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Geophysical Investigation of the Site of the Former Monastic Settlement, Clonard, County Meath, Ireland

Gibson, Paul and George, Dorothy (2006) Geophysical Investigation of the Site of the Former Monastic Settlement, Clonard, County Meath, Ireland. Archaeological Prospection, 13. pp. 45-56.

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Abstract

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

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Clonard; Ireland; monastic settlement; resistivity and ground-penetrating radar depth slices; pseudosection;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Geography
Item ID: 3070
Identification Number: 10.1002/arp.265
Depositing User: Paul Gibson
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 16:15
Journal or Publication Title: Archaeological Prospection
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons,Ltd.
Refereed: Yes
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