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 archaeological excavation on this site took place over a two week period commencing 31 March 2003. Preceding this, two days of clean-back took place (27-28 March 2003). The excavation was directed by Christine Baker with a team of 5-6 archaeologists. The excavation programme was undertaken on behalf of the Railway Procurement Agency as part of the Luas Development. It was located at the site of an ESB sub-station in the central median of O'Connell Street between the statues of William Smith O'Brien and Daniel O'Connell.
Structural remains were identified by Kevin Weldon of Margaret Gowen and Company Ltd., during ongoing monitoring (01E0733) of the removal of rubble overburden at the site. Following a site inspection by Edward Bourke, Senior Archaeologist, and Laura Claffey, Archaeologist of Duchas, on 25 March 2003 it was agreed that the site be preserved by record. The excavation programme revealed a number of structural elements including a quay wall, and their surrounding archaeological deposits, which were indicative of late 17th and 18th century development in this area. Finds included clay pipe stems, 18th-19th century pottery and animal bone.
Archival History ↴
Transferred by Margaret Gowen and Co. Ltd. To Dublin City Archives, 25 September 2009
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Margaret Gowen and Company ↴
This collection contains archaeological excavation records from the site ESB Substation, O’Connell Street Lower, by Christine Baker. Includes finds sheets, registers (plan, phot, timber, masonry, deeds), feature sheets, site notebooks, conservation records, administrative material (correspondence, method statements, copy excavation licences), photographs, plans and drawings.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
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. Publication by written permission from Margaret Gowen and Company only.
1 Box , 1 Outsize Folder
Material Language Script
Box list available on DCAA Database 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.