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Balrothery, Co Dublin, excavations for private developers and Fingal County Council 2000-2005



balrothery1Between 2000 and 2005, several archaeological excavations by Judith Carroll and Company took place in the north county Dublin village of Balrothery, two miles to the south of Balbriggan. In 2000, we commenced the large scale excavation of Rosepark, a multi-ditched enclosure, which had been identified by aerial photography. The excavation revealed a hilltop enclosure comprising a large number of ditches, burnt features, cereal drying kilns and souterrains. The findings suggest that the site was occupied throughout most of the first millennium AD. The hilltop enclosure was defended by ditched fortifications from perhaps the late 3rd century AD to the 7th/8th century. An open settlement may have evolved from the ditched defences but the hilltop site is likely to have fallen out of use as a habitation site by the 9th century AD, possibly as a result of Viking attacks. The site was surrounded by a large rectilinear enclosure by the Anglo-Normans in the late 12th century. This enclosure formed a land division known as Rosepark from the family of the first Anglo-Norman landowner, Robert de Rosel, who was granted the land by Richard de Clare, earl of Pembroke, or Strongbow, as he is best known.

In 2002, Judith Carroll and Company carried out test trenching at Glebe South and Darcystown townlands proposed for development by Mullen Development Ltd (licence no. 02E0043). In 2003, testing by this company was carried out for Fingal County Council on a site in Darcytown adjacent to Mullen Development's site. This was excavated under licence no. 03E0067. In 2004, full excavation took place on Mullen Development's site under licence no. 02E0043 and two new licences, 04E0680 and 04E0741.



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Dublin 18 

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