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SUBJECT: Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecture features noted archaeologist
DATE: March 24, 2003

Note to editors:

Memorial University will host archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Cooney of University College Dublin, for its Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecture Series 2003. Dr. Cooney's lecture is titled Lambay, the Archaeology of an Irish Sea Island. This is a public lecture, and all are welcome to attend. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 3, at 8 p.m. in Room A-1046, Arts and Administration building, located on Memorial's St. John's campus.

Dr. Cooney is a lively and informative speaker whose research is well-known in Ireland in both academic and public circles. He has been involved in a number of significant research projects. In recent years he has excavated Neolithic (early farming) sites on Lambay, a small island off the coast of Dublin. In particular, he has focused on Lambay's role as a quarry for ground stone axes, which were important items of material and ritual significance in Ireland during the Neolithic age.

In addition, Dr. Cooney's Irish Landscape Project traced the evolution of the Irish landscape from Mesolithic hunting and gathering times to the Neolithic with its highly visible monumental architecture. Dr. Cooney is founding editor of the popular glossy magazine Archaeology Ireland and has authored several books on Irish archaeology.

Recently Dr. Cooney spent several weeks in Newfoundland studying the organization of community archaeology projects in this province. This research, done in collaboration with Memorial University, was funded by the Ireland Newfoundland Partnership.

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