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    Archaeological excavations at Lugduff Townland, Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2011 : stratigraphic report
    (University College Dublin. School of Archaeology, 2012-06) ; ; ;
    In 2009 the UCD School of Archaeology initiated a broad research and teaching project focusing on the Glendalough Valley with a specific initial focus on the landscapes in the Upper Valley. The aim of this broader project is to integrate teaching and research, especially at undergraduate level. In 2011 this will include c. 40 students in a two week teaching project which included geoarchaeological survey, environmental sampling, geophysical survey, drawn and electronic survey, excavation and public outreach. In terms of the excavation, our aims in 2011 were to continue to examine the complex of features uncovered in 2010 in Lugduff townland (10E0311, see McDermott et al. 2010). These excavations successfully ground‐truthed the geophysical survey, but were not been able to fully characterise the very interesting archaeological features uncovered. In 2011 we excavated a 10mx10m trench (Trench 2) focusing on the anticipated junction of the track and path (Figure 1). A smaller trench (5m x 10m, Trench 4) focused on a geophysical anomaly located to the NE of the caher and located equidistant between two upstanding cross bases.
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    Archaeological Excavations at Lugduff Townland, Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2013: Stratigraphical Report
    (University College Dublin. School of Archaeology, 2014-07) ; ; ;
    This report details the initial results of archaeological excavations at the Upper Lake, Glendalough in 2013. These focussed on an early medieval ditch underlying the ‘‘caher’’ (WI023‐025‐‐‐‐) identified by UCD School of Archaeology in 2012 (Ministerial Consent C536. Excavation No. E4431). Excavations were undertaken between 19th and 28th August 2013 under Ministerial Consent. All excavations were carried out by hand. Desodding and re‐instatement were carried out with the collaboration of a landscape gardener, as per National Parks and Wildlife Service requirements (NPWS). Ministerial Consent C536 was obtained for project with excavation number E4431 assigned for use on finds and the archive. In accordance with the ministerial consent a metal detection survey was undertaken under registration number R310.
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    Archaeological Excavations at Trench 10, Pattern Bank, Seven Churches Townland, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 2014: Stratigraphic Report
    (University College Dublin. School of Archaeology, 2014-11) ; ;
    This report outlines the results of a small archaeological excavation at the ‘Pattern Bank’ Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (Figure 1). The excavations were carried out from 18th – 9th August 2014 at the request of National Monuments Service as part of the UCD School of Archaeology undergraduate training excavations at Glendalough. The UCD excavations also included Trenches 11 & 12 to the west of the main Glendalough monastic complex, which will be reported in due course. This report focuses on the Pattern Bank excavations (Trench 10), which uncovered a probable revetment/stone feature towards the top of the slope. No firm dating evidence was recovered for this feature but it is likely to be pre‐nineteenth century in date.  
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    Community Graveyard Survey at Glendalough Monastic Site, Co. Wickow
    (School of Archaeology, University College Dublin for Glendalough Heritage Forum, 2015-10) ; ; ;
    In August 2015 a new collaborative programme of work began which focuses on the Graveyard at Glendalough. The Glendalough Graveyard Survey was initiated by the Glendalough Heritage Forum and sought to advance our understanding of the graveyard by bringing together the local community, specialists in graveyard recording, State Agencies and University students and researchers. This newsletter highlights the ongoing work of the Graveyard Survey and some key results to date.
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    (Irish Quaternary Association, 2019-07-31) ; ;
    Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most iconic landscapes, combining stunning scenery with evocative ruined architecture, including distinctively Irish styles such as the round tower. The popular understanding of the valley’s history is that Saint Kevin retreated into the wilderness where he could be closer to God, and that there he founded his monastery which rose to a position of pre-dominance before subsequent decline. This is a powerful story, appealing to important myths about the nature of early Irish Christianity and with a complex relationship with Irish cultural nationalism. However, it is only a partial understanding of the long-term history of how humans have settled the spectacular valley of Glendalough. Glendalough is also often viewed as a natural landscape, but its form is an outcome of the long-term interaction between people and their environment. This brief outline, and fieldtrip, offers a more holistic perspective on this remarkable landscape.
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    Geophysical Survey at the Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
    (University College Dublin. School of Archaeology, 2012-11) ; ; ; ;
    The UCD School of Archaeology in collaboration with archaeological geophysical consultant Ian Elliott carried out geophysical survey at the Upper Lake, Glendalough in 2009 and 2010. This has allowed us to identify previously unknown archaeological features beneath the ground surface.
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    Temple-na-Skellig and St Kevin's Bed, Glendalough
    Glendalough sees almost a million visitors each year, and many of the key archaeological sites are heavily visited, but two important locations are very difficult to access. These are the artificial cave of “Saint Kevin’s Bed” and the Church and settlement evidence at Temple-na-Skellig found in a remote location on south of the Upper Lake, surrounded by steep cliffs.
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    Glendalough: the Upper Lake
    (Archaeology Ireland, Dublin, 2021-02-28) ; ;
    Glendalough (Gleann Dá Loch, ‘Glen of the Two Loughs’) in the Wicklow Mountains is a beautiful landscape, famed for its cultural and natural heritage. It is the place that St Kevin (Cóemgen) adopted as a spiritual retreat, to be close to nature, and where he founded a celebrated monastery, probably in the later sixth century.