Archaeological investigations at Rathcoran, Co Wicklow

Neolithic Rathcoran in context
Schulting et al. 2017 proceedings of the prehistoric society
Rathcoran excavation trench 2020
Alan Hawkes
Archaeological Investigations at Rathcoran, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow
An overview of recent research compiled by Dr. Alan Hawkes

The significance of the  Baltinglass Hillfort Cluster was highlighted some 25 years ago by Tom Condit of the National Monuments Service who called it ‘Ireland’s Hillfort Capital’.

The  hillforts in the Baltinglass area include some of the largest examples of this site type known in Ireland and collectively form a most unique and significant prehistoric landscape.  Recent archaeological investigations ( survey and excavations) have been carried out by archaeologists at University College Cork and add greatly to our knowledge.

Wicklow County Council and National Monuments Service, through the Community Monuments Fund 2021 are hoping to further our understanding of the significance of this special landscape.

In this short powerpoint presentation above  from Dr. Alan Hawkes  we get an overview of investigations undertaken at Rathcoran in recent years and an idea of the significance of the wider landscape. More to follow!

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