Seán Duffy, editor
This eleventh volume of proceedings of the annual Friends of Medieval Dublin Symposium has two important reviews of our state of knowledge on the archaeology of medieval Dublin: Linzi Simpson updates her groundbreaking Forty years adigging study of archaeological digs in Dublin City (published in vol. I of the series) to take in the ten Celtic Tiger years; while Lorcan Harney, Jonathan Kinsella and Aidan OSullivan of the Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) present the findings of their research on the results of excavations in Co. Dublin from 1930 to 2005. The volume also contains reports on archaeological excavations: Teresa Bolger discusses excavations at Ormond Quay Upper, that provide evidence about the original topography of the Pill at the confluence of the rivers Liffey and Bradogue; Rosanne Meenan reports on her excavations at 2327 Stephen Street Lower, in the vicinity of the medieval St Peters church; Edmund ODonovans excavation at St Nahis church in Dundrum revealed a series of fortified enclosures around the early monastic foundation; while Colm Moriartys dig at Portmarnock found evidence of occupation from an early medieval enclosure to the remains of its late medieval vill.
Seán Duffy, FTCD, is chairman of the Friends of Medieval Dublin and associate professor of medieval history, TCD.