Harvesting the Stars received a glowing review in the March issue of the Council for British Archaeology magazine "British Archaeology" from Mike Pitts, the foremost advocate for accessible archaeological writing in the UK. Making the book accessible to the non-technical reader was the cornerstone of the project so - high praise indeed!
After two long years of effort Aidan launched "Harvesting the Stars" on the subject of the Lismullin excavations. The launch took place at the Royal Irish Academy on Thurs 14.03.13 and Aidan was ably assisted by Sir Barry Cunliffe of Oxford University, Prof. Eoin Grogan of NUI Maynooth and Mary Deevy of the NRA. Copies available from www.wordwell.com
Lismullin is the best known site of the 167 excavated during the recent M3 Motorway construction. Consisting of an 80m diameter circle of wooden posts built during the Iron Age it probably functioned as an enclosure for ceremonies and rituals. The evidence points to a spectaclular nocturnal ritual with the site aligned to the Pleiades star cluster.
Ciaran recently completed two weeks of work experience, working on finds preperation for the museum, research in the National Archives, the excavation database and AutoCad figure production during his time with us. Ciaran was a great addition to the company during his time here and has the makings of a fine archaeologist.
Test trenching of a proposed road realignment at Oran, Co. Roscommon was carried out in November. Ground conditions were extremely wet with a notable upsurge in the growth of rushes in previously clear well-drained grassland.