Recording in Devon and Cornwall

By Katherine Forsyth, OG(H)AM’s UK Principal Investigator Last month Megan Kasten, Nora White and myself spent a happy week in south-west England recording ogham inscriptions using photogrammetry (see here for more on this technique). It was fantastic to finally get to see stones I’ve been reading about for years but very sobering to realise it… Continue reading Recording in Devon and Cornwall

Medieval Manuscripts and ScribalStyles: Team OG(H)AM Hosts Artist Thomas Keyes 

By Deborah Hayden and David Stifter, OG(H)AM’s Irish Co-Investigator and Irish Principal Investigator In autumn 2023, the OG(H)AM team was awarded a major follow-on funding grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for the year-long Impact and Engagement project Ogham Palaeography+ (OPal+),  led by Prof. Katherine Forsyth (University of Glasgow). For one strand… Continue reading Medieval Manuscripts and ScribalStyles: Team OG(H)AM Hosts Artist Thomas Keyes 

Ogham in the British Museum

By Katherine Forsyth, OG(H)AM’s UK Principal Investigator Christmas came a little early last month when we were welcomed behind the scenes at the British Museum to record ogham-inscribed objects in its collection. Two are on public display and so some early starts were required to complete photography before the doors opened (it takes about two… Continue reading Ogham in the British Museum

The Periods of Ogam Usage

By David Stifter, Katherine Forsyth, Deborah Hayden, Nora White This is a revised excerpt from Stifter, White & Forsyth (2024: 218–221), which will appear in a volume edited by Alex Mullen and George Woudhuysen on 28 December this year (link here). In this article, we distinguish four more or less distinct periods of ogam usage… Continue reading The Periods of Ogam Usage

Oghams and the Roman Epigraphic Habit in late Iron Age and early Medieval Ireland; Guest blog by Karen Murad

We are grateful to Karen Murad for contributing a guest blog this month. She is currently working towards her PhD at University College Dublin, analyzing Ireland’s relationship with the Roman Empire and its impact on Ireland’s early Medieval social and political developments. Once finished, her goal is to marry her research interests with her background… Continue reading Oghams and the Roman Epigraphic Habit in late Iron Age and early Medieval Ireland; Guest blog by Karen Murad

The Stone Corridor – ogham stones at University College Cork (Part 2)       

Ogham stones in Stone Corridor ('Rúin na gCloch / Stories in Stone' exhibition), University College Cork (images by author).

By Dr Nora White, OG(H)AM’s Irish Postdoctoral Researcher In Part 1 of this blog post, I presented the first twelve ogham stones in the collection: six collected in the early 19th century (originally housed in the Royal Cork Institution) and another six from a single souterrain in the townland of Knockshanawee (Cnoc Seanmhaí, barony of… Continue reading The Stone Corridor – ogham stones at University College Cork (Part 2)       

Ogam script and cryptography in the Irish legal manuscript tradition; Guest blog by Dr Chantal Kobel

We are grateful to Dr Chantal Kobel for contributing a guest blog this month. She is a Bergin Fellow in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Her main research interests centre on medieval Irish language, literature and manuscript culture, in particular the extant medieval Irish law manuscripts. In an earlier blog, Deborah… Continue reading Ogam script and cryptography in the Irish legal manuscript tradition; Guest blog by Dr Chantal Kobel

The Stone Corridor – ogham stones at University College Cork (Part 1)

Ogham stones in Stone Corridor (‘Rúin na gCloch / Stories in Stone’ exhibition), University College Cork. (images by author) By Dr Nora White, OG(H)AM’s Irish Postdoctoral Researcher The Stone Corridor at University College Cork (North Wing of UCC’s Main Quadrangle Building), is unique in having a large collection of carved stone (including ogham stones) on… Continue reading The Stone Corridor – ogham stones at University College Cork (Part 1)

Ogham characters in Amhrán na Mara ‘Song of the Sea’; Guest blog by Dr Sabine Ziegler

We are grateful to Dr Sabine Ziegler for contributing a guest blog this month. She is the author of an indispensable introduction to and dictionary of the Irish ogham inscriptions (Ziegler 1994). She is now working at the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften in München, Germany. Sabine writes: Song of the Sea is a 2014… Continue reading Ogham characters in Amhrán na Mara ‘Song of the Sea’; Guest blog by Dr Sabine Ziegler

Ogam Script in Irish Medical Tradition

By Deborah Hayden, OG(H)AM’s Co-Investigator In a previous blog on this site, I noted that the use of ogam in early Irish manuscripts was closely associated with the development of texts on grammar and alphabets, subjects that would have formed a cornerstone of education for any medieval Irish scribe. By the late medieval and early… Continue reading Ogam Script in Irish Medical Tradition