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).
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.
Risky Business: Managing Risk when dealing with large scale, complex, multi-strand urban developments. Grangegorman, Dublin 7
By James Hession
The development of a new and vibrant campus for Technological University Dublin (formerly D.I.T.) at the site of a former mental hospital in the heart of the city represented a unique project for a variety of reasons.
At just under thirty hectares, the site was one of the largest undeveloped areas within central Dublin and as such was designated a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd were delighted to be appointed by the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) as their archaeological consultants, tasked with managing the cultural heritage assets at the site.
Rubicon Heritage is delighted to have work included in the new Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) archaeological publication ‘Above and Below: The Archaeology of Roads and Light Rail’, which is available to buy from all good stockists and via the Wordwell website.
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