Heritage Consultancy for Homeless Accommodation Redevelopment at John’s Lane West, Dublin
Rubicon were the appointed archaeological consultancy for the redevelopment of an emergency Day Services Facility run by Focus Housing Association CLG at John’s Lane West, Dublin 8. The project involved the demolition of the existing 20th century buildings across the site and the construction of a seven-story over a basement structure, that incorporated 33 apartments. Archaeological test trenching undertaken in conjunction with the demolition programme identified human remains in the northern part of the site. The subsequent archaeological excavation revealed 29 inhumation burials. The burials are believed to have been associated with a medieval ecclesiastical site, the Priory and Hospital of St John the Baptist, which was located on the present-day site of the Church of St Augustine and St John. The hospital was run by the religious order the Frates Cruciferi (friars of the cross or crutched friars), an order of St Augustine canons who operated exclusively as hospitallers in Ireland.