DOLMEN
ARCHAEOLOGY
The whole landscape a manuscript
We had lost the skill to read,
A part of our past disinherited;
But fumbled, like a blind man,
Along the fingertips of instinct.

John Montague
A Severed Head

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The following hand-picked links will take you to resources on Celtic culture, ancient Irish stones and archaeological sites, Irish high crosses, the ogham alphabet and more.
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We have Diego Meozzi and Paola Arosia to thank for an excellent site, Stones Pages. Great photographs and detailed information on all your favourite dolmens, passage tombs, crannogs, etc. Even personal evaluations of the sites with ratings for access, general impression and ambience. Staigue Fort, Poulnabrone dolmen... they're all here in glorious HTML.
An interesting, rather amusing guide to Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Archaeological Excavations But Were Afraid to Ask is provided by the Council for British Archaeology. The CBA site includes a range of fact sheets, information on new publications, membership details and lots more.
IRISH ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
Megalithic Ireland is a nicely done website maintained by Jim Dempsey which features images and descriptions of sites at Athgreaney, Brownes Hill, Carrowkeel, Carrowmore, Creeveykeel, Dowth, Fourknocks, Haroldstown, the Hill of Tara, Inchgoill, Knickeen, Labby Rock, Loughcrew, Proleek and Saggart. Irish high crosses too...
Michael Fox provides images and information on the megalithic sites at Newgrange, Dowth, Knowth, Loughcrew, Fourknocks and the Boyne Valley at Knowth.com.
Irish High Crosses provides good images and some background information on the high crosses at Ahenny, Castledermot, Drumcliffe, Duleek, Durrow, Kells, Kilkieran, Killary, Monasterboice, Moone and Termonfechin.
The Irish Quaternary Association features web-based resources and discussion communities on topics like the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Irish placenames, cartography, Irish settlement studies and more.
The Achill Archaeological Field School is an ongoing research project involving a survey and excavation at the Deserted Village on Achill Island, County Mayo. which serves as a training school for undergraduate and graduate students of archaeology, anthropology and related disciplines.
Clive Ruggles from Leicester University provides photographs of archaeological sites from Cork, Kerry, Meath and Tyrone.
Excavations.ie is a database of summary accounts of all the excavations carried out in Ireland – North and South – from 1985 to 1999. Search or browse...
Here's a simple site with fairly detailed photos and information on high crosses at Monasterboice, Kells and Kilfenora.
Billy Finnerty provides some photos and information on ruins, a quern stone and cairn found near New Inn, County Galway.
THE VIKINGS IN IRELAND
The very interesting Viking Network Ireland site provides information, history, stories and news on Viking life in Ireland.
ARTICLES ON IRISH ARCHAEOLOGY
Here's a quick guide describing typical Irish archaeology features: wedge tombs, souterrains, cashels and the like...
And a document giving a brief history of the archaeology of Ceide Fields in County Mayo.
The Heritage Council includes many interesting online documents in their 'Publications' area. Topics such as archaeology and the forestry industry, Irish archaeological surveys, identifying and protecting sites and more...
THE OGHAM ALPHABET
Michael Everson keeps track of Every Ogham Thing on the Web. I never would have imagined all these...
MORE IRISH ARCHAEOLOGY LINKS
Thaddeus Breen kindly maintains a comprehensive set of links to Irish Archaeology on the Internet. Dozens and dozens of sites listed...
IRISH ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNALS & BOOKS
Thaddeus Breen also keeps track of Irish archaeology and history journals.
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