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"Maths and the Céide Fields" with Seamus Caulfield

An exploration of ancient mathematics through a stone age heritage site.
  • Location: Dublin
  • Adult Groups
  • Family
When Oct 08, 2013
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Attendees Open to all.
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This is a free event.

The neolithic site at Céide Fields in County Mayo, Ireland, contains the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world, dating back more than 5000 years (older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge). The Céide Fields is a network of parallel stone enclosures with many of the walls running as far as two kilometers in length. Ten square kilometres of the site have been mapped. Patrick Caulfield, a local schoolteacher, first discovered the site during the 1930s. Patrick’s son, Seamus, grew up to be an archaeologist, and it was he who began the first true excavation of the Céide Fields in 1970.


Seamus Caulfield, Retired Associate Professor of Archaeology (UCD) has been involved with the archaeology of the site since its discovery and has observed mathematical patterns which can help explain the site. He will discuss the mathematics associated with the Céide Fields and open up a discussion about what it can teach us.



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