Resurrection Monuments is a new community based archaeology project based in Baldoyle. The project has its origins in the successful Grassroots Archaeology project (2013-2014)
The project Resurrecting Monuments Communities reclaiming heritage has received grant funding from the IRC under the New Foundations Grant Scheme 2015. The research work being undertaken by the project will be coordinated by Grassroots Archaeology and the Baldoyle Forum, working alongside Professor Gabriel Cooney of UCD. Fingal Co Co will also take an active part in the project through their Heritage Officer Dr. Gerry Clabby.
The core project group comprises a mix of interested local people, local historians, amateur archaeologists led by local man Paul Duffy a professional archaeology and supported by Heidi Bedell of the Baldolye forum.
Site visit to St. Doolagh’s Well, April 2015
Geophysical Survey – Tower Hill Howth, May 2015
The project ‘Resurrecting Monuments – Communities reclaiming heritage’ has received grant funding from the IRC under the New Foundations Grant Scheme 2015. http://www.research.ie/sites/default/files/new_foundations_2014_0.pdf
Dungriffen Promontory fort – Howth
This project proposes a programme of works over the coming year which will target four sites in South Fingal. Programme of Works Five phases of work are proposed at each site:
March-April: Community engagement. This phase will see the contacting of interested parties, hosting of meetings and the creation of a committee and a pool of volunteers. The stakeholders involved and the volunteer will differ from site to site
April-May: Desk based research carried out by community members to detail, as comprehensively as possible the sites in question and their historical and archaeological contexts. SMR files, NMI Topo files, Aerial photo archive and national archives will all be visited by community members tasked with specific research goals.
May-June: Fieldwork including site visits, topographical survey of the sites and geophysical survey where appropriate (2 of the 4 sites).
July to October: If permissions and licences can be obtained – Excavation of test trenches (min 1, max 3) at two of the sites, namely St. Doolagh’s Kinsealy (DU015-009009) and Tower Hill, Howth (DU016-002001). In the event that licences can not be obtained- further geophysical survey at a number of sites.
October to December: Post excavation works including sample and finds processing carried out by community members. Presentations by group members and eventual publication.
Project Team The works will be carried out by the Ressurecting Monuments Group who are composed of community members and representatives from the Donaghmede Historical Society, Howth Historical Society and the Friends of Saint Doolagh’s. The works will be coordinated by Grassroots Archaeology and the Baldoyle Forum, working alongside Professor Gabriel Cooney of UCD. Fingal Co Co will also take an active part in the project through their Heritage Officer Dr. Gerry Clabby.
The Proposed Sites The sites which have been identified as possessing the most potential are:
DU015-019, a levelled burial ground on the coast in Baldoyle partially on council greenspace and partially in private residence. Topographical survey and research only.
DU016-002001, a levelled earthwork likely to have been a 12th century motte. The location of this site, on council land, adjacent to the Hurdygurdy Radio Museum on a broad, flat, grassy spur overlooking the harbour presents excellent possibility for large outdoor events during Heritage Week. The former presence of a deep fosse should make for successful geophys results. Collaboration with the museum and the Howth Historical Society should be equally fruitful.
DU0-016003, a truly spectacular promontory fort commanding Dublin Bay and straddling Howth’s famous cliff walk yet all but anonymous to tourists and locals alike. Excellent scope for topographical survey (with dumpy and grids) and geophys (providing the geology is favourable).
DU015-009009 an enclosure at St. Doolagh’s church which has been identified by geophysical surveyThe geophys results which show a large sub-circular enclosure and internal divisions, also present a great target for some small scale, focused trenching far from the current churchyard.