The Archaeology of 1916

Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street), Dublin, after the Rising (source)

A very interesting new project exploring the 1916 Rising from an archaeological point of view is about to commence in Dublin city. It will see a team of archaeologists, lead by Franc Myles and Professor Aidan O’Sullivan, investigating the legacy of the Easter Rebellion using a range of archaeological survey techniques. It is hoped that this work will provide a considered account of the conflict and its aftermath in the contemporary urban environment.

According to Franc Myles

One of the principal objectives of the project is to see what survives in physical terms of the urban landscape of 1916. As archaeologists, we’ll be taking a different approach to that taken by historians, where the fabric of the city will constitute our primary source material.

The study is being carried out in conjunction with the UCD School of Archaeology and in partnership with Dublin City Council (added financial support has been provided by The Heritage Council, UCD Research,and UCD Communications).

You can follow the projects progress on their website and also their social media channels: facebook and twitter. I can’t wait to see how they get on.


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