Gibson, Paul and George, Dorothy
Geophysical Investigation of the Site of the Former Monastic Settlement, Clonard, County Meath, Ireland.
Archaeological Prospection, 13.
Clonard, in County Meath, Ireland was a major ecclesiastical centre from the early sixth century to the
twelfth century and buildings associated with the monastery were in existence until the late eighteenth
century. However, today no extant buildings or features associated with the monastery are known.
The geophysical investigation undertaken in this project has uncovered many anomalies which may
be related to the monastic settlement at Clonard. A significant number of linear anomalies have been
detected east of St Finian’s church using magnetic gradiometry and twin electrode resistance surveying.
Many of these anomalies are probably field boundaries; however, a much greater diversity of geophysical
responses is located south and west of St Finian’s church. A subsquare enclosure of 60m sides is adjacent to a 300m long palaeo channel. A fine network of intersecting low resistance anomalies probably represent
former artificial drainage channels. Three large areas associated with anomalous magnetic
readings were located which might indicate sites of human activity. In addition, there
are four distinct zones which have large concentrations of high resistance values suggesting the presence
of walls or buildings. Resistivity and ground-penetrating radar depth slices show that one of
these zones has characteristics which indicate the presence of an east west aligned building approximately
7m wide in a north south direction and about 15m long in an east west direction
||Clonard; Ireland; monastic settlement; resistivity and ground-penetrating radar depth slices; pseudosection;
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