2004:0546 - GOLDEN LANE/CHANCERY LANE, DUBLIN, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: GOLDEN LANE/CHANCERY LANE, DUBLIN

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0237

Author: Claire Walsh, 27 Coulson Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6.

Site type: Medieval; burials

ITM: E 715261m, N 733725m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.341190, -6.269142

Testing, followed by full excavation of this development site, was undertaken in 2004. The southern section of the site had been developed in the last thirteen years, while the northern section was used as a surface carpark. The site lies on the southern side of the walled town of Dublin, between the medieval foundations of St Bride's Church and that of St Michael le Pole. In addition to its status as a medieval suburb, excavations in recent years have uncovered burials of Norse date. An excavation of an adjacent site to the west in 1993 uncovered several burials of pre-Norman date.

A metalled road surface led north-west/south-east across part of the site. Animal bone embedded in the surface of the roadway yielded a 14C date of cal. AD 718-892. Three supine adult burials were uncovered to the west of the road. All were aligned east-west. They yielded dates as follows: cal. AD 721-894, 680-883, 780-964. The burials were widely spaced over the large site, but each conformed to a similar axis. Later pits cut through much of the site, and an accumulation of medieval soil over the northern part of the site is identified as Earl Hasculf's garden, which was located close to St Bride's. This area continued in use into the 17th century as open cultivated ground.