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Waste not, want not.

26th June 2015

David McIlreavy discusses recent evidence for a previously unrecorded crown glass manufactory in 18th century Rathgar In January 2015 archaeological monitoring undertaken at Orwell Park, Rathgar in Dublin 2 revealed evidence for a previously unrecorded small-scale 18th century crown glass manufactory. The greenfield site at Orwell Park, measuring c. 30 x 20m, had remained undeveloped despite the relatively Read more…

A Tale of Two Troughs

12th June 2015

Tim Coughlan discusses an Early Bronze Age burnt mound in Roscommon which displayed interesting evidence for phasing and woodworking.   Advance testing along the route of the N61 Ratallen Road Realignment Scheme in Co. Roscommon identified a burnt mound at Ratallen 1 (Licence Ref.: 12E264) which was subsequently excavated over the course of a sunny Read more…

The Paddle and the Point

17th April 2015

Christina O’ Regan ruminates on some unusual artefacts recently discovered in Co. Tyrone.   In 2012, excavations were carried out in advance of the A32 Shannaragh Re-alignment Scheme in Co. Tyrone. Four distinct areas of archaeological activity were uncovered including a Late Mesolithic encampment, a Bronze Age burnt mound with trough and a medieval wooden ‘trackway’. Read more…

16th/17th Century Re-use of a Rath at Carnmeen/Lisduff, Co. Down

20th March 2015

On-top of a hill, north of Newry, Co Down, Fintan Walsh identified interesting evidence for the re-use of early medieval rath DOW046:026.   A complex of multi-period archaeological features were identified at Carnmeen and Lisduff, Co. Down during advance archaeological investigation of the proposed extension to Carnbane Industrial Estate, Newry. These sites were subsequently excavated Read more…

On the Trail of the Ulster Scots

13th March 2015

David McIlreavy and Paul Duffy reminisce on a summer of discoveries during the Ulster Scots survey.   Since 2012 IAC have formed part of the research team for the Ulster Scots Archaeological Project. Our input involved conducting three research community-based excavations at key sites and an extensive survey of 17th century sites throughout Northern Ireland. Read more…

Boulder Burials Below Benbulben

6th March 2015

During the pre-recession halcyon summer of 2008 Faith Bailey identified a group of possible boulder burials in the shadow of Benbulben. The coastal margin between Sligo town and the Leitrim county border, scattered with recorded archaeological sites, is dominated by the outline of Benbulben Mountain to the east. Drumcliff, a small village 5.5km NNW of Sligo Town, 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…

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…

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…

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…

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