By: Archaeological Development Services  05/12/2011
Keywords: Archaeologists, Archaeological Excavations, Archaeological Survey

  rchaeological Development Services Ltd (ADS) have been consultant archaeologists to Bord na Mona, since 1998. During this time ADS have carried out some two hundred archaeological investigations, including excavations and field surveys, on behalf of BnM in their industrial peatlands.

These excavations have covered a variety of site types from trackways, platforms and deposits of worked wood to the recovery of artefacts and the recent excavation of an extensive and thus far unique, peatland habitiation site in Ballykean Bog, Co Offaly.

While this work was initially limited to the identification of the site types, their composition and local environment, ADS, in co-operation with their academic partners and Bord na Mona, has progressed and developed the archaeological approach to peatland work, to incorporate broader research based landscape questions while still fulfilling Bord na Mona's statuary obligations in respect of the archaeological resource.

• Peatland consultants
• Surveys
• Field assessments
• Excavations

Bord na Móna is legally required by the National Monuments Division (DOEHLG) to carry out archaeological excavations in all of their production areas. The aim is to protect the archaeological heritage under the National Monuments Act 1930-2004. The work is carried out under the agreed principles for the protection of wetlands archaeology in Bord na Móna bogs, agreed in 1998 between the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Bord na Móna and the Department of Public Enterprise. An integrated excavation and post excavation approach has been undertaken which includes the

analysis of the wetland sites, the dryland sites recorded by the Archaeological Survey of Ireland, the stray finds records of the National Museum of Ireland, available historical records and palaeoenvironmental work putting the major emphasis of the investigations on the human interaction with the landscape as a whole.

The services we provide allow the cultural heritage of the peatlands to be assessed, analysed and excavated, if need be, while minimising disruption to peat production.
Our team comprises highly skilled experienced peatland archaeologists who continue to meet the cultural heritage requirements of both large and small scale producers


Keywords: Archaeological Excavations, Archaeological Survey, Archaeologists

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ADS is proud to have a state-of-the-art purpose-built facility located in Kells, where our team of highly skilled staff are equipped to take the process from start to finish. ADS has worked closely with Royal Holloway, University of London, and Reading University’s Paleoecology Department to facilitate a wide range of paleoenvironmental research.