Burial at Kilcoole

Excavations in Kilcoole revealed a single burial in the vicinity of a medieval church and graveyard. Only the lower femurs (left and right)and upper tibia and fibulae remained. The burial will now be analysed by an Osteo-archaeologist.Archaeological excavation at Kilcoole



Archaeological testing in Clare

Archaeological testing of a site in Clare revealed a Fulacht Fia near a stream in boggy ground. This corresponds to another archaeological feature found in previous archaeological testing. Snow showers made for very difficult conditions but the two cooking pits were clearly visible in the testing.

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Archaeological testing Dundalk

Geophysical survey of a school site in Dundalk revealed a number of strong linear responses which were investigated with a number of test trenches. A very large drainage channel ran diagonally across the site corresponding with a feature shown as “Ship Canal” on historic mapping (Brownrigg). The channel was 4m wide and 1.5m deep filled with stone, red brick and assorted refuse. Some nice finds came out of the trenches including a bone chess piece believed to be a Calvert Chess piece. This elaborate early 1800s English chess design, referred to as a Calvert Pattern,  is derived from earlier German designs from the 15th through the 19th centuries.

Calvert type chess piece








O’ Hares Bar, Carlingford, Co. Louth

O’ Hares Bar in the heart of medieval Carlingford is a fine example of how old buildings can be made viable and vibrant.



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Archer Heritage on Google Plus!

Archer Heritage Planning can now be found (and followed) via Google Plus. This means if you don’t use Facebook or Twitter you can now still keep up to date with our news updates from this site, plus photos from digs and artifacts that we uncover.


Very positive review of Aidan’s book in CBA review

Harvesting the Stars received a glowing review in the March issue of the Council for British Archaeology magazine “British Archaeology” from Mike Pitts, the foremost advocate for accessible archaeological writing in the UK. Making the book accessible to the non-technical reader was the cornerstone of the project so – high praise indeed!