Margaret Gowen and Co. Ltd. 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.
This collection encompasses a number of archaeological assessments and investigations carried out in advance of the construction of Jury's Hotel, a carpark and an electricity sub-station at Christchurch Place, Dublin 8. This includes various phases of monitoring, test-trenching and excavation carried out under Excavation Licence Numbers 92E0028, 93E0128, 93E0163 and 94E0025 by Margaret Gowen and Co. Ltd. between 1989 and 1994.
The initial monitoring phase led to limited rescue excavations (Areas 1-4) and investigations to locate the line of the medieval City Wall. Further works on the uncovering of the medieval Geneval's (Geneville's) Tower were also carried out. Viking houses have been uncovered at the site.
Previous work at the site was carried out from 1972 to 1976 by the National Museum of Ireland, under the supervision of Brendan O'Riordain. Further excavations were undertaken by Claire Walsh of Archaeological Projects Ltd. in 1993 under Licence Number 93E0010 (see DCAA.06.01).
For further information on the archaeological investigations at the site see: www.excavations.ie entries 1989:032, 1992:052, 1993:058, 1993:059, 1993:060 and 1994:087. For the National Museum of Ireland excavations see entries: 1974:0014 and 1975:15.
Archival History ↴
Transferred to DCAA by Margaret Gowen in April 2014
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Margaret Gowen and Co Ltd ↴
The collection contains records from archaeological investigations of a site at Christchurch Place, undertaken by Margaret Gowen, Alan Hayden and Linzi Simpson. These investigations supplied vital information on the Viking settlement of Dublin and the City Wall. Includes: reports, correspondence, administrative material, a small number of site records, finds information, plans and photographs.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
Arranged by document type and chronologically.
Conditions of Access & Use
Available for public inspection Apr 2017. Closed for 3 years from date of deposit.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
Photocopies provided for research purpose only. Publishing by written permission from Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd.
Material Language Script
Box list available on DCAA database in Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room
Archive Web Link →
IE DCLA/DCAA/06/01 Ross Road/Christchurch Place Block C Collection. Also DCLA/DCAA/09/01 City Wall Photographs Collection