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Main Street Duleek, Co. Meath 2006





The excavation by Judith Carroll and Company was carried out on a medieval site prior to the construction of an apartment complex and associated buildings at Main Street, Duleek in County Meath. Archaeological excavations took place between 22 August and 29 November 2006.

The excavations at Main Street, Duleek were carried out under an extension of a previous license (04E654) issued for the trial testing phase of the project which we carried out in 2004.

The site was located in the north-east corner of the medieval town of Duleek. The town itself had its beginnings as a pre-Norman monastic enclosure. The curvilinear shape of the outer enclosure can be traced in the curving line of Main St to the south and south-east, Larrix St to the north, and a disused lane and field boundary to the north-west.

The origin of Duleek's name also seems to support its monastic origins. It is derived from 'damh liac', meaning 'stone building'. This stone building is reported to have been built in the 5th century when St. Patrick established a bishopric, instating St. Cianan, who died in AD 489.



Judith Carroll & Co Ltd
Archaeological Consultants
Ballybrack Road 
Dublin 18 

Tel: 01 6705067
Mobile: 087-9968819/ 087-3810933
Email: info@judithcarrollandco.ie
Website: www.judithcarrollandco.ie

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