Mike Williams

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Into the light: uncovered pine stumps on the shore. Illustration: Michael Viney

All summer the quiet tides returned the sand that last winter’s storms had dragged offshore, heaping it even deeper over the old oaken wreck on(...)

Mike Williams, who has died aged 67, was a charismatic geology professor whose enthusiasm took him a long way from dry tomes and dusty lecture halls. (...)

 Pictured near the site with some of the red deer antlers from 500 AD which were found on the outskirts of Galway city are Brian O Carra, author of the paper on the site (left) and geologist, Prof Mike Williams. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Red deer antlers and horse bones dating back 1,500 years from north Galway Bay could have formed part of a ritual ceremony.The antlers, skulls, jaws (...)

 Prof Mike Williams, geologist wtih NUI Galway Earth and Ocean Sciences, recording data on the  remains of an oak trackway, estimated to be between 3,700  years old, on the shoreline near Furbo. The trackway was uncovered by last winter’s storms. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The north Connemara coastline could be one of this island’s richest “time capsules” of life before sea levels rose, according to State archaeologists(...)

The remaining walls of Arkin’s Castle on Inis Mór, stonework from which  been exposed by storm surges which burst through the castle’s sea gate. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway Bay could be a “younger” geological formation than previously estimated, following precise dating of a fragment from an ancient oak trackway u(...)

The stump of a 7,500-year-old tree at a drowned forest site exposed by storms at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Parts of extensive forests dating back 7,500 years that once marked Ireland’s Atlantic rim have been spectacularly exposed by the recent storms(...)

(From left) Nick O’Malley, Alex Turner, Jamie Cook and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys who lead the field for this year’s NME Awards with eight nominations. Photograph: PA

Arctic Monkeys lead the field for this year’s NME Awards with eight nominations. The annual music bash sees the Sheffield quartet competing for(...)

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