Cumann Seandalaiochta agus Staire Phort Lairge

Monday, October 17, 2016

Upcoming Lecture : Archaeological Excavations at Knockhouse

Speaker: Mr Fintan Walsh
Topic: Archaeological Excavations at Knockhouse
Date: Friday 21 October 2016
Venue: Granville Hotel, 8:00 pm
Admission: €5.00 (members free)

In 2014 and 2015 Fintan Walsh of IAC directed a series of archaeological investigations at Knockhouse Lower in advance of industrial development. The site, which is on the western outskirts of Waterford City, had been tilled for many centuries and prior to the excavation no above-ground monuments were visible. However, methodical and painstaking archaeological excavation revealed the remains of an early medieval ringfort. Some evidence was uncovered for the former existence of structures within the ringfort, including two souterrains (underground storage or hiding places). The ringfort was associated with a series of field boundary ditches which radiated from it as well as a number of contemporary cereal drying kilns. Evidence for earlier prehistoric activity was also uncovered, including Bronze Age fulachtaí fia (burnt mounds) and settlement activity dating to both the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods. Fintan’s illustrated lecture will give a comprehensive overview of the results of the excavations at Knockhouse Lower.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Heritage Week Talk : Everyday Life in Waterford in 1916

As part of Heritage week,  Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society will have a  series of mini-talks and visual displays presented by committee members.

A look at Waterford City in the Year 1916 - The Way We Were, snapshots of everyday life in Waterford City over 12 months in 1916. 

Date & Time :  Thursday 25th August at 7.30 pm 

Venue: Tapestry Room, Granville Hotel, The Quay

Admission: Free event 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Upcoming Summer Outing: Creaden Head

This week's outing will be to Creaden Head, Dunmore East.

Thursday 28 July 2016

The guided tour of Creaden Head with Mr. Noel McDonnagh  is a follow up to a talk given to the society by Mr McDonnagh at the Annual Lunch last November entitled Pages from the Past.

Meet in the car park at Killea church at 6.45pm.

Members free, non-members €5.00

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Upcoming Summer Outing : Visit to Curraghmore

The next event on our calendar will be

a Guided Tour of Curraghmore  House & Gardens and the Shell House

Date : Sunday 17 July 2016

Time:  Meet at Curraghmore House car park at  3 pm 

Admission : Members €10.00
                      Non-members €15.00

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Upcoming Lecture: Waterford Men in the 1916 Rising

Our next lecture will be this Friday 29th April 2016
Speaker: Dr Pat McCarthy

Topic: Waterford Men in the 1916 Rising.

Venue : St Patrick's Gateway Centre

Time : 8 pm

Admission : Members free, Non-members €5.00

This lecture will mark the centenary of the 1916 rising.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Upcoming Lecture : The Two Military Barracks in Waterford

Speaker: Mr James Doherty

Venue : St Patrick's Gateway Centre

Date & Time: Friday 1st April 2016, 8 pm

Admission :  Members free, non-members €5.00

James Doherty will examine the history behind the two military barracks in Waterford City and will provide an insight into why they were built, what garrison life was like and the factors that led to the decline and almost complete disappearance of what was once a impressive military complex in the heart of Waterford City.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

February Lecture : Waterford Prehistory and Megalithic Tombs

The February lecture, on the "Houses of the Dead"  delivered by Dr Elizabeth Shee-Twohig was of great interest to many who travelled from the county and beyond to attend. 

 Questions and discussions continued well after the lecture was over, 

Suggestions for further reading, 

Further  reading about Waterford prehistory and megalithic tombs

Carlton Jones, Temples of Stone (Collins Press)
Elizabeth Shee Twohig. Irish Megalithic Tombs (Shire books)
John Waddell, The Prehistoric Archaeology of Ireland 
James Eogan and Elizabeth Shee Twohig (eds) Cois tSiúire – nine thousand years of human activity in the Lower Suir Valley. Archaeological Excavations on the N25 Waterford City Bypass.  (NRA 2011).
 Tom Fourwinds,  Monu-mental about Prehistoric Waterford

WEBSITES  The database  of the Archaeological Survey    The database of excavation results in Ireland    website of photographs by Ken Williams

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