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Laurence Dunne Archaeology,
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Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Sep 9, 2019

Derrynane Caiseal Excavations

Derrynane Caiseal Excavations

Our second season of excavations are currently underway in Derrynane National Historic Park in Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry on behalf of the Office of Public Works (OPW) Historic Properties Division.

In late 2018 we completed Phase !. That involved initial clearance of vegetation from the early medieval stone ringfort also known as a caiseal or caher. The caiseal lies within mature woodland that forms part of the grounds of Derrynane House the residence of Daniel O'Connell, The Liberator.As well as removing the dense growth from the caiseal we also undertook a survey of the monument, including an initial plan of the souterrain.

At present we are revealing all of the facing stone of the caiseal enclosure internally and externally. This work continues to excite and has revealed very interesting preliminary results. These appear to show that the caiseal was modified, most likely during the O'Connell era, as a possible viewing platform within the managed woodland estate at Derrynane.

Ongoing works include the excavation of the souterrain following which we intend to undertake a 3D laser scan of it's interior.

Later this week we will commence an excavation of a targeted area in the western quadrant of the caiseal.