2004:0579 - POOLBEG YACHT AND BOAT CLUB, PIGEON HOUSE ROAD, DUBLIN, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: POOLBEG YACHT AND BOAT CLUB, PIGEON HOUSE ROAD, DUBLIN

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0740

Author: Jacinta Kiely, Eachtra Archaeological Projects, Ballycurreen Industrial Estate, Kinsale Road, Cork.

Site type: Marine

ITM: E 718777m, N 732937m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.333327, -6.216663

Monitoring was carried out of dredging work at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, in association with the development of a marina on the River Liffey in Dublin Port. The monitoring of back-hoe dredging was achieved through constant visual inspection of the excavator bucket as it came out of the water and deposited each load in the barge alongside. In addition, the barge, the dredger and the excavator’s cab contains a computer screen showing the image of the surrounding sea-bottom with depths indicated, as well as the position and depth of the excavator bucket at any time, and this was accessible to the archaeologist. This computer also shows the depths to which the surrounding substrate has been dredged.

The dredged material consisted of two layers. The upper layer consisted of a soft brown silt with much modern debris. This debris included several modern mooring blocks, engines and tyres. Three modern vessels were recorded within this layer. The underlying stratum was a sterile grey silt. No archaeological stratigraphy or finds were uncovered during monitoring.