The Ulster Archaeological Society


Lectures

Lectures are usually held in the Main Lecture Theatre, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast 7. Unless otherwise published lectures start at 8pm prompt.
Admission is free and all are welcome.

Evening workshops are designed to give the members a hands-on appreciation of artefacts or related topics and change each year. They are located in the adjacent Archaeology and Palaeoecology Building in Fitzwilliam Street and usually start at 7.00pm for two hours. Admission is free but numbers are limited. Please pre-book a place at the preceding lecture, when the subject will be announced, or by contacting the Hon. Secretary.


Date LecturerTitle
Mon 24 Feb Ruairi O'Baoill, QUBThe Archaeology of Derry / Londonderry
Mon 31 Mar Robert Hensey, NUI Galway From Cult to Complex
The great passage tomb centres of Ireland
Mon 28 April Greer Ramsay
Armagh County Museum
A Twisted Torc
A spectacular Bronze Age gold find from County Fermanagh
Mon 19 May Mike King, Downpatrick MuseumDownpatrick High Cross
A Moving Experience.
Mon 29 Sep Barrie Hartwell, QUBK.T. Frost
The University's first Archaeologist
Thu Mid Oct Annual DinnerAnnual Dinner
Mon 27 Oct Laura Basell, QUBThe Emergence and Spread of Modern Humans
Mon 18 Nov Con Manning
Clogh Oughter Castle, County Cavan
From construction c.1220 to destruction in 1653
Mon 8 Dec Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork,
QUB
Excavations by the C.A.F. in 2014
Mon 26 Jan
2015
AGM 2014Details will be announced through the Newsletter and at lectures.
Date LecturerTitle
Jan 28 AGM 2013Review of fieldtrips and fieldwork in 2012.
Feb 25 Dr. Michelle Comber
(NUI, Galway)
Excavation in Caherconnell Td, Co. Clare: searching for the Early Medieval, finding Neolithic to 17th Century AD.
March 11 Barrie HartwellArtefact workshop: lithics.
March 25 Dr Mark Gardiner
(GAP, QUB)
Mapping lost worlds: a survey of the archaeological landscapes of the Antrim Plateau.
April 29 Nick Maxwell
(Wordwell Books)
Archaeology Ireland: twenty five years, a hundred issues.
May 27 Conor Brady
(Dundalk Institute of Technology)
The Hill of Slane Archaeological Project: old questions and new technologies.
June 17 Elizabeth Thomas
(GAP, QUB)
Ulster Workhouses: Manifestations of Poor Law ideologies.
Sep 30 Prof Finbar McCormick
(GAP, QUB)
Struell Wells
Oct 17 Annual Dinner Annual Dinner
Oct 28 John Gillis,
(Trinity College Dublin)
The Fadden More Psalter: a spectacular find in Co Tipperary.
Nov 4 Barrie Hartwell Artefact Workshop.
Nov 18 Philip Macdonald
(CAF, QUB)
Recent archaeological excavations at Dundrum Castle, Co Down.
Dec 9 Norah Bermingham
(Archaeological consultant)
Drumclay, Co Fermanagh: a most surprising crannog.
Jan 27 2014 AGM 2014 @7.45pmReview of fieldtrips and fieldwork in 2013.
Date LecturerTitle
Jan 30 AGM 2012Review of fieldtrips and fieldwork in 2011.
Feb 27 Dr. Emily Murray
(CAF, QUB)
Excavations at a newly discovered 16 -17th century fort at Ballycarry, Co Antrim.
March 12 Barrie HartwellArtefact workshop.
March 26 Dr. Ian Meighan
(Dept Geology, TCD)
Quartz from the south, granite from the north: The geoarchaeology of Newgrange.
April 23 Prof. Martin Carver
(Prof Emeritus, Univ York)
Oliver Davies Lecture: The business of archaeology: its product, clientele and social utility in the age of micro-digging.
May 28 Dr. Colm Donnelly
(CAF, QUB)
From Crossan to the Acre: a transatlantic archaeological programme in Massachusetts and Tyrone.
Sep 24 Prof. Audrey Horning
(QUB)
A tale of five sites: Deciphering the archaeological histories of Goodlands, Co Antrim from the Neolithic to the 18th century.
Oct 18 Annual DinnerAnnual Dinner
Oct 29 Roisin O'Reilly,
(Independent Archaeologist)
The archaeology of witchcraft and superstition in Ireland.
Nov 19 Prof. Brian Williams
(NIEA)
The economic and social value of the historic environment in Northern Ireland.
Nov 12 Dr. Barrie HartwellArtefact Workshop.
Dec 10 Dr. Robert Chapple
NAC
Oakgrove: A unique Middle Bronze Age cemetery at Oakgrove, Co. Londonderry.
Jan 28 AGM 2013Review of fieldtrips and fieldwork in 2012.
Date LecturerTitle
Mon 21 Feb Prof Peter Woodman
(University of Cork)
First Settlers in Ireland
Coping with life in a very different island
Mon 28 Mar Mark Hennessey
(Trinity College Dublin)
Trim from early medieval royal centre to Victorian county town
Mon 18 April Conor Newman
(National University of Ireland, Galway)
Holy Ground
The sacralisation of the Tara landscape
Mon 23 May Rodger Stalley
(Trinity College Dublin)
Artist or Artisan
The Muiredach master and the carving of the Irish High Crosses
Mon 26 Sep Philip MacDonald, QUB
Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork
Excavations with the Time Team at Knockdhu
A late prehistoric promontory fort in Co. Antrim
Mon 24 Oct Stephen Gilmore
(Northern Archaeological Consultancy)
Introduces recent NAC excavations
Various speakers
Mon 14 Nov Claire Foley
(Northern Ireland Environment Agency)
My Life in Ruins
Conservation and the NIEA
Mon 5 Dec Eileen Murphy
(QUB)
Early Irish Populations
Context, Chronology and Osteology
Date LecturerTitle
Mon 22 Feb Richard WarnerMourne Gold - the source of Early Bronze Age Gold.
Mon 29 Mar Eoin Halpin, Archaeological Development Services and various speakers Introducing recent ADS Excavations.
Mon 26 April Moira O'Rourke: Heritage Officer, Lough Neagh PartnershipsUnlocking Lough Neagh's heritage.
Mon 31 May Rosemary McConkey and Wes Forsythe, University of UlsterArchaeological survey on Rathlin Island.
Mon 27 Sep John Meneely, QUB3D Scanning in Archaeology - mapping, monitoring and visualising sites and artefacts using the latest 3D technology.
Mon 25 Oct Steve Flanders, QUBThe Lords of Courcy in Normandy, England and Ireland - discovering the Prince of Ulster's antecedents.
Thur in Oct  Annual Dinner.
Mon 15 Nov Colin Breen, University of UlsterDunluce - the Medieval village in the shadow of the castle.
Mon 6 Dec Cormac McSparron, Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, QUBThe date of the Neolithic house in Ireland.
Date LecturerTitle
Mon 26 Jan
@ 7.45pm
AGM 2009Officers Reports for 2008 and elections followed by illustrated talks on member's activities.
Mon 9 Feb Colin Rynne, University College CorkThe Archaeology of Water power in early Medieval Ireland c.AD600-1100.
Mon 23 Feb Brian Scott, Heritage Consultant The Great Guns like Thunder: the cannon from the City of Derry
Mon 23 Mar Dean Miller, Rochester University NY Kings and Things, Royalty and Mythology: Connections and similarities between Ireland's Kings and monarchy in the classical world and elsewhere
Mon 27 April Paul Masser Headland ArchaeologyThe Archaeology of the Dungannon- Ballygawley Roadworks
Mon 11 May Paula Reimer, 14Chrono: QUB Carbon Dating DeptAMS Carbon Dating at Queen's - why size matters.
Mon 28 Sep Martin Keery, Gahan and Long LtdThe Excavation of the Former Glassworks Site, Sirocco Works Belfast
Mon 26 Oct Frazer Hunter, Nation Museums of ScotlandThe Romans in Scotland: Latest work..
Mon 16 Nov Jonathan BellRundale in the Glens of Antrim: Findings from The Glens of Antrim Historical Society's Claghan Project..
Mon 7 Dec Chris Hunt, QUB50,000 Years in the Rainforest of Borneo.
Date LecturerTitle
Mon 11 Feb John O'Keeffe, DOE Environment & Heritage Service The Ards at the Time of the Plantation. Some new studies of the archaeology of the cultural landscape.
Mon 10 Mar Professor Dan Bradley, Trinity College Dublin Irish Human Genetics. Speculation about origins, Niall of the Nine Hostages and adaptive change
Mon 28 April Caroline Wickham-Jones, Orkney Archaeological Trust World Heritage Orkney
Mon 23 Mar Dr Caroline Malone, QUBDeath Rituals in Megalithic Malta
Mon 27 April Professor W O'Brien, University College CorkIverni. The Late Prehistoric Settlement Landscape in South West Ireland
Mon 12 May Ronan McHugh, Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, QUBThe Prehistoric Landscape of the Topped Mountain Region, Co Fermanagh
Mon 15 Sep Professor JM Mallory, QUBArchaeology and Language
Mon 20 Oct Cormac Bourke, Ulster Museum Medieval Metalwork from the River Blackwater. A Summary and Review
Date LecturerTitle
Mon 19 Feb Gill Plunkett, QUBThe Rise and Fall of Old Croghan Man. Investigating the circumstances of a bog body's fate through palaeoenvironmental reconstructions
Mon 19 Mar Ingelise Stuijts, Discovery ProgrammeMuck Mud Moss and Other Stuff. Environmental Matters at Lough Kinale, Co Longford
Mon 16 April Professor John Waddell, NUI Galway OLIVER DAVIES LECTURE. Archaeology and Myth.The Challenge of Rathcroghan
Mon 28 May Rick Schulting, Oxford University New Dates for Old Sites. Revisiting the chronology of court tombs in Northern Ireland
Mon 17 Sep Ruairi O'Baoill, CAF QUB The Archaeology of Belfast. A Review of the evidence
Mon 22 Oct Mark Gardiner, QUB'Coasts Cold'. Merchants and Fishermen in Medieval Iceland.
Mon 19 Nov Eimear Nelis, CAF QUBA County Churchyard. Excavations at Armoy
Mon 10 Dec Roger Stalley, TCDDid they ever learn? Some Medieval Building Disasters