Excavating the Joyce Residence by jjqblog
March 4, 2013, 5:45 PM
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Joyce’s former home has become the subject of some archaeological attention.  A team of archaeologists from the National Museum of Ireland have just concluded a full-scale excavation of the ash pit from the house Joyce and his family lived in from 1900-1901.  The archaeologists have already found quite a bit of material, mostly consisting of glass slides of the kind used in magic lantern shows, depicting religious scenes.  They are still performing tests to determine at what period of the home’s history the items were interred in the ash pit, but results are forthcoming.  The home has some significance for Joyce’s work.  It is where the fifth chapter of A Portait begins.  The house is currently owned by Stephen D’Arcy, who has restored it.  Thanks to Terrence Killeen’s article in The Irish Times for the coverage of the story.


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