Dublin City Archaeological Archive/Winetavern Street/Wood Quay (93E0024)

Repository: Dublin City Archives

Identity Statement

TitleDublin City Archaeological Archive/Winetavern Street/Wood Quay (93E0024)
Archive ReferenceIE DCLA/DCAA/05/01
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/dublin-city-archaeological-archivewinetavern-streetwood-quay
Creation Dates1993
Extent Medium2 boxes


Creator(s): Dr. Andrew Halpin

  • Administrative History ↴

    Dr Andrew Halpin was Archaeologist with Dublin Corporation from 1991 to 1994. He is currently Assistant Keeper, Irish Antiquities Division, National Museum of Ireland. The archaeological excavation on this site began in January 1993 and was commissioned and funded by Dublin Corporation. The excavation was the result of the proposed building of a new car park for the Civic Offices at Wood Quay, Dublin. The archaeological excavations revealed evidence of 13th century waterfront activity. It also confirmed the status of Winetavern Street as a major bustling routeway in the 12th and 13th centuries. Daily life was represented by the abundance of locally made pottery, as well as foreign imports of English, French and German origin. The numerous leather finds, wooden artefacts etc. provide great insight into life in Dublin during the medieval period. The site lies within the area of 13th century reclamation largely excavated by P.F. Wallace of the National Museum of Ireland. Part of the area had previously been excavated by A.B. O'Riordain, also for the National Museum of Ireland. The site was divided into two areas, Area I to the west, and Area II to the east. Area I was excavated first and this proved to be by far the smaller area. A large trench occupied the full width of Area I and had removed all archaeological deposits apart from a small area to the south. In Area II archaeological deposits survived across the full width of the cutting. This was a typical 'rescue' excavation, taking place in response to the archaeological implications of the construction of the Civic Offices, rather then being a planned excavation driven by particular archaeological research objectives, however it has produced results which can justifiably be described as both significant and as new, even within the restricted context of the history of the development of Dublin's medieval waterfront.
  • Archival History ↴

    Transferred by Dr. Andrew Halpin to Dublin City Archives on 07 August 2009.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Dr. Andrew Halpin ↴

    This collection contains archaeological excavation records from the site Winetavern Street/Wood Quay , licence 93 E 0024, by Dr. Andrew Halpin on behalf of Dublin Corporation. Includes context sheets and registers, site and finds drawings, reports on dendrochronology, finds, soil samples, geology, conservation, boat and ship timbers, photographs, maps, plans, blueprints and a published final report.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    Slides and drawings to be transferred to DCAA at later date
  • Arrangement ↴

    Collection processed and box lists created by Paul Brett. Arranged according to document type.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions 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 ReproductionThe 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 Dr. Andrew Halpin for permission to do so.
Creation Dates1993
Extent Medium2 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids DCAA database and box list available in Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NotePaul Brett
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40026