Many people will be aware of the handful of contentious Irish sites that made international headlines during the heady years of the Celtic Tiger for all the wrong reasons – Carrickmines Castle, Woodstown, and Lismullin on the Tara M3. These sites gained notoriety for either holding up the progress of a developing nation or being bulldozed to line the pockets of the profiteering political elite, and the archaeological story was often lost in the cross fire.
Stepping away from the controversy, I’d like to hear about some of the multitude of other sites excavated prior to development that have revolutionised understanding of Irish archaeology.
I have been commissioned by Current Archaeology Magazine to write a series of articles detailing the best 10 of these sites, and over the coming months I will be posting more details on to diggingthedirt.com
What makes a top ten site?
I’m not yet sure, but I’m hoping to get as many opinions on likely candidates as possible from anyone and everyone involved – site assistant to director and beyond. If you have any ideas yourself, it’s time the world got to know:
What’s your top choice for the best site excavated during the Celtic Tiger and why?