Welcome to the homepage of the Navan Research Group

The Navan Research Group (NRG) was formed in the spring of 1986, when quarrying threatened to destroy the archaeological remains of Navan Fort (Emain Macha), Ulster's ancient capital. The campaign that focussed attention on the iminent threat to the site aroused massive public interest at the time.
The various members of the NRG, drawn from the Queen's University, the Historic Monuments and Buildings branch of the NI Department of the Environment, and the Ulster Museum, all shared a research interest in the Navan complex and related monuments. Consequently, we believed that both our own interests and those of the general public would be best served by the formation of the Navan Research Group. The primary functions of the NRG are to coordinate and undertake research into the Navan complex and related monuments, promote and assist the research of others who are similarly engaged, and to inform both our colleagues and the general public of current research.
In order to fulfil this last function the NRG decided to publish its own bulletin, Emania.

Current Issue

emania 21 After a seven year hiatus, the Navan Research Group has both expanded its membership and relaunched their journal, Emania. The interdisciplinary journal focuses on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient 'Royal sites' of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Mediaeval period.

The current issue, volume 21, contains articles concerning the reception of the Ulster Cycle in Russia, the identification of Ptolemy's Isamnion, the fate of one of the Loughnashade horns, the source of the Creeveroe bracelet, floral remains from the Navan ditch, the social organization of Late Bronze Age Ireland, and the evidence for a population collapse or behavioural change during the Iron Age.

Volume 21 was launched at the Ulster Cycle International Conference on June 27th, 2013.