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Topic of Cancer

I am very lucky. I have cancer. These are two sentences that on first analysis don’t fit particularly well together. At least, until recently, I didn’t think they did, but they do. Perhaps I should be more specific. I had cancer. Past tense. Earlier this summer I underwent a small procedure to excise a lesion from my forehead. The biopsy confirmed that I had squamous cell carcinoma. It’s gone now, but it might be back. While I won’t require chemotherapy or radiotherapy, I will be under intense monitoring for at least the next year. Appropriate Beach Wear As cancers go, this isn’t a bad one to have. It could have been so much worse. I really am very lucky. It all started about a year ago when I got a spot on my forehead. Not a big deal! … except that it didn’t heal up. I realised that this was my fault – I kept picking at it. Not deliberately of course but I’d frequently find that, despite my best efforts, I’d have picked at it in a distracted moment and th

Co Mayo Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds 17 items identified as coming from Co Mayo along with one listed as coming from Galway/Mayo. The majority of these (15) are assigned to the Bronze Age. The most common object types are musical horns and pins (four each). All 18 artefacts are made of Metal. < Table of Contents Bronze Age: Metal items Mayo musical horn 19930601.200 Copper alloy musical horn; ends and most of one side lacking. Mayo musical horn 19930601.3.a Copper alloy musical horn fragment with loop. Joins 1993,0601.3.b. Mayo musical horn 19930601.3.b Copper alloy musical horn. Fragment, joins 1993,0601.3.a. May

Into the West: Errigal Keerogue Church

< 3D Images <Table of Contents The next place on my itinerary wasn’t too far from Knockmany … at least once I’d gotten myself un-lost and back on the main road. I’ve visited Errigal Keerogue Church a few times over the years and it always draws me back. The first time I was taken there I was in the company of the wonderful Chris Lynn, driving back from a Historic Monuments Council meeting. I always enjoyed being in Chris’s company - it was inevitably both a pleasure and an education. On this occasion he was talking about the Clogher valley landscape and a number of his experiences and adventures therein when he mentioned Errigal Keerogue. Had I been there, he asked? Er … no … no I’d not. To be honest, I’d not even heard of it, much less had it on a personal archaeological ‘bucket list’, but I wasn’t going to mention that bit. With that he eased the car onto a side road and after only a few minutes we were parking up in front of a seemingly rather ordinary ruin of a m

Into the West: Errigle Keerogue Church 3D

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Co Cavan: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds six items identified as coming from Co Cavan. The majority of these are assigned to the Early Medieval and Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age (2 each), followed by the Early Medieval period (2). Only two material types are represented in this assemblage: Metal (4) and Stone (2). < Table of Contents Neolithic/Bronze Age: Stone item Tullygarvey, Barony of discoidal scraper (?); discoidal knife (?) St.140.p Flint knife or scraper, broken, discoidal shape; snapped off at one end; made on a flake; retouched bifacially; dark grey colour. Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age: Metal item Bailyborough lunula 18710401.200 Gold lunula. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold. It is decorated with a complex finely-incised geometric pattern. 2400BC-2000BC (circa)