Recent Work

Recent Work

Excavation at Clonard or Folkstown Great, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

The excavation at Clonard on the outskirts of Balbriggan, Co. Dublin uncovered an intriguing prehistoric landscape possibly informed and influenced by the wetlands located on the site and by an exceptionally early Mesolithic pathway that survived as a route through this landscape for millennia. Ceremonial and burial monuments from throughout the prehistoric period were uncovered between the pathway and the wetlands along with features associated with the exploitation of the natural resources of this environment. A pollen core of organic material from one of the wetland pools revealed a snapshot of the local environment throughout the Neolithic period.

The Final Report is available here: Final Report Clonard 15E586 Volume 1 200dpi

Volume 2 includes the specialist reports: Final Report Clonard 15E586 Volume 2


The preliminary stratigraphic report is available here: Balbriggan Preliminary Excavation Report

Kilgobbin, Co. Dublin

Final report on this fascinating archaeological site at Kilgobbin, Stepaside, excavated by Steve McGlade and team from 2014-2015. The report describes a complex prehistoric landscape of wells, fields and burial, and the varied way the dead were treated.

Final Report, Kilgobbin

Appendices to Final Report, Kilgobbin

Investigations at Alexander Reid, Navan

The archaeological excavation of an early medieval settlement site evolving over a number of phases was uncovered at Alexander Reid, Navan, Co. Meath. A series of eleven kilns were uncovered associated with the various phases of the ringfort along with four structures.

During the early post-medieval period the site was reused as a burial site for a short period.

The findings are presented in two reports:

Alexander Reid Premilinary Report Volume 1

Alexander Reid Premilinary Report Volume 2

Navan Aerial

Investigations at Glencree Barracks, Wicklow

The Office of Public Works came across some unusual masonry features during conservation works at this 19th century barracks site. We conducted an archaeological assessment to discover what these were, and charted the fascinating evolution of the site and the other Military Road barracks.

The findings are presented in this report: Glencree Assessment Report

Excavation at Seamount Malahide

Archaeological excavations at Seamount Malahide revealed an early medieval settlement built near prehistoric monuments overlooking Malahide.

The final findings are presented in this report: Seamount Malahide Excavation Report (and Seamount Malahide Excavation Appendices).

Excavation at Knockaphunta, Castlebar

The excavation of a complex fulacht fiadh site in Knockaphunta near Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

The preliminary findings are presented in this report: Knockaphunta Castlebar Excavation Report

Excavations at Brighton Road

A fascinating multi-period site was excavated at Brighton Road in Foxrock, Dublin 18. A natural spring provided the setting for Middle and Late Bronze Age (1400 BC to 900 BC) activity in the form of wells and fulachtai fiadh. In the mid-7th century AD a large non-domestic rectangular structure was erected on the fulacht fiadh mound. It is unique in the Irish archaeological record and may have been an early Christian shrine or baptistery, dedicated perhaps to a Munster saint such as Cian. In the mid-9th century the structure was intentionally dismantled and burnt down, which may be linked to the expansion of the ecclesiastical site at Tully.

Final Report Final Excavation Report Brighton Road (see also Excavation Report Brighton Road Appendices)

Excavations at Rathfarnham Castle

We carried out excavations at Rathfarnham Castle, a fortified house constructed in 1583 by Archbishop Adam Loftus, in 2014. An astonishing collection of 17,500 artefacts dating to the very end of the 17th century was recovered. We also carried out archaeological work in 2016 and 2017, with additional findings.

The findings are up on the Rathfarnham Castle Page.

Phoenix Park Magazine Fort

Archaeological surveying and test trenching was carried out at the Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park, Dublin in 2015, in advance of works by the OPW for public access during the 1916-2016 centenary. Archaeological investigations revealed multiple phases of construction and repair on the fort ramparts dating from between its construction in c. 1736, and its abandonment in the mid-20th century.

The findings are presented in this report: Phoenix Park Magazine Fort Testing Report

The survey drawings can be downloaded here: Phoenix Park Magazine Fort Testing Report Survey Drawings

James’ Street and Thomas Street, Dublin 8

Archaeological works along James’ Street and Thomas Street to upgrade the streetscape as part of the QBC scheme uncovered the medieval roadway and significant archaeological features around St. James’ Gate, including the remains of the late medieval gate, a possible early 12th century occupation layer outside St. James’ Church, the 17th century city defences, arefacts from a possible tilery off Crocker’s Lane, and human remains near St. Catherine’s Church.

The preliminary findings are presented in this report: James’ and Thomas Street QBC Dublin 8 Report