Photos from Archaeology dig…   6 comments

Last week, Anne Rea, one of our blog readers, asked to see some photos from the Archaelogy project that’s been under way for the last few years at the castle. Although we’ve managed to uncover some details of the medieaval castle, in many ways it has raised more questions than answers. The first part of the process consisted of a Geophysical survey which involved scanning every square inch of the island to see if we could ascertain what lies below the surface.

Geophysical survey.

Once this was completed and the results fully analysed, we had a much better idea as to where to start excavations. Areas of specific interest focussed on two primary areas, one on the north of the island where the footings of a very large tower can be found, and on the south side where incredibly well preserved remains of the curtain wall were discovered.

North Tower, estimated to have been at least 4 or 5 stories high originally.

Focussing on the North tower, a number of trenches were opened up, and managed to specifically identifying three different eras of occupation through the centuries.

One of the first important finds to come out of these trenches was a sliver penny from 1301 under King Edward I.

Silver Penny - dated 1301 AD


Other finds included belt buckles, links from chain mail, dress pins, arrowheads, evidence of a significant sized iron  and more. We’ll publish more details in the fullness of time, but we think we’ll have at least another 4 or 5 years of exploration before we know the full medieaval story. In the meantime, here’s a few more photographs of some finds.

Chain mail link, an arrowhead and dress pins.

Belt straps

The combination of the excavations and the Geophysical survey has allowed us to put together a revised reconstruction of the castle’s outer defences. See below.

Revised reconstruction of outer defences

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Posted July 9, 2010 by eileandonan in Historical

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6 responses to “Photos from Archaeology dig…

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  1. Wow! Thanks. Surely I’m not the only person who enjoys your blog, but I seem to be the only one who responds. Keep it coming!

    • I’m not sure Ann, the blog is still less than three weeks old and I really have no idea how people are reacting to it. That said, we’ve had nearly 2000 hits so far, so somebody’s reading it. It was always going to be something of an experiment, so we’ll see how things develop over the next few weeks. It’s always hard to know whether the content hits the mark or not, hence why I’ve tried to keep a wide variety of different material coming on.

  2. You’re blog is very good! Keep it up : )

  3. Certainly looking forward to more news on the ‘dig’! Fascinating!

  4. Yes, keep us posted on the “dig”!!

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