Margaret Gowen and Co. Ltd., Rath House, Ferndale Road, Rathmichael, Co.Dublin, is a professional archaeological company founded in the early 1980s. The company has carried out a number of archaeological excavations and development-led investigations arising from the requirements of development control and planning process, in line with legal provisions of the Planning and Development Acts (2000) and the National Monuments Acts (1930-2004) and Amendments Acts.
The Back Lane Dublin 8 Collection is one of many site archives that has been generated through this development-led excavation. The archaeological excavation on this site took place between October 1996 and March 1997. The entire excavation area was excavated to subsoil and seven phases of archaeological activity were recorded. These were as follows;
Phase I-post-holes, pits, gullies, and a clay bank,
Phase III-expansion of the clay bank,
Phase IV-post-and-wattle structures,
Phase V-stavebuilt structures,
Phase VI-later medieval activity
Phase VII-post-medieval activity.
Archival History ↴
Transferred by Margaret Gowen and Co. Ltd. To Dublin City Archives, 27 March 2009
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Margaret Gowen and Company Limited ↴
The collection contains archaeological excavation records from the site Back Lane, Dublin 8, licence 96E0300, directed by archaeologist Tim Coughlan of Margaret Gowen and Co. Ltd. Includes feature register, feature sheets, finds sheets, pottery sheets, finds list, notebooks, notes, plans, plan register, sample sheets, timber sheets, conservation files, artefact sheets, trondheim sheets and photographs. The collection also contains licences, correspondence, press articles, memoranda, method sequence of construction, copy of application for licence, comments on the Bord Pleanala Appeal decision and excavation report.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
Box list supplied by Margaret Gowen and Co. Ltd. Further box lists created by Paul Brett. Arranged by document type.
Conditions of Access & Use
Available to view by public who apply for research card in Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room, 138-144 Pearse street, Dublin 2.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
The terms of the Copyright and Related Acts (2000) allows DCLA to provide photocopies of material for research purposes only. Researchers wishing to publish will be obliged to write to Margaret Gowen and Company for permission to do so.
Material Language Script
Characteristics Tech Req
Computer required to access electronic records. Slide viewer required.
Box list available on DCAA Database in Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room
Archive Web Link →
Database of Irish excavations reports, www.excavations.ie
Descriptive Control Area
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.