July News

The Grassroots team have been working away quietly and steadily over the last weeks and things are lining up well for the project. We have now received all of the permits and insurances required to proceed with excavations at Seagrange.

We have also been visiting potential Medieval church sites such nearby in order to build up a picture of the contemporary landscape within which the Seagrange monument may have been situated.


St. Fintan’s chapel, Sutton


Nearby Kilbarrack Church


‘Grange Abbey’, Donaghmede

A full description of these sites and their relevance to the Seagrange monument will follow soon

We are getting close to beginning the excavations at Seagrange. There are still however some details to be tidied up. In the meantime:

- Gill and Paul are working out excavation strategies and liaising with the County Council

- Enda is working on all things logistical, sourcing equipment and estimating timescales

- Seamus is furthering his research into the Battle of the Bloody Stream and the Viking/Norman    transition

- Brendan is at work on more replica medieval pots

- Paul will be presenting a paper on Medieval brewing at the Irish Conference of Medievalists on Friday 12th of July. Brewing is well attested to at monastic granges and medieval manors and as such, may well have been carried out at the Seagrange monument

2013 ICM poster