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.
The accreditation recognises the strength of our management systems and provides our clients with clear and certain assurance of the quality of delivery across all aspects of our services. Carmelita Troy, our Quality and Compliance Manager, led the team through certification and she will ensure we maintain and improve on the standards we have set.
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. The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment. Further details of the Scheme can be found here: ccscheme.
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.
The controversial find risks being suppressed as 'too emotionally charged for these strange times' - but we bring you the facts.
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. These Civil Flood Relief Schemes are huge projects which require a process of balance, compromise and collaboration across multiple agencies and disciplines. They represent a colossal investment of time, resources, ingenuity, engineering, planning and manpower.
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.
Located at Glanworth, Co. Cork, 6km northwest of Fermoy and 10km south-southwest of Mitchelstown, Glaworth Bridge crosses the River Funshion on the eastern outskirts of the town, 150m from the Main St and in the shadow of Glanworth Castle. It lies between the R639 at Monadrishane and the R512 at Glanworth. The bridge is a Hump-backed road bridge measuring c. 3.75m in width, constructed in random-rubble limestone with piers built on rock outcrops in river's bed. It comprises thirteen semi-circular arches, generally increasing in width and size towards the centre. The structure has rough limestone voussoirs and low pointed cutwaters on the upstream side only.
In the Vale of Tralee
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