Fulacht Fia with unusual work area in Carrigaline, Cork

A very large Fulacht Fia or cooking area discovered on a site in Carrigaline Co. Cork revealed an unusual “work area” beside a more conventional wood-lined trough. The work area was about the size of a double bed and was lined with wide flat planks and edged with a lip of timbers – perhaps to act as a retaining edge for the flat work area. From first analysis the site would appear to be Early Bronze Age.


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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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