This video explores the archaeology of the valley of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, and objects which are on display in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology in the exhibition, Glendalough: Power, Prayer and Pilgrimage.
Learn about the role of archaeologist in Ireland, different types of evidence from object analysis, and the role of the Museum, with behind the scenes views of the Museum's laboratories, archives, and stores. Other scenes were filmed on location at National Monument sites and the National Park at Glendalough, at the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture at University College Dublin, and the Radio Carbon dating laboratory, 14CHRONO, at Queens University, Belfast.
Discover new information about the history and people who lived in the valley during interviews from a wide range of specialists, including museum staff, archaeologists from the School of Archaeology at UCD, The Discovery Programme, 14CHRONO, at Queens University, Belfast, and independent researchers.
Find out about the impact of the arrival of Christianity on Ireland, as reflected in the objects, art-work, burial practices, writing, and buildings of the time.
Watch our Museum staff discuss what key objects such as Ogham stones, ‘the Ardagh Chalice’, and relics, as well as pottery, clothing and monuments in the landscape, can tell us about cultural and social developments in early Christian Ireland.
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National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland is home to the world’s greatest collection of objects related to Irish history and heritage.
The collection spans from prehistoric times to the present day and is on display across four museums in Dublin and Mayo.
Exhibitions explore a diverse range of themes from Bronze Age gold and extinct Irish mammals to 20th century revolution and contemporary design.
The main aim of the NMI is to preserve, share, explore and celebrate Ireland’s history and culture and its place in the wider world.
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