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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Upcoming Lecture: by Dr Elizabeth Shee-Twohig and Mr James Eogan

On Friday 24th February  Dr Elizabeth Shee-Twohig and Mr James Eogan will lecture on
The prehistory of the Lower Suir Valley (8000 BC - 400 AD): the archaeology of Waterford City Bypass in perspective

Traces of our prehistoric ancestors are not very evident in the modern landscape of the Lower Suir Valley, though people may be familiar with local standing stones and some of the large megalithic tombs, e.g. Gaulstown and Knockeen, Co Waterford.

Excavations in advance of construction of the N25 Waterford City Bypass led to the discovery of many important sites and has changed our knowledge and perception of prehistoric life in these parts of east county Waterford and south county Kilkenny.

James Eogan and Elizabeth Shee Twohig are editors of the recently published monograph Cois tSiúire – nine thousand years of human activity in the Lower Suir Valley and their lecture will show that the Lower Suir Valley was home to vibrant and dynamic communities from c. 8000 BC onwards.

James Eogan is Senior Archaeologist with the National Roads Authority based in Tramore. He has overseen the archaeological works on all major road schemes in the south-east over the past decade. He has particular research interests in Bronze Age settlement and society.

Elizabeth Shee Twohig has recently retired from lecturing in the Department of Archaeology, University College Cork, and now lives near Tramore. Her principal research has been on the prehistoric megalithic tombs and art.

Time: 8 pm 

Venue: Edmund Rice Heritage and Conference Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford.

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