Recreating the Ancient Past

Saturday, 2 April 2016 | Trinity Long Room Hub | 10:00 – 16:00

Recreating the Ancient Past is the 2016 Day School of the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens. As an outreach event it is open to anyone interested in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds organised by the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens and the Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin.

This year’s theme invites us to reflect on the myriad ways in which the past can be ‘recreated’ in the present. The papers are therefore wide-ranging, taking us from the reception of classical themes into modern cultural forms such as poetry or theatrical performance to more modern forms of recreation such as replication work in archaeology and the digital worlds of virtual reality and 3D representations.

Programme of speakers:

  • Stephen Fox
    Illusive Motifs: Reconstructing the Mycenaean Figure-of-Eight Shield from Concepts to Combat
  • Charlie Kerrigan
    Recreating Rome? Reading Virgil in Britain, 1900-1920
  • Frank Lynam
    What is the city but the people? Applying VR techniques to the study of Bronze Age Cretan Urban Space
  • Sonya Nevin
    Animation and Creativity with Ancient Greek Vases: The Panoply Vase Animation Project
  • Sue O’Neill
    From Syria to London: the re-figuration of eastern material culture and western political narratives
  • Costas Papadopoulos
    Simulations of Light: Computational Reconstruction of Archaeological Spaces
  • Patrick Sammom, Sean McCrum & Anthony Kelly
    Kassandra: A Puppet in Argos

Booking details: 
Booking form can be found here . Completed forms to be returned  by 30 March 2016. For further information/queries please contact Dr Christine Morris (

The Archaeology 2025 Assembly | 7 April 2016

The Archaeology 2025 Assembly is to be the penultimate public event in the 6 months of open engagement for the Archaeology 2025 Strategy project.  Differing areas of expertise are invited to come together for collective conversation on how archaeology’s unique status as a cultural, scientific and social resource will play a strong, meaningful part in Ireland’s future.  So help to steer this ship forward in a way that may work for you and your organisation.

This is an initiative of the RIA Standing Committee on Archaeology, facilitated by the Discovery Programme. The project’s output with be a 10 year, all-island, strategy which will actively strengthen the future of archaeology.  Easily accessible location, in one of the hidden gems of the city centre.

The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin, Ireland

FREE. Booking is essential:

Call for Expressions of Interest to host VHN: Ireland 2016

Following on from the success of its inaugural meeting at Maynooth University last November, Virtual Heritage Network: Ireland would like to invite expressions of interest to host the group’s 2nd international conference.

Working to connect people from a variety of sectors who share an active interest in virtual heritage, VHN welcomes the contributions of researchers, educators and industry professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds including archaeology, cultural studies, social sciences, arts, conservation, education, engineering, computer science and business. Parties interested in furthering this kind of interdisciplinary and cross sector collaboration by heading up the organisation of the group’s next conference should complete the application form provided, returning it to by April 10th . Should you have any informal enquiries, please contact Dr Costas Papadopoulos, VHN Chair, at

Call for Expressions of Interest to host VHN: Ireland 2016 (PDF 59KB)

Virtual Heritage Network: Ireland 2016 Conference Host Application (.docx 71 KB)