Lecture at the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum

Town Walls and Castles – Recent Geophysical Discoveries in Athy.

Earthsound director Heather Gimson gave a lecture in the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum yesterday, County Kildare. Heather presented the results of our research on the Athy Town Walls and Castles which we’ve been working on for a number of years. This year we focused on using Ground Penetrating Radar and Electrical Resistivity Tomography over the Town Walls and Black Castle Tower which are located under a number of gardens and yards. The lecture was well attended and the audience included the Mayor of Athy.

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Lecture in Athy – ‘What is Archaeological Geophysics?’

Earthsound director Heather Gimson gave a lecture in the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum yesterday, County Kildare. Heather is working in Athy this week looking for evidence of the Town Walls and Castles using archaeological geophysical techniques. Heather explained the aims of the research and how geophysical surveys actually work. Many of those that attended the lecture are part of the project – the work currently involves surveying a number of peoples back gardens and yards to trace the medieval archaeology.

Heather will return to Athy in November to present the findings of the research.

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Earthsound’s Geophysicist Presents a New 5-part Radio Show

Earthsound’s Darren Regan has written, presented, produced and directed a new 5-part radio show, The Lie of the Land, for Claremorris Community Radio (CCR FM).

CCR FM won a Broadcasting Authority of Ireland award, supported by the Sound & Vision III scheme, which funds high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience. CCR FM approached Earthsound to develop the project which examines the history of Mayo, both geological and archaeological. Darren, who studied Applied Archaeology at IT Sligo has been working as a geophysicist for Earthsound Archaeological Geophysics since 2010 and drew on his extensive experience working on a variety of archaeological sites across Ireland to research and produce The Lie of the Land.

Mayo’s geological landscape tells a story of our land’s connection with place and cultures, which today lie oceans apart. The long and turbulent geological history of the West of Ireland, which stretches back hundreds of millions of years, contains tales of colliding continents and the fusing of North America with parts of this island.

Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo

Darren takes listeners on a journey via reports from the prehistoric landscape around Croagh Patrick, to Céide Fields, Ballintubber Abbey, Iron Age cashels in Kilmovee and Bronze Age burial tombs in Irishtown.

Claremorris Community Radio’s new five-part series, The Lie of the Land, exposes the history of Mayo, both geological and archaeological. The show features interviews with archaeologists Richard Crumlish, Chris Read and Michael Gibbons, geologist Matthew Parkes, Fr. Frank Fahey, Earthsound directors James Bonsall and Heather Gimson and many more.

Produced, written, directed and presented by Darren Regan, this informative and enthralling series will start broadcasting on Saturday August 13th, at 2pm on Claremorris Community Radio. If you miss the show, don’t worry, The Lie of the Land will also be repeated on Fridays at 5pm.

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Youth Eco-Challenge Claremorris – A free 12 week Summer Event

Earthsound directors James Bonsall and Heather Gimson have been helping to run Youth ECO-Challenge Claremorris – an environmental and heritage project at Mayfield Lake and Wetlands, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland – with Aine Carr of Clar I.R.D., artist Mary Noonan and Claremorris Community Radio. James, Heather and Aine recruited students from local schools and implemented the programme.

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The twelve week project gave 15-17 year old students from St. Colman’s College and Mount Saint Michael Secondary School an opportunity to develop their own environmental awareness project in the Claremorris area through experiential learning. A range of activities were laid on and as the project developed the students created their own outputs via artwork, videos and podcasts that reflected their experiences.

The students also filmed a video of their efforts to transform a disused water reservoir (see video below) at the ‘Growing Locally’ community garden. The work was carried out as part of a practical action project, supervised by local artist Mary Noonan.

The programme was offered in co-operation with Claremorris Community Radio, Earthsound Archaeological Geophysics and Clar I.R.D., Claremorris. It was funded by the LEARGAS European Commission’s Education and Culture Directorate General’s ‘Youth in Action’ Programme and ECO-UNESCO ‘Clubs in Action’ Programme sponsored by Toyota.

© 2012 Earthsound Geophysics Ltd.

Lecture – Achill Island Archaeology Centre

A Brief History of Archaeological Geophysics in Ireland 

Earthsound director James Bonsall will be giving a lecture to students and friends of the Achill Archaeological Field School at the Achill Island Archaeology Centre, Dooagh in County Mayo on Tuesday 2nd August.

James, who has been directing geophysical surveys across Ireland since 2002, has recently begun work on a PhD at the University of Bradford, reviewing the application of geophysical methods on Irish road schemes. As part of his research, James and Earthsound’s Darren Regan have spent the last week studying the pre-bog field walls on Slievemore, Achill Island using novel geophysical techniques and will be sharing some of his preliminary findings.

James’s talk will give a brief outline of geophysical methods and history, his own research and share some of his recent experiences working with the University of Bradford on the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project in the UK.

A Brief History of Archaeological Geophysics in Ireland by James Bonsall will commence at 8pm on Tuesday 2nd August in the Achill Island Archaeology Centre, Dooagh, Achill, Co. Mayo.

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