Claire Walsh is an archaeologist who works in the private sector, predominantly in Dublin, for Archaeological Projects Ltd. She is also an author and has published books on archaeological excavations in Patrick Street, Nicholas Street and Winetavern Street, Dublin and on archaeological excavations of the Anglo-Norman waterfront at Strand Street Great, Dublin.
This collection relates to a number of excavations in the Chancery Lane and Golden Lane area in Dublin 8. These excavations were all related but undertaken under different licences. Licence number 02E1694 relates to the excavation at Chancery Lane which began on 20 November 2002. This excavation was requested by Dublin City Council's archaeologist to provide additional information for a planning application by John Fleming Architects to develop the site (2669/02). The excavation was licensed by Duchas. Licence number 04E0237 relates to an excavation at Golden Lane which is at the rear of Chancery Lane. This was undertaken in 2004 on behalf of the developers, Rhatigan Developments. The archaeological work was required by the City Council's archaeologist, under planning reference 4826/03 and was undertaken under licence from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Licence numbers 04E1375 and 05E1239 refer to excavations at the junction of Bride Street and north side of Chancery Lane on the site formerly known as Lord Edward Court.
All the sites lie in an area of relatively high archaeological sensitivity. While located outside the defences of early medieval and Anglo-Norman Dublin, it is considered by many to be close to an early medieval settlement. The sites are located between the church of St. Brigit and St. Michael le Pole, on a route into the medieval city and several archaeological excavations have taken place in the vicinity of these sites.
The main finds at these sites were pottery (medieval, late medieval & post-medieval), animal bones (8th-14th centuries), leather (16th-18th centuries) and textiles (13th-17th centuries). A small number of human skeletal remains were also uncovered however the extreme low density of burials on the sites does not indicate their use as a formal cemetery.
Archival History ↴
Transferred by Claire Walsh to Dublin City Archives on 30 September 2009.
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Claire Walsh ↴
This collection contains archaeological excavation records from the site Chancery Lane, Dublin 8, by Claire Walsh. Includes context sheets, registers, reports (pottery, animal bone, textiles, stratigraphic), administrative material, radiocarbon date certificates, conservation sheets and plans.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
Photographs to be indexed by Claire Walsh and transferred to DCAA at later date
Collection processed and box lists created by Paul Brett. Arranged according to 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 Claire Walsh for permission to do so.
2 boxes + 1 outsize folder
Material Language Script
DCAA Database and box list available in Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room
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Descriptive Control Area
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.