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Top Ten Sites of the Celtic Tiger

Top Ten Sites of the Celtic Tiger

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Published by Brendon Wilkins
A four-part series by Brendon Wilkins, published in Current Archaeology, examining the top ten sites excavated during the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic boom, as chosen by the archaeologists who were working in Ireland at the time.
A four-part series by Brendon Wilkins, published in Current Archaeology, examining the top ten sites excavated during the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic boom, as chosen by the archaeologists who were working in Ireland at the time.

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Published by: Brendon Wilkins on Dec 08, 2010
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current archaeology
 
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www.archaeology.co.uk
IRELAND
 
Celtic Tiger archaeology
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imagine also that these excavations were fiercelyregulated to control their quality. This sounds likean archaeo-utopia: but for a short time it existed.This was Ireland’s Celtic Tiger archaeology.
Current Archaeology 
last published a specialissue on Irish archaeology in September 1970 (
CA
 22). The sites reported on then by Andrew Selkirk(Knowth, Newgrange, Navan Fort and Ballyglass)remained state-of-the-art for the following 30
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 When the Celtic Tiger
During the Celtic Tiger economic boom, Ireland experienced a period of prosperity which led to an unprecedented ‘golden age’ for commercialarchaeology. In a four-part series,
Brendon Wilkins
examines the top sites,finds and controversies that defined over a decade of discovery.
the golden years of commercial  archaeology in Ireland 
I
magine a place where the term ‘million-aire archaeologist’ would not soundridiculous, and where young archae-ology students could look forward toexcellent career prospects with salariesequivalent to any other profession.Imagine hundreds of excavations up and downthe country crying out for help, willing to payhandsomely, even for inexperienced diggers;
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ABOVE
Frosty morning:looking south on the N9/N10 motorway projectat Russellstown, CountyCarlow.
 When the Celtic Tiger

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