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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: M3 Motorway
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. Site Map.. Contact.. q.. Skip.. You are here:.. M3 Motorway.. M3: Background.. How the M3 route was selected.. Archaeology.. Newly discovered archaeological sites on the M3.. FAQ.. Frequently asked questions about the M3 and archaeology.. Publications.. View and download NRA and Meath County Council publications.. Links.. Some useful links.. About Us.. Introduction to the Project Team working on the M3.. As Gaeilge.. Information on the M3 in the Irish Language.. Mesolithic Woven Fish Traps from M3 Site Clowanstown in National Museum.. New Book 'Places Along the Way'to be Launched on Most Significant M3 Discoveries.. Welcome to the M3 Motorway Archaeology Website.. Please note:.. A new website providing information on the progress of the motorway construction is now available to access.. Please click on the link below..  ...   hectares of land.. The scheme includes 60km of mainline and 50km of ancillary and access roads.. The existing National Primary N3 Dublin to Cavan road is one of the principal routes linking Dublin to the north-west.. This route is currently dual carriageway to the Clonee Bypass, then passes through the centre of Dunshaughlin to the Navan Inner Relief Route and on through the centre of Kells.. Learn about the archaeological investigations on the M3.. Read a summary of the route selection process for Dunshaughlin - Navan section.. Glossary of archaeological terms.. Download Technical Reports.. Learn more about archaeological research.. M3 Clonee - North of Kells Motorway Archaeology Information Series.. M3 Clonee - North of Kells Road Scheme: Archaeology Research Framework.. Click to read the M3 website.. accessibility statement..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: Site Map
    Descriptive info: >.. Back to top.. Planning Process.. Route Selection.. Environmental Impact Statement.. EIS Downloads.. Archaeological Investigation.. Geophysics.. Testing.. Excavation.. Section 1.. Loughsallagh 1.. Dunboyne 1.. Bracetown 1.. Dunboyne 3.. Bennetstown 1.. Dunboyne 2.. Pace 2.. Pace 3.. Pace 1.. Piercetown.. Quarryland.. Raynestown 1.. Raynestown 2.. Rath Hill 1.. Johnstown 1.. Johnstown 2.. Johnstown 3.. Knocks 1.. Bennetstown 3.. Bennetstown 2.. Dunboyne 4.. Roestown 4.. Cooksland 3.. Merrywell 1.. Knockmark 1.. Drumree 1.. Leshemstown 1.. Leshemstown 2.. Castlefarm 1.. Johnstown 4.. Section 2.. Cooksland 4.. Cooksland 2.. Cooksland 1.. Roestown 2.. Roestown 3.. Roestown 1.. Garretstown 2.. Garretstown 1.. Berrillstown 2.. Berrillstown 1.. Clowanstown 3.. Clowanstown 2.. Clowanstown 1.. Collierstown 1.. Collierstown 2.. Baronstown 1.. Skreen 1.. Skreen 2.. Skreen 3.. Lismullin 1.. Blundelstown 1.. Blundelstown 2 3.. Castletown Tara 2.. Castletown Tara 1.. Philpotstown 1.. Philpotstown 3.. Philpotstown 2.. Castletown Tara 3.. Dowdstown 1.. Ballinter 2.. Ballinter 1.. Dowdstown 2.. Ardsallagh 2.. Ardsallagh 4.. Ardsallagh 1.. Ardsallagh 3.. Ardsallagh 5.. Trevet 1.. Section 3.. Williamstown 1.. Kennastown 2.. Kennastown 1.. Williamstown 2.. Macetown 1.. Gainstown 1.. Gainstown  ...   3.. Phoenixtown 2.. Phoenixtown 1.. Ballybeg 2.. Ballybeg 1.. Nugentstown 3.. Nugentstown 2.. Nugentstown 1.. Cookstown Great 1.. Cookstown Great 2.. Kilmainham 1A- C.. Cookstown Great 3.. Kilmainham 2.. Gardenrath 2.. Gardenrath 1.. Townparks 3.. Townparks 4.. Townparks 5.. Townparks 6.. Kilmainham 3.. Newrath Little 1.. Newrath Little 2.. Newrath Little 3.. Townparks / Commons of Lloyd 1.. Commons of Lloyd 1.. Cakestown Glebe 1.. Section 5.. Calliaghstown 3.. Calliaghstown 1.. Calliaghstown 2.. Boolies 2.. Boolies 1A + 1B.. Chapelbridge 5.. Chapelbridge 4.. Chapelbridge 3.. Chapelbridge 2.. Chapelbridge 1.. Drumbaragh 3.. Drumbaragh 2.. Drumbaragh 1.. Castlekeeran 3.. Castlekeeran 2.. Castlekeeran 1.. Pottlebane 2.. Pottlebane 1.. Derver 6.. Derver 5.. Derver 4.. Derver 3.. Derver 2.. Derver 1.. Pottlebane 3.. Tara.. Skreen.. Glossary of Archaeological Terms.. Archaeological Research.. POTENTIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF TESTING RESULTS.. FUTURE ARCHAEOLOGICAL STRATEGY.. PALAEOENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH.. HISTORICAL RESEARCH.. Architecture Folklore.. Technical Reports.. Open Days Public Visits.. NRDO Profile.. Consultant's Profile.. Latest News.. Eolas Fúinne.. Próifíl ODBN.. Próifíl na gComhairleoirí.. An M3: Cúlra.. An Próiseas Pleanála.. Ceisteanna a Chuirtear go Minic.. Foliseacháin.. Naisc.. Detailed Map.. Accessibility Statement..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: Contact
    Descriptive info: Contact Us.. If you have any comments or suggestions about the M3 website or any queries about the M3 please email us at:.. m3@nra.. MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL.. NATIONAL ROADS DESIGN OFFICE.. NAVAN ENTERPRISE CENTRE.. TRIM ROAD.. NAVAN.. COUNTY MEATH.. TEL.. 046-9075033.. NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY.. ST MARTIN'S HOUSE.. WATERLOO ROAD.. DUBLIN 2.. 01-6602511.. N3 MEATH CONSULTANT.. ARUP/HALCROW BARRY/MCOS.. C/O JB BARRY PARTNERS.. MONASTERY ROAD.. CLONDALKIN.. DUBLIN 22..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: M3: Background
    Descriptive info: M3 Background.. The need for a new road is well established and provided for in the National Development Plan, 2000-2006 (NDP) and Meath County Development Plan.. A four-year.. planning process.. was undertaken where a number of route options were examined [.. ].. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).. for the scheme was published and the subsequent An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing was held in 2002 [.. pleanala.. The proposed M3 Clonee - North of Kells Motorway is a much-needed scheme.. The N3 is identified as a Strategic Radial Corridor in the National Spatial Strategy and its upgrading is:.. an objective of the National Development Plan, 2000-2006.. an objective of the Meath County Council Development Plan.. referenced in the Dublin Transportation Office A Platform for Change Strategy 2000-2016,.. referenced in the Strategic Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area.. Archaeological work carried out as part of the EIS included desk-top assessment,  ...   Dunshaughlin.. Dunshaughlin to Navan.. Navan Bypass.. Navan to Kells and Kells Bypass.. Kells to North of Kells.. The M3 Route Selection reports were published in 2000 and 2001 with the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) published in March 2002.. This was followed by a 28 day Oral Hearing in Autumn 2002, detailed in the six volume Inspectors Report.. The scheme was approved in August 2003 and became operative in September 2003.. The test excavations of the approved route are now complete.. In general terms archaeological sites are fairly evenly distributed along the length of the route with a total of approximately 160 sites revealed.. The sites range in date from the Neolithic period to modern times.. They range in function from settlements to cemeteries and from burnt mounds to brick kilns.. Archaeological resolution of these sites began in June 2005.. Further information on the M3.. Archaeological Investigations.. Back to Top..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: Archaeology
    Descriptive info: M3 Background.. Archaeology.. For the purposes of archaeological investigation, the entire length of the M3 was divided into five separate sections.. Each of the five maps below represents one section.. Click on a section to view a more detailed map showing the location of the newly discovered archaeological sites along  ...   - Clonee to Dunshaughlin.. Link to Section 2 - Dunshaughlin to Navan.. Link to Section 3 - Navan Bypass.. Link to Section 4 - Navan to Kells.. Link to Section 5 - Kells to North of Kells.. Link to Technical Reports.. On site on the M3: Open Days and Public Visits..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: FAQ
    Descriptive info: FAQ.. Why do we need a new road?.. Why not change the Blue route (approved route) for the Orange or Pink routes on Section 2 Dunshaughlin - Navan?.. Why not widen the existing N3?.. Why put a new road through one of the richest archaeological landscapes in the country?.. Why destroy the landscape surrounding the Hill of Tara?.. Why locate the M3 where it will separate the site of Rath Lugh from Tara?.. Why destroy the archaeology that is found?.. Why did the public have no say in the chosen route?.. Why locate a floodlit junction (the Blundelstown junction on Section 2 Dunshaughlin - Navan) so close to Tara?.. What is meant by archaeological excavations?.. What happens when a site is excavated?.. What happens to artefacts that are discovered during this process?.. What constitutes a site of archaeological importance?.. Why not move the M3 Motorway to avoid sites of archaeological importance?.. What happens if there are new finds when construction on the road actually starts?.. What happens if a site of National Archaeological Importance is unearthed during the construction phase?.. Why is the NRA involved in the archaeological process - what does it know about heritage?.. Will I be able to see the artefacts uncovered by the NRA's archaeologists?.. Will the archaeological excavations delay the opening of the M3?.. How is the M3 being funded?.. Why do we need a new road?.. The M3 Motorway is a key part of the plan to upgrade the overall roads network for the country.. It will significantly improve road transport connections between the North West and the East of the country.. The transport corridor that links the North West, Cavan and North Meath with Dublin City is one of the busiest in the country.. The existing road is struggling to cope with the hugely increased volumes brought about by the population explosion in towns such as Dunshaughlin, Navan and Kells, as well as other areas of County Meath.. When complete the M3 will enable motorists to by-pass those towns.. The road will also cater for the traffic from all of these towns and from other towns such as Trim and Dunboyne.. In this way, the M3 will make life better for both those living in the towns and the motorists using the road.. The M3 will, on opening, provide safer, faster travel for approximately 22,000 vehicles daily.. This figure is in fact predicted to more than double in the ten years after its construction.. If the road is not built now the situation on the existing road will continue to deteriorate, becoming less safe, more congested and, ultimately unsustainable.. The whole aspect of Tara is as a viewpoint across the plains to the west of the Hill.. The 'western', Orange route would be fully visible from all points on the Hill of Tara.. It would also have substantial impacts on several known archaeological sites, particularly the bi-vallate hillfort, Ringlestown Rath, located 2.. 5km south-west of Tara.. The Pink route would necessitate a high level bridge over the River Boyne at Ardsallagh-Corballis, in order for the road to pass north of Dalgan Park and around the topographical ridge north of Skryne.. The Pink route would sever already densely populated residential areas surrounding Skryne/Skryne Cross/McKeown's Cross and Oberstown cross, cut through the GAA pitch and pass adjacent to a school.. Skreen is a hilltop of high archaeological potential and this hilltop would be severely impacted by the proposed Pink Route.. Because of the relative remoteness of the Pink and Orange routes there would be a difficulty linking them to the existing road network.. Long link roads with all the attendant impacts of a new road would be required to connect the proposed motorway with local roads.. The Pink Route would also affect undocumented archaeology, but as it is longer than the chosen option, more landowners and more existing road networks would be affected when compared with other routes.. Therefore, both Orange and Pink routes have a far greater impact on the environment.. Why not widen the existing N3?.. The existing N3 is lined with occupied houses and gates leading to farms or holdings set back from the road.. None of these accesses could be allowed onto a motorway/dual carriageway.. Very many of the existing buildings would need to be demolished and almost all of the mature trees currently lining the N3 cut down.. The existing N3 would need to be dug up, re-graded and re-laid so that widening the existing N3 would essentially mean building a new road significantly closer to Tara than the proposed road, but with a far greater environmental impact.. In addition, there would also be a requirement to provide a non-motorway alternative, to facilitate the traffic not wishing to or prohibited by law from using the motorway.. The whole of County Meath is a rich archaeological landscape with areas such as the World Heritage Site of Brà na Boinne, Tara itself, Fourknocks, Mount Oriel, Trim and Kells.. Undoubtedly any development in these areas would have an impact but every effort has been made to ensure that the impact of the M3 on this landscape will be minimal.. Through careful design only two RMP sites are being impacted on the whole route.. In recognition of the rich heritage of the area extensive geophysical surveys have been carried out and the road was moved during the EIS to avoid three new sites.. As expected a large number of new sites have been found throughout the route but the frequency and type of sites are very similar to that from other linear developments in County Meath and throughout the country.. These discoveries will all contribute to the archaeological record whether through being preserved in situ where the road was moved or through full archaeological excavation in advance of construction.. The landscape surrounding the Hill of Tara has not remained static since prehistory and much of the landscape visible today reflects the creation of demesnes in the 18th and 19th centuries.. The M3 will also have an impact on the wider landscape surrounding the Hill of Tara just as the existing roads network and housing do.. The M3 however, will be further away from Tara than the existing N3 Dublin-Navan Road being approximately 1.. 5km from the edge of the RMP zone around Tara and over 2km from the top of the hill.. The design of the route has  ...   of human activity.. Sometimes these remains are exciting or precious artefacts like weapons or jewellery.. More often excavation is like a form of forensic detective work - the careful investigation of apparently ordinary materials such as burnt soil and stone that can reveal the answers to questions about what people did in the past.. All such sites are excavated on behalf of the NRA and the County Council by a team of qualified archaeologists.. Their work is to obtain knowledge of the past.. The preservation of such knowledge by record is the real value of excavation.. Their work is carried out under standards set by the regulatory authorities - that is the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the National Museum of Ireland.. All findings from the site are recorded while all artefacts are removed, conserved and passed to the National Museum for safe keeping.. It is important to remember that excavation is only a technique, a way of recovering data.. It is the interpretation and publication of that data that helps create a better understanding of the past.. The NRA realises that all such information needs to be made more publicly accessible and it is part of its brief to ensure that all such information reaches as wide an audience as is possible.. All archaeological finds unearthed by the NRA's archaeology team are carefully removed, catalogued and then sent to specialists for study as part of the post excavation process.. Once this is completed the artefacts are then sent to the National Museum of Ireland to be put on display where appropriate.. For the archaeologist all sites that have the potential to reveal interesting and valuable information about our past are important.. However, it is sometimes only by archaeological excavation that the importance of many sites can be revealed.. Sometimes, however, on rare lucky occasions a new site or artefact type is found that is completely unique in Ireland.. Such a site, which can totally change our understanding of the past in a dramatic way, is undoubtedly significant.. Every effort was made to avoid all known sites during the route selection process.. Extensive studies were carried out to identify any potential new sites previously unknown.. Indeed, in the case of M3 the road was moved to avoid three such sites.. However, because of the density of archaeological sites surviving in Ireland it would be practically impossible to continually move the line of a road to avoid all archaeology.. Full-time professionally qualified archaeologists will be on the site at all times during the critical road excavation phase of the M3.. An archaeological excavation team will be on standby so that any possible find can be assessed and if necessary fully excavated and recorded.. An unprecedented level of archaeological study and investigation has been carried out as part of the planning process and is continuing prior to construction.. It is, therefore, unlikely that any major archaeological site would be uncovered during the construction stage.. However, if that were to happen then, according to legislation recently enacted, it would be at the discretion of the Minister of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to instruct the preservation or excavation of such site.. The remit of the NRA is to develop our national roads infrastructure.. Inevitably in the course of this work there is an impact on archaeology.. The NRA has always said that a balance must be struck between protecting our past and building our future, and this is exactly how it discharges its responsibilities.. A professional team of 23 archaeologists is employed by the NRA to ensure that the country's cultural obligations and the commitment to provide safer and better roads are in harmony.. In addition the NRA works with the wider archaeological profession to ensure that its archaeological work is carried out to best practice.. The NRA recognises that it is vitally important to continue to work closely with the archaeological profession to ensure that we add to our stock of knowledge about our rich past.. All of the archaeological work carried out by the NRA or on behalf of the NRA is recorded and all reports filed with the Department of Environment, Heritage, and Local Government and the National Museum of Ireland.. Ultimately all artefacts are deposited in the National Museum of Ireland which is the State's repository of archaeological objects for curation, display and to be available for further research.. As Meath County Council promised at the Bord Pleanala oral hearing it is the intention to ensure that the results of all of the archaeological investigations are made public.. Initially updates on the progress and results of the excavations will be posted on this website on an on-going basis.. All completed archaeological excavation reports and photographs of artefacts uncovered will be published on the NRA website.. At a later stage a series of exhibitions and publications will bring the results of any finds to the wider public.. Will the archaeological excavations delay the opening of the M3?.. There is no reason to think so.. The testing results to date indicate that there is ample time to excavate all archaeological sites along the M3 in advance of construction.. Of course, additional resources and time will be made available if required.. Roads constructed by PPP are to be tolled for a number of years so that the private sector can obtain an adequate return on its investment.. At the same time the NRA is conscious that there must be an alternative toll free road for those not willing to pay the charges.. The net result of the work being carried out by the NRA, aided by the use of the PPP mechanism, will be to provide a higher quality safer road infrastructure throughout the country in the shortest possible time.. The M3 will be funded through a mix of public funds and private finance.. A significant proportion of the proposed investment in upgrading our road network is today being delivered through Public Private Partnerships which can draw in private finance.. The idea behind Public Private Partnership (PPP) is to encourage close co-operation between the private sector and the public sector to deliver the overall roads programme with the private sector helping to finance part of the cost involved.. Without PPPs the road programme could not be completed and the overall objectives of regional development and economic growth would be under threat..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: Publications
    Descriptive info: NEW AND RECENT PUBLICATIONS.. M3 CLONEE TO NORTH OF KELLS ROAD SCHEME: NRA ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES SERIES.. Scheme Posters.. M3 Archaeological Results.. 1,324KB.. Catch of the Day: Clowanstown Mesolithic Fish Baskets.. 884KB.. Lismullin Post-enclosure, Co.. Meath.. 3,685KB.. Scheme Leaflets.. M3 Clonee to North of Kells Road Scheme; NRA Archaeological Discoveries Series, No.. 1 (2005).. 1.. 06 MB.. M3 Clonee to North of Kells Motorway Scheme: NRA Archaeological Discoveries Series, No.. 2 (2006).. 2.. 09MB.. 3 (2008).. 2,372 KB.. Other scheme leaflets and posters are available for download from the archaeology section of the NRA website.. nra.. M3 CLONEE - NORTH OF KELLS ROAD SCHEME; ARCHAEOLOGY RESEARCH FRAMEWORK.. The M3 Clonee to North of Kells Road Scheme; Archaeology Research Framework.. 476 KB.. M3 CLONEE TO NORTH OF KELLS MOTORWAY; ARCHAEOLOGY INFORMATION SERIES.. The M3 Clonee to North of Kells Motorway, Archaeology Information Series, National Roads Authority and Meath County Council, July 2005.. The publication has been divided up into the following documents:.. To view PDF documents you will need to.. download Adobe Reader.. from the Adobe website.. Cover Sheet.. 191k.. NRA Welcome.. 51K.. M3 Section 1.. 62K.. M3 Section 2.. 325K.. M3 Section 3.. 726K.. M3 Section 4.. 1,651K.. M3 Section 5.. 227K.. M3 Section 6.. 69K.. M3 Section 7.. 52K.. M3 Section 8.. 74K.. M3 Appendix 1.. M3 Appendx 2.. 58K.. PUBLISHED ARTICLES RELATED TO ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE M3.. Cagney, L.. 2006.. In living memory: Recent excavations at Philpotstown, Co.. Meath, in Archaeology Ireland, Autumn 2006.. 820KB.. In living memory: The history and archaeology of Philpotstown, in Seanda, Issue 1.. 701KB.. Clancy, P.. 2009 A Weave Not to Be Forgotten in Seanda 2009.. 07 MB.. Clarke, L.. and Carlin, N.. Life and death in County Meath: Prehistoric remains at Ardsallagh, in Archaeology Ireland, Winter 2006.. 700KB.. Life and death in Ardsallagh, in Seanda, Issue 1.. 451KB.. Cooney, G.. 2004.. Tara and the M3 - Putting the debate in context, in Archaeology Ireland, Summer 2004.. 556K.. Deevy, M.. 2007 A site visit with a difference, in Seanda, Issue 2.. 566KB.. Strange creatures and mixed messages, Note in Seanda, Issue 1.. 227KB.. The hidden archaeological landscapes of the M3, in Seanda, Issue 1.. 369KB.. Wading  ...   2008 A slice through time :Prehistoric and ritual near Kells, Co Meath, in Seanda Issue 3.. 04MB.. Martin, K.. When size matters: Megalocerus giganteus discovered in Co.. Meath in Seanda 2008.. 608KB.. 2007 Opening the door on a medieval settlement at Boyerstown 1, in Seanda, Issue 2.. 2,230KB.. Nicholls, J and Shiel, D.. Shades of Grey: Recent geophysical surveys along the route of the M3 motorway, in Seanda, Issue 1.. 592KB.. O'Connell, A 2007 Iron Age enclosure at Lismullin, Co.. Meath, Archaeology Ireland, Vol.. 21, No.. 2, 10-13.. 4.. 67 MB.. O'Connell, A.. The many lives of Castlefarm, in Seanda, Issue 1.. 388KB.. 2007 The Elusive Iron Age: a rare and exciting site type is uncovered at Lismullin, Co.. Meath, in Seanda, Issue 2.. 6,622.. Rathbone, S.. 2007 Seeing the light at Garretstown, Co.. 1,588KB.. Rosinska, D, 2007 The system of preventive archaeological research in Ireland a Polish viewpoint, in Seanda, Issue 2.. 1,390KB.. ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY, MONOGRAPH SERIES.. O'Sullivan, J.. Proceedings of two seminars in 2002 on provisions for archaeological work within the National Roads Programme: Archaeology and the National Roads Authority.. , Monograph Series No.. Dublin, NRA.. The M3 Clonee to North of Kells Road Scheme, County Meath.. Dublin, NRA -.. please see above under Published Articles Related to Archaeology and the M3 for a downloadable copy.. and Stanley, M.. (eds).. Recent Archaeological Discoveries on National Road Schemes 2004: Proceedings of a seminar for the public, Dublin, September 2004, Archaeology and the National Roads Authority.. THE PUBLICATIONS LISTED BELOW ARE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD DIRECTLY IN PDF FORMAT FROM THE NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY WEBSITE AT.. (Please click on the publication title to access it directly from the NRA site).. The NRA, The M3 and Archaeology - The Facts.. A Guide to NRA Archaeology.. - an information booklet which outlines the four stages the NRA undertakes to ensure best practice in archaeology.. Code of Practice between the NRA and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.. Guidelines for the Testing and Mitigation of the Wetland Archaeological Heritage for National Road Schemes.. (2005).. Seanda - NRA Archaeology magazine, 2006 Issue 1.. NRA Archaeological Discoveries, Leaflet and Poster Series..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: Links
    Descriptive info: Links.. Meath County Council.. National Roads Authority.. Local Authorities:.. Carlow Co Co.. Cavan Co Co.. Clare Co Co.. Cork Co Co.. Cork City Council.. DL/Rathdown Co Co.. Donegal Co Co.. Dublin City Council.. Fingal Co Co.. Galway Co Co.. Galway City Council.. Kerry Co Co.. Kildare Co Co.. Kilkenny Co Co.. Laois Co Co.. Leitrim Co Co.. Limerick Co Co.. Limerick City Council.. Longford Co Co.. Louth Co Co.. Mayo Co Co.. Monaghan Co Co.. North Tipperary Co Co.. Offaly Co Co.. Roscommon Co Co.. Sligo Co Co.. South Dublin Co Co.. South Tipperary Co Co.. Waterford Co Co.. Waterford City Council.. Westmeath Co Co.. Wexford Co Co.. Wicklow Co Co.. Government State Agency Sites.. Heritage of Ireland.. The Heritage Council.. Office of Public Works.. National Archives of Ireland..  ...   and Palaeoecology.. of Medieval History - Trinity College Dublin.. of History - NUI Maynooth.. Resources.. Irish Archaeology.. -.. A guide to Irish archaeology.. Excavations.. Database of Irish excavation reports.. British Irish Archaeological Bibliography.. Find out about archaeology via published sources.. CELT Corpus of Electronic Texts.. Resource for contemporary and historical Irish documents in literature, history and politics.. The Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland.. Museums.. National Museum of Ireland.. Professional Bodies.. Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland.. Research Bodies.. The Discovery Programme.. Archaeological research institution.. Journals Magazines.. Archaeology Ireland.. Quarterly magazine aimed at the wider public who are interested in archaeology.. Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland.. Organization of medievalists devoted to the advancement of medieval studies.. Journal of the School of Celtic Studies.. (Celtica).. Related Links.. Friends of Medieval Dublin..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: About Us
    Descriptive info: About Us.. Contact Us.. meath.. ARUP/HALCROW BARRY/RPS..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: As Gaeilge
    Descriptive info: As Gaeilge.. Eolas F uacute;inne.. An M3: C uacute;lra.. Ceisteanna a Arda iacute;tear Go Minic.. Foliseach aacute;in..

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  • Title: The M3 Motorway: Latest News
    Descriptive info: Mesolithic Woven Fish Traps from M3 Site Clowanstown in National Museum.. December 2009.. We are delighted to announce that the spectacularly preserved remains of a number of woven fish traps dating from the Later Mesolithic Period (c.. 5000-4000 BC) which were excavated at Clowanstown 1 on Section 2 of the M3 Scheme, are now on permanent display in the National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology), Kildare St, Dublin.. The traps have undergone extensive conservation and stabilisation since they were discovered in 2007.. These processes coupled with detailed photography and specialised 3D Laser Scanning ( See.. Seanda Issue 2.. [2007], pp.. 49-51) has ensured that these fascinating and extremely rare artefacts are preserved for future generations to study and enjoy.. An article describing the traps and their recent placement on display in the National Museum of Ireland has just published in the new issue of.. Seanda 4.. The full excavation report of the Clowanstown 1 site which includes a detailed discussion of the excavation of the site.. the discovery of the traps and associated features and very detailed illustrations, and photography can be accessed by clicking this.. link.. New Book 'Places Along the Way'to be Launched on Most Significant M3 Discoveries.. November 2009.. The NRA is delighted to announce the imminent publication of.. Places Along the Way: first findings on the M3.. , edited by Mary B Deevy and Donald Murphy.. Places Along the Way.. presents substantial accounts of and reflections on eight of the most significant sites excavated on the M3 motorway between Dunboyne and Navan in County Meath an area incorporating the broader landscape around the Hill of Tara.. The chapters describing the individual sites in this volume are all interim statements written while post-excavation research was continuing; however, many of the conclusions tentatively proposed in the new book are unlikely to be radically altered by further research.. While the evidence from the sites concentrates heavily on the early medieval period, there are also substantial traces of prehistoric and later medieval activity.. The book also contains an important contribution to the documentary evidence for later medieval settlement in Meath.. This exciting new book is significant in two respects; it will be the fifth publication in the NRA Scheme Monographs series and represents the first monograph dedicated to the excavation results from the M3 Clonee to North of Kells motorway scheme.. will be published by the National Roads Authority in December 2009 and will be available through bookshops or directly from Wordwell Books Sales (tel: +353 01 2947860; e-mail:.. helen@wordwellbooks.. ).. Final Archaeological Reports for Sections 1,2,3& 5 are now available to download.. October 2009.. Following completion of post excavation works and specialist analysis we are delighted to announce that all Final Archaeological Reports for sites excavated in Sections 1, 2, 3 5 of the M3 Clonee-North of Kells Motorway Scheme are now available to download from the M3 Motorway website.. The final reports include a stratigraphical account of the archaeological phases of the site, a discussion of the site and the archaeological artefacts recovered, photos and illustrations of the archaeological features and artefacts, detailed plans drawings of the archaeological features excavated and specialist appendixes which cover a wide range of analysis including environmental remains, lithics and stone objects, pottery, radiocarbon dates, glass beads, coins, insect remains and many more.. The reports now available cover a wide variety of archaeological periods and site types and include the Early Iron Age ceremonial post enclosure site of Lismullin and the amazingly well preserved Later Mesolithic remains from Clowanstown both excavated in Section 2.. Interim Reports for sites excavated in Section 4 are also available for download.. To access and download the final reports please click on the webpage for each particular site from the.. Archaeology Section.. The final reports are located on the bottom of each site webpage and are in pdf format.. Final Reports from M3 Sites available for download.. February 2009.. Following the completion of specialist analysis and post excavation works we are delighted to announce that Final reports for a number of archaeological sites excavated on Section 1, 2, 3 5 are now available for download.. Please click on each of the site names which link to the site homepages from where the final reports can be accessed and downloaded in pdf format.. Final Reports of M3 Archaeology Sites are now available to download.. October 2008.. A number of final reports for archaeological sites excavated on Section 1 Section 5 of the M3 Clonee-North of Kells Motorway Scheme are now available to download in pdf format.. The final reports are located within each of the sites specific webpages, below the site preliminary report summary.. Updates of final reports as they become available will be posted on the news page.. Five New Research Papers on M3 Archaeology to be Published.. August 2008.. The fifth monograph in the Archaeology of the National Roads Authority Monograph Series will be launched on Thursday 28th August in Dublin.. The new book is called.. Roads, Rediscovevery and Research.. It presents the proceedings of a one-day seminar held at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, on 30th August 2007 as part of National Heritage Week.. The monograph is written in a non-technical style and is extensively illustrated with colour images.. Impressively five of the papers in the monograph relate to research on the archaeological results from the M3 Scheme.. The paper titles are outlined below.. The M3 Research Framework and the Lismullin Discovery in County Meath - Mary B.. Deevy, NRA Senior Archaeologist.. Fragments from the Past: The Prehistory of the M3 in County Meath - Eimear O' Connor, Archaeological Researcher, ACS Ltd.. New Discoveries and Fresh Insights: Researching the Early Medeival Archaeology of the M3 in County Meath - Jonathan Kinsella, Archaeological Researcher, ACS Ltd.. Early Medieval Historical Research on the M3 in County Meath: Sources, Contexts and Analyses - Anne Connon, Consultant Historican.. Digging with Documents: Late Medieval Historical Research on the M3 in County Meath - Margaret Murphy, Consultant Historian.. Roads, Rediscovery and Research.. is available through bookshops, or directly from Wordwell Books (.. wordwellbooks.. or tel: +35312947860).. Two New Articles published on M3 Scheme in Archaeology Ireland.. July 2008.. The preliminary excavation results of a number of archaeological sites at Phoenixtown in Section 4, which produced evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Medeival activity are reported in a recently published article by Ed Lyne in Archaeology Ireland (Summer 2008).. Also recently published in Archaeology Ireland (Summer 2008) is an article by Magda Piotrowska Olga Karmowska two Polish archaeologists  ...   the sites currently undergoing excavation on the M3.. Excavation Directors Rob O'Hara and Lydia Cagney and Site Supervisor Alistair Clarke of ACS Ltd conducted tours of their respective sites at.. Roestown.. Dowdstown.. and.. Castlefarm.. , describing the ongoing excavations.. Selections of artefacts from each site were on display, along with posters and photographs outlining the various stages of the archaeological investigations and the significance of the artefacts recovered.. Click here to read more about open days and site visits on the M3.. Meath Archaeological and Historical Society visit sites on the M3.. June 2006.. Vistors from Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and members of the public attended an open day at excavations on the M3 on 25th June 2006.. Excavation Directors Rob O'Hara and Lydia Cagney of ACS Ltd conducted tours of their respective sites at.. Roestown.. Dowdstown.. A selection of artefacts from each site was on display, along with posters and photographs outlining the various stages of the archaeological investigations and the significance of the artefacts recovered.. Results of latest geophysical survey carried out at Castlefarm 1.. May 2006.. Additional geophysical (magnetometer) survey has been undertaken at.. in order to determine the extent of the enclosure complex which had been revealed during the previous geophysical works and archaeological testing and to inform on the current phase of excavation.. This latest geophysical investigation at Castlefarm was carred out in three areas: Areas 1 3 are located within the existing roadtake, while Area 2 lies immediately to the east of the roadtake, beyond the current area of excavation.. The eastern section of a large circular enclosure measuring c.. 70-80m in diameter was identified in Area 2.. A number of anomalies located at the enclosure interior suggest the remains of possible pits and associated internal structures.. Numerous linear responses and trends were also detected beyond the enclosure perimeter and some of these are likely to reflect part of an associated field system.. Archaeological Excavation at Merrywell 1.. April 2006.. Archaeological excavation at Merrywell 1 (Section 1 Clonee-Dunshaughlin) is now complete.. The excavation revealed the remnants of a probable medieval ridge and furrow system or field system.. A medieval well was also uncovered and a worked oak beam and wooden bowl were found preserved in its waterlogged deposits.. Among the artefacts found were a large quantity of medieval pottery sherds, a knife blade, arrowhead and metal clasp.. Click here for more detail on the results of the excavation at Merrywell 1.. Palaeoenvironmental Research on the M3.. March 2006.. An assessment of the.. palaeoenvironmental research.. potential on the M3 Clonee â “ North of Kells Road Scheme was carried out in 2005 by researchers from the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin.. This assessment forms part of an overarching research framework, the aim of which is to transform the archaeological data generated on the M3 archaeological investigations from â ˜informationâ ™ to â ˜knowledgeâ ™.. One strategy in achieving this aim is to place the newly uncovered archaeological data within its archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and historical context.. Click here to download the Report on the Assessment of Palaeoenvironmental Research Potential on the Route of the M3 Clonee-North of Kells.. Results of Geophysical Survey Carried Out at Boyerstown 3.. February 2006.. A magnetometer survey has been carried out at.. Boyerstown 3.. , revealing a very large complex of enclosures.. Both this new geophysical survey and the previous testing indicate that these features are likely to represent sites of different periods, prehistoric and possibly early medieval or later.. The complex of anomalies identified include five circular enclosures, a sub-rectangular enclosure network, the remains of several outlying enclosures and a part of a probable field system.. Results of Geophysical Survey Carried Out at Collierstown 1.. January 2006.. Geophysical survey, both magnetometer and resistivity survey, has been undertaken at.. Three stone-lined graves and a number of other features were found in testing.. The geophysical survey revealed that these features are ditched enclosures surrounding the burials.. Results of Archaeological Excavations at Philpotstown & Dowdstown Now.. December 2005.. The building foundations of a 19th century post office and smithy were initially uncovered during testing in 2004 at Dillon's Bridge, in Philpotstown townland.. Archaeological excavations carried out by ACS Ltd at this site, located on the east side of the present N3 Dublin-Navan road, are now substantially complete -.. please click here for details.. The foundations and brick floor of an early 19th century house and part of a cobbled road were uncovered during testing in Dowdstown townland in 2004 -.. M3 Clonee-North of Kells Road Scheme: Archaeology Research Framework.. September 2005.. The National Roads Authority and Meath County Council have recently published the M3 Clonee-North of Kells Road Scheme; Archaeology Research Framework.. This document describes the overarching research framework under which the next phase of the M3 archaeological investigations will be carried out.. Undoubtedly, these investigations will generate new discoveries that will contribute to our understanding of past societies, both in a local and wider context.. The aim of the research framework therefore is to ensure that the data generated on the M3 archaeological investigations will be transformed from 'information' to 'knowledge'.. Click here to download the M3 Clonee - North of Kells Road Scheme; Archaeology Research Framework.. For further information on this document, please email us at.. August 2005.. The National Roads Authority and Meath County Council have recently published the M3 Clonee -North of Kells Motorway Archaeology Information Series.. This information pack summarises the planning background of the route, in particular the choice of route for the Dunshaughlin-Navan section, which has attracted most interest.. It also details the archaeological work carried out to date on the whole route section by section - methodologies and results - and outlines the future proposed work - excavation, specialist work and other research.. Click here to download the M3 Clonee - North of Kells Motorway Archaeology Information Series.. A digital landscape model that provides a virtual 'flyover' of the completed route in relation to the Hill of Tara both from the air and from the top of the Hill is also now available on disc.. For further information on the information pack or digital landscape model, please email us at.. Two New Palaeoenvironmental Specialsit Reports on Lismullin and M3 sites available.. May 2009.. Two new reports by Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental of the University of Birmingham on Lismullin and a number of other M3 sites have been completed and are now available for download.. These reports are now available in the technical reports section under the.. palaeoenvironmental research section..

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