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- PublicationRecent Excavations of Charcoal Production Platforms in the Glendalough Valley, Co. WicklowThis paper presents the results of recent archaeological excavations in Lugduff townland, Co. Wicklow - a location better known as the Upper Lake, Glendalough. Excavations in 2009 targeted charcoal production sites on the southern valley slopes overlooking the lake. These have provided important data about the nature and timing of charcoal production and the associated woodland resource in the valley. We begin by presenting a background to charcoal production in Glendalough, before summarising the results of the excavations, presenting details of the charcoal analysis and closing with a discussion of the landscape implications of our work, especially in terms of the recent woodland history of Glendalough.
- PublicationCharcoal production at Glendalough, Co. WicklowA large number of small-medium sized earthen platforms are present on the steep slopes surrounding the Upper Lake at Glendalough. These have been known about since the nineteenth century, and surveys in the late Twentieth century identified about 100 in total. Charcoal was frequently observed where these were disturbed.
- PublicationExcavations on Céide Hill, Behy & Glenulra, North Co. Mayo, 1963-1994This report outlines the results of excavations at and near the Céide Fields Visitor Centre, North Co. Mayo. Three projects are included here: Dr Seán Ó Nualláin, Prof Michael Herity and Prof Ruaridhí de Valéra’s excavations at the court tomb at Behy (1963-1969); Prof Seamas Caulfield’s excavations at the Glenulra Enclosure (1970-1972); and Gretta Byrne and Noel Dunne’s excavations in advance of the construction of the Céide Fields Visitor Cente (1989-1993). This report forms part of the Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscapes of North Mayo (NBNM) project which aims to bring to full publication the survey and excavations in north Mayo carried out by Caulfield and his students. The NBNM project has been supported by the Heritage Council (2008) and INSTAR (2009-2011). This project will finish in 2012, with a full text covering all aspects of the research and extensive interpretative discussion. This current report focuses on presenting the results of the excavations and an overall chronological model for the Céide Fields Visitor Centre site: the wider aspects of interpretation of site function, significance and parallels will be addressed next year. This will include comparative discussion of the specialist analyses summarised here.