Kerry County Museum will reveal the ancient secrets of Killaclohane Portal Tomb using 21st century science next week as part of Science Week.
The Tomb in the Lab is a series of discussions, demonstrations and displays taking place during Science Week Ireland.
Oldest Man-Made Structure
All events are based on Killaclohane Portal Tomb near Milltown, Kerry’s oldest known man-made structure dating to about 3800 BC. The Neolithic tomb underwent a major excavation and restoration programme in 2015 and the artefacts found have been the subject of intensive scientific scrutiny. The techniques used in these tests and the results are showcased for the first time during Science Week, which runs from 12th to 19th November. The event is funded by the Heritage Council and Creative Ireland and supported by Kerry County Council.
Over four days speakers and facilitators will showcase what archaeological science can tell us about our ancestors based on finds from Killaclohane. County archaeologist Dr Michael Connolly will outline the dig, describing tools and techniques used. Osteo-archaeologist Dr Linda Lynch will discuss what extraordinary information can be gleaned from a handful of cremated bone found at the dig. US based visiting researcher Kendra Sirak will showcase the ability to extract, sequence and analyse ancient DNA. Ceramicist Lone Beiter O’Reilly will demonstrate how pottery was made thousands of years ago for the purpose of holding the cremated remains of our ancestors buried at Killaclohane.
Talks All Week in Denny Street
These talks will be held at the Museum in Denny Street throughout the week. Please book your event in advance to avoid disappointment:
Monday, 12th November at 4pm: Dr Michael Connolly: Portal to an Ancient World. Free admission, booking necessary.
Tuesday, 13th November at 4pm: Kendra Sirak: Decoding the Past. Free admission, booking necessary.
Wednesday, 14th November at 4pm: Dr Linda Lynch: How the Dead speak to Us. Fee admission, booking necessary.
Thursday, 15th November at 4pm: The Family Science Show with Catherine McGuiness. Please note this is a family event suitable for children aged 6-12; cost: €1 per person, booking essential.
Ancient Pottery Making
Saturday, 18th November, 11am-4pm: Ancient Pottery Making with Lone Beiter O’Reilly – normal admission fee applies: Adults €5, children go free. This event is suitable for children of all ages, no booking required.
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