Motorway artefacts on display

Clare People, Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Tom Mc Cullough

Clare Museum is planning an exhibition of artefacts unearthed by archaeologists along the route of the recently opened M18 Gort – Crusheen road scheme.

The excavations at 22 sites were carried out in accordance with the Directions issued to Galway County Council by the Minister for Environment, John Gormley, and were undertaken by archaeologists from Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd on behalf of Galway County Council and the National Roads Authority (NRA) in 2007 and 2008 prior to construction of the new roadway.

Following an inspection of the artefacts by staff at the National Museum of Ireland, a final list of objects suitable for exhibition was made and these objects have been delivered to the museum. Included in the exhibition are pottery, stone tools, and axes dating from the Neolithic period and glass and amber beads, and a rare bone gaming piece, which date from the Iron Age period.

The museum plans to create an exhibition of these artefacts in the New Year in a specially-designed exhibition space on the top floor of the building.

Public lectures on the types of archaeological sites recorded during these excavations are also planned for the New Year.

The results of the archaeological excavations are to be published in the NRA Monograph, Borderland: archaeological investigations along the route of the M18 Gort to Crusheen road scheme later in 2011.

It is also intended that copies of the excavation final reports will be available on the Clare library website in due course.

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