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An Archaeological Study Of The Battle Of The Boyne At Oldbridge, Co Meath

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This chapter outlines the results of a pilot archaeological study carried out on the Oldbridge Estate, Co. Meath, Ireland, in advance of its development for the presentation of the events of the Battle of the Boyne which was fought by the forces of King William III and James II on 1st July 1690. The study falls into three phases. Phase I was background research involved cartographic and archival research, museum research an assessment of existing aerial photographic coverage. Phase II involved the application of a range of archaeological techniques. This included walkover survey of the estate and systematic surface collection survey of suitable areas, a geophysical survey of the river and an intensive survey of the riverbank, and terrestrial geophysical survey of selected areas totalling four hectares within the estate. Phase III involved limited test excavation to verify and further the nature of some of the previously collected archaeological data.

Keywords: Battle of the Boyne; Ireland; Oldbridge Estate; pilot archaeological study



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