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Volume 2 Number 1 ARCHAEOLOGY IRELAND Spring 1988

CONTENTS Editorial News Events

County Focus


A Little Known Curiosity in County Tyrone Soap Box

How to Slow Down and Improve Your Archaeological Photography

Recent Archaeological Excavations in

Waterford City

A Backward Look — Joseph Raftery

Science and Archaeology

The Influences of Other Sciences

Patrician Landscapes and Sites Bookview Letters

EDITORIAL TEAM Gabriel Cooney Emer Condit Claire Cotter Nick Maxwell


PRODUCTION Mary de Courcy Nick Maxwell Una MacConville Kevina Kell

CARTOONS A idan Walsh

Typeset: Brunswick Press/W ordwell Ltd Design: Wordwell Ltd

Published by Wordwell Ltd — Academic Publications 9 Herbert Lane, Dublin 2. 01 612542. PLEASE NOTE SLIGHT ADDRESS AND NAME CHANGE


Editorial We are marking the date o f publication o f th ii issue ot Archaeology Ireland, just before St Patrick s Day, with a photo feature on sites and landscapes associated with Patrick. St P a trick 'i Day is an occasion for festivities for Irish peopli everywhere, As Dean Swift wrote on 17 March 1713, recording events o f the day in London, th

St Patrick s Day is traditionally seen as the middle day of spring, the tim e by which spring crops should be in the ground. There is a genera expectation o f improved weather from now on and an upturn in work. The pace o f activity in construction work also tends to increase. Inevitably when this work involves alteration or improvement o f existing landscapes or townscapes the archaeology o f these areas may be affected. In large-scale projects, such as road construction, unless provision is made for archaeological work at an early stage in the project many sites, particularly low-visibility sites with few surface traces, may be removed without any record o f their nature or potential in telling us more about the past. Newspaper reports indicate that at Stansted A irport in Essex archaeological survey and excavation being carried out in advance o f the expansion o f the a irport facilities has revealed the presence o f 14 previously unknown sites o f various dates. In the near future visitors flying in on jets carrying the symbol o f St Patrick will land on the new runway at Dublin A irport, which is presently under construction. Was the land that they touch down on really devoid o f archaeological sites o r does that appear to be the case simply because o f the lack o f an archaeological input into the construction project for the runway and associated buildings?


h ront cover shown S t Peter's Church, Wuterford, from the eust

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