Earth Building Ireland Conference

Please find attached an upcoming Conference Poster and Programme for the inaugural cross island EBUKI (Earth Building UK and Ireland) Conference on Friday and Saturday November 13th and 14th 2015 in IT Sligo.  This conference is the first EBUKI conference in Ireland and marks Ireland’s entry to the organisation in June 2015.  This important multi disciplinary conference examines the use of earth in construction both in the past (archaeological evidence) and up to the present (post medieval heritage buildings as well as new contemporary builds).

Please contact the organisers directly for more information.


IPMAG's annual summer field trip

Winter is fast approaching so we thought we'd share some memories from our late summer field trip. On 5 September 2015 members of IPMAG got together to view a number of sites associated with Richard Boyle, 1st earl of Cork (1566-1643). He was a leading member of the Protestant New English community who benefited from the various schemes of plantation that took place in Ireland during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Participants on the field trip had the opportunity of visiting a number of archaeological sites associated with Boyle in the east Cork / west Waterford region. Led by Dr James Lyttleton, Dr Colin Rynne and Dan Noonan, the group explored the grounds of Boyle's chief residences in Munster, the College in Youghal, Co. Cork and Lismore Castle in Co. Waterford. This included the well-preseved 17th-century gardens enclosed by bawn walls and protected by flankers at both locations. St. Mary's Collegiate Church in Youghal with the famous Boyle monument was also visited. St. Carthage's Cathedral in Lismore was also visited where a church warden Peter Dowd showed the group around the cathedral building, including the diocesan library where a number of old books and other artefacts were on display. Other sites visited included the almshouse in Youghal (founded by Boyle) and the 18th-century Clock Gate Tower on Youghal's Main Street.

A collection of photos from the trip can be viewed on the field trips page of the website.

Textiles and Fibres Through Time - Call for Papers and Posters

Agricultural History Society of Ireland Autumn Symposium & AGM 2015


Textiles and Fibres Through Time is a thematic one-day symposium that will bring together a variety of speakers from different disciplines. In the past, a wide range of raw materials including wool, animal hair, flax, hemp, grasses, reeds, briars, willow and bark have been used to create artefacts such as clothing, bedding, floor-coverings, sails, baskets, ropes and many other items. These activities have ranged in scale from craftwork to fulfil household needs, through cottage industries to factory production.


The aim of the symposium is to explore the history, archaeology economics and sociology of the raw materials, production, and use of textiles and fibres, with a particular emphasis on Ireland. Speakers may wish to consider issues such as: How did the development of new or improved agricultural and production techniques affect society? How were choices in clothing design and/or production a reflection of identity? What were the driving forces in the evolution of textile or fibre production? Who were the gainers and losers?


Speakers and poster presentations are invited from a diverse range of backgrounds including archaeology, history, economics, folk-life and sociology. Papers will be 20 minutes in length, with time for questions. A poster session with mini-presentations of 5 minutes will also be held.


This exciting symposium will take place on Saturday, 21st November 2015 at the Helen Roe Theatre, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.


Abstracts of no more than 200 words, plus your details, including affiliation (if applicable) should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 18th September 2015. See our website at for further details.

Spanish Armada wreck - artefacts recovered

Archaeological divers from the Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU) of the National Monuments Service (Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht) have recovered a number of significant artefacts from the wreck site of La Juliana, one of three ships of the Spanish Armada of 1588 that were lost off Streedagh Strand, Co. Sligo in 1588. A dive inspection was undertaken by the UAU in April of this year and the site of La Juliana was relocated and found to be more exposed than it has been in the last 30 years. Visible on the seabed were gun-carriage wheels, anchors and cannon as well as structural elements of the vessel. Because of the vulnerability of the material to the elements, the erosive forces of the sea and the potential threat of theft or inappropriate interference with the site, a decision was taken in consultation with the National Museum of Ireland to excavate, record, recover and conserve the more vulnerable artefacts that have recently become exposed. The current phase of work on the site will continue until late July, following which a long term management strategy will be put in place for the three wreck sites. 

2015 IPMAG Fieldtrip

This year's IPMAG summer field trip will take place in East Cork / West Waterford on the 5th September. The theme is 'The material world of Sir Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork'.


The trip will be led by Dr James Lyttleton, IPMAG Member, and the itinerary is as follows:


Saturday morning – meet 10am at St. Mary’s Collegiate Church in Youghal for tour of town, gardens, church and graveyard, as well as the town walls.

Lunch in Youghal  

2pm bus to Lismore- tour Lismore castle gardens and cathedral. Access to the cathedral library will be organised to facilitate viewing of some rare manuscripts.

Bus to Cappoquin to see Boyle’s iron smelting landscape. This part of the tour will be led by Dr Colin Rynne of UCC.


·     6pm return to Youghal  


Please contact James (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to book a place and receive details of accommodation options.



IPMAG Conference Update

IPMAG Conference Update - venue change:

Hi Everyone,

The 2015 IPMAG Conference is still due to be held in Cork but we have changed the venue from the City to the lovely, maritime town of Kinsale.

The dates remain the same - 30th and 31st January and 1st February 2015. The deadline for submission of paper proposals is fast approaching - 15th December - and we would encourage everyone to read the theme of the conference below and consider submitting a paper on related topics.


Details on accommodation, travel and events are to follow very shortly.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Wedgwood Collection

The Wedgwood Collection, that was under threat earlier this summer has been saved from sale through the rapid and dedicated fund raising campaign of the Arts Fund, Heritage Lottery, a number of private trusts and foundations and individual donations from the public, other interested parties including heritage societies. £2.74 million needed to be raised before the end of November but this was achieved last week as a result of a massive response to the campaign.

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology (SPMA) in the UK were immediately active in supporting this campaign, through written submissions and via donations. This ensured that the archaeological world, including IPMAG via our own committee members who also sit on the board of SPMA, were aware of the urgency of the situation and the need for action.

The collection was under threat of sale as part of a £134 million debt but this has now been prevented. UNESCO has described the collection as 'unparalleled in its diversity and breadth". The collection comprises more than 80,000 works of art, ceramics, documents, photographs and paintings. The collection has its origins dating back to 1774 when the company founder Josiah Wedgwood began to make new styles of ceramics and pottery. The museum opened in 1906 and is located in Barlaston, Staffordshire.

The collection will now, it is reported, be gifted to the Victoria and Albert Museum but will be on permanent loan at the Wedgwood Museum in Staffordshire, its ancestral home.

See link to article in the Guardian of the weekend:
BBC news piece:



Next Event


Summer 2017 field trip - details TBC


Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group
c/o Wes Forsythe
Centre for Maritime Archaeology
University of Ulster
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