PPS 81 Front cover WEBDr Ger Dowling has recently published a paper based on his research for the Late Iron Age and Roman Ireland project in the prestigious journal the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. This paper explores how geophysical survey, undertaken in conjunction with landscape and historical analysis, is contributing to a deeper understanding of prehistoric focal centres and landscape organisation on the wider ‘hinterland’ of the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath.

This research targeted a number of prominent hilltop sites in the Meath–north Dublin region suspected, on the basis of archaeological, topographical, and early documentary evidence, to have been important ceremonial/political centres in later prehistory. These included the Hill of Lloyd (Co. Meath), the location of a prehistoric enclosure overlooking the early monastic foundation at Kells; Faughan Hill (Co. Meath), the traditional burial place of Niall of the Nine Hostages; and Knockbrack (Co. Dublin), whose summit is crowned by a large, internally-ditched enclosure with central burial mound. The discovery through this multi-disciplinary study of additional large-scale enclosures, burial monuments, and other significant archaeological features serves to further corroborate the deep historical importance of these sites, and opens up new avenues for exploring such themes as territoriality, social organisation, and identity in the wider Tara region.

G. Dowling 2015. Exploring the hidden depths of Tara's landscape: geophysical survey and landscape investigations in the Meath-north Dublin region, Eastern Ireland. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 81, 61-85.

Robert Shaw has published an article in Geomatics World, the bi-monthly publication of the RICS. In this article Robert Shaw discusses the techniques developed through the 3D-Icons project to generate accessible 3D models from dense point cloud data.

Shaw, Robert 2015 ‘Bringing Heritage to the Public: Ireland’s 3D Icons project’. Geomatics World, Nov/Dec 2015, Issue 1, Vol 24, 18-19. 

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