A remarkable discovery was made in 2007 by archaeologists conducting routine test excavations in a bog in south County Roscommon, on the route of the new M6 motorway. The Kilbegly horizontal watermill is one of the most significant discoveries of its type in the archaeology of post-Roman Europe. The millraces, millpond, flume or penstock, mill undercroft or wheelhouse, wheel-hub, axle and paddles were all found in excellent condition?together with tools and other objects associated with the mill, preserved in the dark, cool, airless depths of a peat bog. Excavation of the site provided a wealth of new information on aspects of early mills and milling and the sophisticated craft of early medieval millwrights in Ireland. The archaeological account of the medieval mill site is augmented in this book by scientific studies on palaeoenvironmental materials from the bog and a historical analysis of early medieval documentary sources.
Format Paperback, 190 mm x 245 mm; 196 pages; maps, line drawings, photos; full colour
Neil Jackman studied archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He has lived in Ireland since 1999 and has worked on numerous archaeological projects across the country. Neil launched Abarta Audioguides in 2012, a new company providing entertaining and informative audio guides to Ireland’s heritage sites.
Caitríona Moore graduated from University College Dublin with a bachelor’s degree in 1996 and a master’s degree in 2009. She is a wetlands archaeology specialist with a particular interest in ancient woodworking techniques and wooden objects.
Dr Colin Rynne: is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology, University College, Cork. He has published extensively on all aspects of industrial heritage and especially on early mills and milling.
|Author||Neil Jackman, Caitríona Moore and Colin Rynne|
|Publication Data||June 2013|
The Mill at Kilbegly. An Archaeological Investigation on the M6 Ballinasloe to Athlone National Road Scheme
- ISBN: 978-0-9574380-1-9
- Author(s): Neil Jackman, Caitríona Moore and Colin Rynne
- Availability: In Stock