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Rubicon News- August 2014

The past month has seen an exciting discovery outside the gates of Trinity College Dublin, the online release of the Rhind Lectures and some fascinating facial reconstructions. As well as that we are continuing work on a number of excavation and post-excavation projects throughout the UK and Ireland.

Skeletons at Trinity College
Rubicon discovered human remains outside Trinity last week while conducting Luas works on behalf of GMC and the RPA. This represents an extremely exciting discovery. A press release will follow, but you can catch the early Irish Times coverage here and Irish Independent here.
The Rhind Lectures Online
Rubicon sponsored this year's prestigious Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Rhind Lecture Series, which has been running since 1874. The format involves a single academic providing six lectures on a specific topic over the course of a weekend. This year it was the turn of noted Irish prehistorian Professor John Waddell, who tackled the subject of 'Archaeology & Celtic Myth.' You can see Rubicon MD Colm Moloney discussing our involvement in a video here. All six of Professor Waddell's lectures are free to view online via the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland's YouTube Channel here.
George Osborne's Planning Reforms
Chancellor George Osborne recently announced a plan to build 200,000 homes on brownfield sites by 2020. The process puts responsibility on the local authority to pre-approve planning on these sites in order to remove obstacles to construction. We ask if these moves herald a brownfield revolution or a potential archaeological nightmare- you can read more about our thoughts on its impact here.
 
Constitution Street Facial Reconstructions
In 2010 Rubicon's osteological team led by Carmelita Troy analysed a medieval cemetery assemblage of hundreds of individuals from Constitution St., Edinburgh. The analysis was carried out for Headland as part of works for Edinburgh's new tramline. Now the City of Edinburgh Council's Archaeology Service have combined our analysis with the talents of facial reconstruction specialists at the University of Dundee to reveal what these medieval people looked like. You can read more about the inhabitants of medieval Leith here.
A5 WTC Final Post Excavation Commences
In 2013 we excavated
nine sites in Co. Tyrone in partnership with Cotswold on behalf of Transport Northern Ireland. Among the discoveries were a Neolithic embanked enclosure and a multi-period Prehistoric habitation site. We will have Post-Ex updates in future editions of the newsletter.
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