Monthly News Archives:February 2015

A Deviant Burial at Shanraheen, Co. Kildare

6th February 2015

Maeve Tobin highlights an isolated late medieval burial recently excavated in Co. Kildare.   In 2012 monitoring of topsoil stripping along the River Barrow Abstraction Scheme (Contract 2): Srowland to Ardscull Rising Mains revealed numerous isolated features in the townlands of Ardscull, Salisbury, Shanraheen, Ardmore and Willsgrove, Co. Kildare.  The most intriguing of these sites Read more…

In loving memory,…a forgotten chantry chapel at Straboe

13th February 2015

David McIlreavy discusses the rise and decline of the chantry chapel at Straboe Church, Co. Laois.   Recently while out monitoring a pipeline scheme near Straboe in County Laois I took shelter from a heavy shower in the ruins of a church (LA013-005). Several architectural fragments from the 16th century arch had been arranged on the Read more…

Lessons in the field

20th February 2015

Christina O’ Regan ponders the benefits of practical site visits when teaching archaeology   Communicating archaeology to the general public is perhaps the single most important aspect of our careers as archaeologists, and community projects are central to this goal. In 2012, while working on the Ulster Scots Archaeological Project with our colleagues in URS and Read more…

Fields of Dreams – a Medieval Farmstead at the National Sports Campus

27th February 2015

Tim Coughlan describes an excavated medieval farmstead in the Dublin hinterlands. Pre-development archaeological investigation carried out in advance of the National Sports Campus development indicated features of archaeological origin at Sheephill, Co. Dublin. Subsequent excavation in early 2013 (Licence 13E020) revealed a small complex of early Bronze Age burnt mounds in ‘Area A’ and the Read more…