• Above and Below & Through the lands of the Auteri and St Jarleth DUO

Supernatural power dressing in the Early Bronze Age. Ireland’s little-known connections to the Roman world. The underground remnants of Georgian Dublin. All this and more features in the 13 papers published in Above and Below: the archaeology of roads and light rail, which presents the ‘proceedings’ of a nationwide programme of Heritage Week events organised by Transport Infrastructure Ireland in August 2015.


The newly formed Transport Infrastructure Ireland marked its first contribution to National Heritage Week with a diverse series of public lectures, field trips and living history displays around the country, all related to archaeological discoveries made on national road schemes and the Luas Cross City project in Dublin. The success of this programme is celebrated with the publication of Above and Below, which presents a selection of the lectures.


Investigations on national road and light rail projects have revealed much about Ireland’s archaeological legacy at a variety of scales. Above and Below invites readers to explore the subterranean confines of an early medieval souterrain in north Kerry, amble through the magnificent Conamara landscape in search of west Galway’s industrial past, or take a virtual bird’s-eye view of the archaeological landscapes of north Roscommon.


Format:  Softback, 245 mm x 190 mm


Pages:  167; including prelims and end matter


Illustrations:  135 maps, line drawings, photos in full colour throughout


Publication date:  August 2016

Through the Lands of the Auteri and St Jarlath. The Archaeology of the M17 Galway to Tuam and N17 Tuam Bypass Schemes. NRA Scheme Monograph 17. Dublin.


Through the Lands of the Auteri and St Jarlath describes archaeological investigations along the route of two national road projects; one running between Athenry?in the south?and Tuam in Co. Galway and the other bypassing the town of Tuam. The sites included in this book cover almost the entire span of human occupation of Ireland, from early prehistory to the Great Famine. This prehistoric activity is primarily centered on the relatively flat floodplains of the Clare, Abbert and Grange rivers near Tuam and is characterized by a mix of probable ritual and domestic sites; an Early Neolithic enclosure ditch in Kilskeagh townland dating to c. 3500 BC, a series of burnt mounds in Cloondarone townland which was probably used by an extended family group throughout the Bronze Age (other such sites were founds at Annagh Hill and Ardskea Beg) and a single Early to Middle Bronze Age cremation burial at Mahanagh. Early medieval activity is generally confined to the very northern and southern limits of the route; ringforts?enclosed farmsteads?were excavated to the immediate west of Athenry in Rathmorrissy townland and just north of Tuam in Kilcloghans townland. A number of skeletons were found during excavations at Rathmorrissy and a well-built, stone-lined souterrain (underground chamber) and a wealth of finds came from Kilcloghans. Clusters of collapsed Famine-period vernacular cottages—the practical dwellings of practical people?were excavated on Annagh Hill and at ‘Old Kilskeagh’. Several of these ruins are not represented on any map and the excavations here represent the only record of these buildings. The book is lavishly illustrated and the archaeological discoveries are presented in an easy, narrative style.


Paperback, 190 mm x 245 mm


Illustrations Maps, line drawings, photos; full colour.

Author Michael Stanley (ed.)
Publisher Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Subjects Archaeology, Heritage, Transport

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Above and Below & Through the lands of the Auteri and St Jarleth DUO

  • ISBN: 978-0-9932315-3-7
  • Author(s): Michael Stanley (ed.)
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