Boyne & Beyond

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The Printworks Event and Exhibition Centre

Dublin Castle

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Presented by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and organised by Archaeology Ireland

About this event


The UNESCO World Heritage site of Brú na Bóinne in the Boyne Valley is home to Ireland’s finest passage tomb complexes of Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange. Knowth in particular was the focus of many years of work by the late Professor George Eogan, whose excavations have provided significant contributions to our understanding of this monument and landscape through the millennia, and of wider prehistoric Ireland. Inspired by Professor Eogan’s legacy, this international conference takes a step back to examine the Boyne Valley monuments in the context of the wider prehistoric world.

Sessions and speakers:

Session 1: The Boyne Valley

What lies beneath? Uncovering the story of Knowth through time.

Dr Kerri Cleary, Editorial & Research Manager, Archaeological Consultancy Services Unit.

Exploring the life cycle of a forgotten monument—the Dowth Hall passage tomb excavation.

Dr Clíodhna Ní Lionáin, Project Archaeologist at Devenish; Adjunct Research Fellow, UCD School of Archaeology.

Session 2: People of the Bronze Age

Bronze Age relations: genetics, kinship and gender in later prehistory.

Professor Joanna Bruck, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin.

From barrowscape to fieldscape: the first fields in the Rother Region of the western Weald.

Dr Stuart Needham, Honorary Research Fellow of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.

Session 3: Image in stone and gold

Megalithic art in the Boyne Valley and beyond.

Dr Elizabeth Shee Twohig, lecturer (retired), University College Cork.

Looking at lunulae—lines, lozenges and zigzags

Mary Cahill, Mary Cahill, former Keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland.

Session 4: The prehistoric world

Ireland in the wider prehistoric world, 4300–1500 BC. 

Alison Sheridan, Former Principal Archaeological Research Curator in the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland.

Lives that bind: three stories from the world of Stonehenge.

Dr Neil Wilkin, Curator of Early Europe (Neolithic and Bronze Age collections), British Museum.

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