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    IQUA 2017 Spring Meeting.


      The 2017 IQUA Spring Meeting and AGM was hosted by the School of Archaeology in UCD on Saturday the 22nd of April at the Ardmore Annexe, Belfield, Dublin.
The meeting was open to all and consisted of short (20 mins) presentations on any area of new or ongoing Quaternary research. Postgraduate and post-doc students were especially welcome and were encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to present in an informal and friendly setting. Both oral and poster presentations were invited and there was a prize for best postgraduate talk which went to Sabrina Renken for her talk entitled 'Foraminifera: More than ONE proxy: An example from the north-eastern Atlantic'.

Abstracts of the talks can be found here:- IQUA Symposium Abstracts


The meeting was followed by the IQUA AGM on the Saturday afternoon. It ws decided that the Autumn Field Meeting this year would be held in Donegal and will be organised by Malcolm McClure and Ellen O'Carrol.


IQUA 2012 Field Trip Poster

IQUA is delighted to announce this year's IQUA Field Meeting in Roscommon and South Sligo on September 7-9th. The Meeting will introduce the outstanding karstic landscape features of Roscommon and its rich glacial geology. It will examine turlough life and the enigmatic pitfields. It will also cover the Famine in Roscommon and explore the complex monuments near Tulsk and Rathcroghan. There will even be a chance to slip into the otherworld through Oweynagat's Cave. On Sunday, a visit will be paid to the Bricklieve Mountains of south Sligo to explore their geology and follow the exciting new work on the least known of the Irish megalithic complexes. We will find out about what was so important about the Neolithic farming economy from new high resolution pollen work in this region.

The Meeting Fee is €20/30 for IQUA members/non-members and €10/15 for student and unwaged members/non-members. For those who cannot join the Meeting from the start on the evening of Friday 7th, it is possible to join up with the Meeting on subsequent days at any of the pre-arranged meeting locations as detailed fully on the Field Meeting flyer. The fee can also be paid at point at which you join the Meeting.

Further details, if needed, are available from the IQUA Secretary, Dr. Bettina Stefanini by email or by mobile on 087 218 0048.

Please note that the Seminar to open the Field Meeting on the evening of Friday 7th in Tully's Hotel, Castlerea, is open to the public. It features two talks, the first by Mary Kelly on "Why the Famine Affected Castlerea Differently to Other Places in Co. Roscommon", and the second by Kevin Barton on "Geophysical Explorations of the Rathcroghan Mound and their Intriguing Possibilities".

Please arrange your own accommodation, see below for a list of possibilities. Transport: There is a train to Castlerea but transport to each site will be by private car throughout the trip.

Accommodation in Castlerea:
*Tully's Hotel, small hotel in the centre of Castlerea: phone 094 962 0200
*Fallon's B&B, phone: 094 962 1183
*Armcashel B&B, phone: 094 962 0117
*Ronanae's B&B, phone: 094 962 0431
*Clonalis House is a Historic House that does B&B, phone: 094 962 0014