Uncovering Medieval Trim by Michael Potterton & Matthew Seaver, editors

By: Four Courts Press  05/12/2011

Michael Potterton & Matthew Seaver, editors

Trim is one of Ireland’s best-known medieval towns, and yet for a very long time many aspects of its early history and development were poorly understood. A series of important archaeological excavations have taken place in recent years and this publication brings together the results of these investigations for the first time. The book opens with a foreword by John Bradley, one of Ireland’s foremost experts on medieval towns, followed by an introductory overview by Michael Potterton, author of Medieval Trim: history and archaeology. A fascinating glimpse into prehistory is provided by Fiona Beglane’s study of an enigmatic Iron-Age pit full of pigs’ feet. Of special significance is new evidence that proves beyond reasonable doubt that Trim’s first church was located where the Church of Ireland cathedral now stands. New light is shed upon death and burial in and around the town, as well as the layout and development of the religious houses. The location and form of the town’s medieval defences, as well as its streets, houses and suburbs are also illuminated. New evidence is discussed for small-scale craft and industry as well as diet, health and daily life. An overview is provided of the range and origins of the various types of medieval pottery found in the town. The book ends with a summary of the recently commissioned management and conservation plans for Trim’s town walls.

Michael Potterton is a Senior Research Archaeologist at the Discovery Programme. He is the author of Medieval Trim: history and archaeology (2005).

Matthew Seaver is a Senior Archaeologist with CRDS Ltd and has excavated extensively in Co. Meath.

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