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Archaeology Research Grant Reports

Archaeology Research Grants Awarded 2022

30 June 2022

Please click download to view a list of the most recent Archaeology Research Grants awarded. Individual reports will be published here in 2023.

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Loughnashade and King’s Stables. Understanding the deposition sites of the Navan landscape

26 January 2022

The project examined the Late Bronze Age pool King’s Stables at Haughey’s Fort and Loughnashade at Navan Fort, Co. Armagh.

Katharina Becker Download

Fingerprinting Famine Graves

28 October 2021

The planned drone surveys of two Great Famine cemeteries took place at Pulla, Co. Waterford, and Gort, Co. Galway. 

John Tierney Download

Finding the Black Castle

28 October 2021

Our project aimed to identify the site of the medieval Black Castle in Birr, through systematic geophysical survey.

Denis Shine Download

Geophysical Survey at Haughey's Fort, Co Armagh

28 October 2021

This report outlines the preliminary results of the project, which aimed to employ geophysical survey techniques over the important Late Bronze Age hillfort of Haughey's Fort and its environs.

James O'Driscoll Download

A preliminary investigation of the materiality of equestrian culture in early medieval Ireland (Interim Report)

28 October 2021

This project has sought to provide the first ever overview of early medieval equestrianism and associated equipment. This preliminary report describes work carried out to date.

Rena Maguire Download

Revealing Roesia: geophysical survey at the de Verdun castle at Roche, Co. Louth

28 October 2021

This project aims to investigate the building remains within the Anglo-Norman castle and potential Deserted Medieval Village on the plateau to the east.

Laura Corrway Download

A new scientific approach to determine agricultural management strategies in medieval Ireland

20 May 2021

Please click download to view a report on this project which was funded under the 2020 Archaeology Research Grants scheme

Meriel McClatchie Download

Environmental assessment of samples from excavations at Linn Duachaill

20 May 2021

Please click download to view a report on this project which was funded under the 2020 Archaeology Research Grants scheme

Nikolah Gilligan Download

Quarrying the past: Petrographic analysis of Dublin’s medieval building stone

20 May 2021

Please click download to view a report on this project which was funded under the 2020 Archaeology Research Grants scheme

Paul Duffy Download

A Community Archaeology Project at Killyloughran, Creggan, South Armagh

20 May 2021

Please click download to view a report on this project which was funded under the 2020 Archaeology Research Grants scheme

Colm Donnelly Download

Northern Ireland’s Round Towers (NIRT): Establishing a Chronology and Technological Understanding through Mortar

20 May 2021

Please click download to view a report on this project which was funded under the 2020 Archaeology Research Grants scheme

Gerard Barrett Download

Archaeology Research Grants Awarded 2021

19 May 2021

Please click download to view a list of the most recent Archaeology grants awarded. Individual reports will be published here in 2022.

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Archaeology Research Grants Awarded 2020

22 June 2020

Please click download to view a list of the most recent Archaeology grants awarded. Individual reports will be published here in 2021.

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Experiencing Trevelyan’s Corn: Using novel methods in bioarchaeology to reveal the effect of relief food on the bodies of the victims of the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852)

06 September 2019

This project used the analysis of carbon and nitrogen isotopes, and the microscopic study of bones to better understand the impact of the introduction of Indian meal into Irish diets.

Lauren Meckel Download

Surveying Knockloon: Revealing a ceremonial complex on the edge of the Burren

03 September 2019

This project involved the carrying out of a detailed aerial survey of Knockloon hill using a SUA (a small unmanned aircraft or drone).

Rós O Maoldúin Download

Powerhouse of the West?: The possible wider influence of Irish Bronze Age material culture and ritual practices

01 September 2019

This project re-evaluates the present Ex Occidente Lux paradigm for the origins of metalworking in Ireland.

David Bell Download

Visualising the medieval O'Kelly caput at Lough Croan, Co. Roscommon

31 August 2019

The project seeks to use LiDAR to aid in understanding a landscape which has been identified as an area of central importance to the O'Kelly lords of Uí Maine throughout the medieval period.

Daniel Curley Download