• Illustrating the Past: archaeological discoveries on Irish road schemes

Illustrating the Past is a lavishly illustrated book with more than 50 high-quality archaeological reconstructions.


Since 2001, over 2,000 archaeological excavations have been undertaken on national road schemes in Ireland. This work has radically transformed our understanding of the past, with an abundance of information about the individual archaeological sites, available from the excavation reports themselves and the numerous archaeological books and magazine articles published by the NRA between 2003 and 2015. Throughout these many publications, archaeological reconstructions have frequently been used to bring the past to life and to make it more accessible. Archaeological reconstructions also provide an opportunity for the artists and archaeologists themselves to explore the past and to test their hypotheses. This is the first volume in the TII Heritage series, which builds on the impressive track record of publication established by the NRA.


Illustrating the Past brings together a selection of these reconstructions, covering every period from the Mesolithic, when Ireland was first settled, to the early modern period and encompassing almost every county in Ireland. These reconstructions capture all aspects of past life from personal moments to broad sweeping landscapes, with the work of more than 15 artists being showcased.

Format Hardback, 260 mm x 297 mm

Pages c. 120; including prelims and end matter

Illustrations Maps, line drawings, photos in full colour throughout.

Author Sheelagh Hughes
Publication Data August 2015
Subjects Archaeology

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Illustrating the Past: archaeological discoveries on Irish road schemes

  • ISBN: 978-0-9932315-1-3
  • Author(s): Sheelagh Hughes
  • Availability: In Stock
  • €25.00