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Tonyquin Project
Since 2008 Dr. Charles Mount has been Project Manager of the archaeological investigations at the Tonyquin, Co. Cavan quarry. Archaeological Monitoring of soil stripping at the quarry site commenced in April 2006. In January 2008 the monitoring archaeologists began to encounter substantial numbers of archaeological features in the townland of Gortlaunaght covering a period of over 4,000 years. The sites included Neolithic pits and ditches with Grooved Ware pottery, a Bronze Age Ring-ditch containing a vase urn and the remains of a burnt mound, a rectangular Iron Age house, a large early Medieval enclosure that measured 65m x 50m with a surviving upstanding bank incorporated into a field boundary. To the north of this an upstanding ringfort was identified. This was subsequently excavated in the winter of 2008 and found to contain Bronze Age features within a later upstanding Early Medieval ringfort. Archaeological monitoring carried out in early 2009 to the north of this area in Tonyquin townland uncovered additional archaeological features. Excavations carried out in 2010 identified this as the remains of a Middle Bronze Age settlement associated with Cordoned Urn, Middle Bronze Age domestic pottery and some Neolithic Grooved Ware. Development and archaeological investigations are continuing.




Photo of the Middle Bronze Age House at Tonyquin.


   
Projects
The environmental impact assessment of Cam Quarry, Co. Roscommon
The development of a new quarry at Cam, Co. Roscommon near Athlone lead to the archaeological assessment of an extensive area of pre-modern field systems.
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Brownstown Quarry Project
Since 2003 Dr. Charles Mount has been project managing the multi-period archaeological investigations at Brownstown, Co. Kildare. Summaries of the investigations carried out at the site are appended.
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Archaeological impact assessment of a quarry at Killough, Co. Tipperary
Continuing development at Killough, Co. Tipperary required the archaeological impact assessment (AIA)of the heritage in the surrounding area.
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