IAC carried out a built heritage assessment of a former flax mill in advance of demolition off Marsh Road in Drogheda. The site was located adjacent to the existing Scotch Hall Shopping Centre on the southern bank of the River Boyne and it was proposed to extend the facility. The external shell of the 1830s flax mill building formed the envelope of the structure however nothing survived of the original roof, windows and interior features.
An underwater assessment was also carried out at the site of a proposed bridge crossing the Boyne. Visibility was very poor and no archaeological features were identified during the survey and metal detection. It was recommended that a geophysical survey be carried out of the riverbed prior to any works commencing and that all dredging works be monitored by an archaeologist.
Following on from demolition IAC carried out archaeological testing, monitoring and excavation within the development area over the course of six months. Archaeological features were identified in four distinct areas outside of the line of the medieval town walls of Drogheda. The main area comprised two phases of late medieval structures which contained a cess pit. It has been suggested that these remains are associated with the medieval priory of St. James. A smaller area in the southern part of the development site contained 28 inhumation burials which may date to the late/post-medieval period. Nearly 2,000 artefacts were retrieved during this excavation including medieval and post-medieval pottery, medieval floor and roof tiles, clay pipe fragments and an array of wooden, leather and iron objects. The wooden artefacts include a stylus, bowl and paddle which have been conserved.