Monday 14 October 2019

'What Lies Beneath' Fingal is revealed

Christine Baker Community Archaeologist with Acting Mayor Kieran Dennison
Christine Baker Community Archaeologist with Acting Mayor Kieran Dennison

The 'What Lies beneath: Fingal Geophysical Survey Project' exhibition was launched to an enthusiastic audience in Blanchardstown Library recently, by Acting Mayor Cllr. Kieran Dennison and Fingal Community Archaeologist Christine Baker.

The exhibition is the result of survey work undertaken late last year at Balrothery, Lusk, Swords, Newbridge Demesne, St Catherine's Park, Corduff Park, Dublin 15, and Rosepark.

The project is a community effort to discover the sub-surface remains in Fingal parks and open spaces, and to raise awareness of archaeological sites of interest.

The need for both development and preservation of archaeological sites has resulted in many being incorporated into the open space of housing estates or within public parks.

As part of the project, members of local communities raised awareness of these sub-surface remains by participating in geophysical surveys across six sites in Fingal.

Speaking of the project, Fingal Community Archaeologist Christine Baker said: 'There are over 30 green spaces within housing estates or within parklands throughout Fingal where we know archaeological remains have been preserved.

'The aim of this project is to connect people with the story of what is literally on their doorstep.'

Speaking at the launch, Cllr Kieran Dennison praised the project as a means of applying modern technology to our past.

He said: 'The What Lies beneath project is a way of integrating new communities with the heritage of an area, as well as making sure these sites are protected into the future.'

Fingal's archaeologist Christine Baker said: 'Not only did we confirm the location of the long-since destroyed house at St Catherine's Park, but we uncovered a completely new site within Newbridge Demesne.

'The What Lies Beneath project, which was supported by the Heritage Council, demonstrates how the community and professionals working together can produce wonderful research results.'

The results of the geophysical surveys are currently on display in the What Lies Beneath exhibition in Blanchardstown Library. The exhibition will run until March 8 2019, when it will be taken to other venues around the county.

Fingal Independent