Germanic Commission in Frankfurt, Germany. These discoveries were made using sophisticated analysis equipment.

These discoveries helped in some way by a dry summer last year, follow on from a discovery of a spectacular monument in 2017 which is alligned with the Winter soltice sunrise.

The discoveries are probably early neolithic houses and timber enclosures as well as later Bronze Age burial structures and some later medieval farming houses.

In his lecture Dr. Davis will speak about the scope of the recent surveys and the structures found on the site next to Newgrange.






I graduated in Botany from the University of Reading in 1994 and after a brief spell as a molecular biologist headed to Sheffield to study Environmental Archaeology.

My PhD (Liverpool JMU) focused on the use of testate amoebae and pollen to understand changing hydrology in lowland raised mires, following which I specialized in the analysis of subfossil insect remains for a number of years, a field in which I still am archaeologically active.

Since 2010 I have become increasingly involved in remote sensing technologies, in particular ALS/lidar and multispectral satellite data, and their use in archaeological prospection.

I have led projects at Brú na Bóinne WHS and, more recently, the Hill of Ward, Co. Meath, integrating LiDAR and geophysical survey (with some excavation) to enhance our understanding of these important archaeological landscapes.

I have also been involved in efforts to digitally record (through laser scanning and photogrammetry) the tombs of Knowth and Dowth in Brú na Bóinne, with a focus on inaccessible interior sections and on megalithic art.

In collaboration with colleagues at the Romano-Germanic Commission, Frankfurt I oversee a large-scale survey project in the Brú na Bóinne WHS.

I am also principal archaeological advisor to the Devenish Lands at Dowth, Chair of the Aerial Archaeology Research group and a committee member for both IQUA and the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. [Credit UCD.ie]



After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard Inn and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.

All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.

Booking Information

Date Monday 9th September
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Bldg, Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

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