By Jonathan Millar
Rubicon Heritage are pleased to announce that Stage (iv) archaeological works (specialist analyses and reporting) have commenced for the N25 Killeagh Pavement Strengthening Scheme. The fieldwork was undertaken from 2016 to 2017 on behalf of MEIC Ltd. The project was funded by Cork County Council on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd is delighted to announce we have successfully tendered for and won the M28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Project - Archaeological Consultancy Services Contract, Stages (i) to (iv).
We have just published a new StoryMap revisiting a site we dug in 2006.
You can view it via the link below!
At Mucklagh 2, excavated as part of the N52 Tullamore Bypass for Offaly County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, we identified a unique Bronze Age link between Co. Offaly in the centre of Ireland and Wessex, via a gold object and an antler awl found within the cremation burial of an adult and a child.
THE APPROACH OF RUBICON HERITAGE TO ARCHIVING AND COMMERCIAL ARCHAEOLOGY IN IRELAND.
During the last 22 years, Rubicon has undertaken a huge range of archaeological projects, ranging from residential and renewable energy developments to larger, more complex schemes, such as flood relief / wastewater schemes and infrastructural improvement schemes. Rubicon have also been involved in Archaeological Services Contracts on numerous road and rail schemes, both rural and urban. However, once the digging stops the work is not finished – in some ways, the most challenging stage of the works is just beginning!
by Teresa Bolger
As part of the archaeological works associated with Luas Cross City (LCC), Rubicon Heritage Ltd. carried out an archaeological excavation at Grangegorman East. The location, which was to form a pedestrian access route from the LCC Grangegorman Stop to TU Grangegorman campus, had been flagged as the site of a potential cemetery in the original Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) for the scheme. A discrete programme of targeted archaeological test excavations in August 2015, identified two NE–SW orientated parallel trenches containing disarticulated human remains (i.e. charnel trenches).
Rubicon's Quality and Compliance Manager CARMELITA TROY discusses the process of achieving ISO Certification
On my return to work from maternity leave in September 2020, Rubicon’s Senior Management Team approached me to take on a role in Quality Management. I was genuinely intrigued and interested as my basic understanding of QM at the time was that its premise was rooted in consistency. Since then, I have come to learn that indeed consistency is a core principle, but also communication, compliance, and structure are all vital elements to its success.
Hospital Fever: Excavation of the medieval hospital of St John the Baptist in advance of new housing in Dublin
By James Hession
Rubicon regularly assists developers with accessing land for housing. This includes both pre-planning advice which establishes whether there is likely to be archaeology on site and mitigation services eg archaeological survey or excavation, which records known archaeology ahead of development. In 2017 we were involved in such a project at a medieval cemetery associated with the priory and hospital of St John the Baptist, located at Johns’ Lane West, Dublin 8. The work was carried out on behalf of Focus Housing, who were re-developing the site from an emergency hostel into a series of apartments for 70 homeless individuals and families.
Rubicon Heritage is very proud that we have achieved recognition of our commitment to the delivery of high quality services by achieving accreditation to the recognised international standards ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001, for Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Management. We are the first archaeological contractor in Ireland and the UK to achieve certification for all three standards together.
We are delighted to announce that we have been approved as members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme! Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.
A Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd employee living on the south coast of Ireland has found ‘The Holy Grail’ while excavating in her garden. The discovery, in close proximity to an Early Christian site with links to the Levant, Crusader Knights Templar, St Patrick and St Columba has the potential to redefine one of archaeology’s most enduring legacies and cure Covid-19 once and for all.
Survey Training given to 9 staff in Killaloe last week
by Jonathan 'Jonski' Millar, Geomatics and IT Manager
As part of Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd's commitment to Continuing Personal Development (CPD), staff Personal Development Plans (PDP) and enhancing the skill-set, competence and job satisfaction of our in-house staff, we created an 'Intro to Site Survey' training course and rolled it out to new and existing site staff working on the Killaloe Bypass, Shannon Bridge Crossing and R494 Improvement Scheme, Co. Clare last week.
In 2014 Rubicon Heritage were commissioned by Cork County Council to undertake an audit of heritage assets owned by the County Council. The audit was intended to assess a wide variety of these properties by providing an overall background/description of the selected sites and identifying the main heritage characteristics and status/functionality of each. We have compiled a series of blogs based on the information gathered during the audit to highlight a number of the selected sites and the amazing archaeology in County Cork. This week we look at Midleton Library.
A case study of archaeological mitigation of the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme
by Jonathan Millar
Flood Relief Schemes are becoming an increasingly necessary and urgent intervention world-wide, as the effects of man-made climate change alter patterns of environmental behaviour and threaten coastal and riverine settlements. Ireland is not exempt with the OPW taking continuous steps to mitigate for the most threatened towns across the country.
In 2014 Rubicon Heritage were commissioned by Cork County Council to undertake an audit of heritage assets owned by the County Council. The audit was intended to assess a wide variety of these properties by providing an overall background/description of the selected sites and identifying the main heritage characteristics and status/functionality of each. We have compiled a series of blogs based on the information gathered during the audit to highlight a number of the selected sites and the amazing archaeology in County Cork. Our next site in this series is Rosslague Martello Tower.
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