New Discoveries At Glendalough

Community Excavation in Glendalough Aug 2016
D. Burns

The Glendalough Heritage Forum is hosting a talk from UCD School of Archaeology on discoveries in Glendalough arising from their Archaeological investigations.

UCD School of Archaeology have been undertaking archaeological excavations in the valley of Glendalough since 2009. The excavations  typically take place over  two weeks and are the main undergraduate training programme for the UCD School of Archaeology. Since 2013 this has focused on an area immediately west of the main monastic complex, targeting features identified in geophysical survey undertaken in 2011. These features include buildings, substantial timber structures and a large ditch, over 6m wide and of unknown depth. Artifacts include a silver coin of King Sitric and a bronze ring pin.

Last year,  the two week undergraduate field school was supplemented by a two week community excavation, made possible through funding support from the Heritage Council and Wicklow County Council. This effectively doubled the duration of the excavation and greatly assisted the research framework. This talk will highlight recent discoveries and explore the significance of these in our wider understanding of the history of settlement and activity in the Glendalough Valley. 

 In 2017 the field school is scheduled to run from August 21st to Sept 1st, come along to find out how you can get involved.

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