Worked Timbers and Wooden Vessel

In the townland of Gortcurreen, at the site of Gortcurreen 1, a group of worked timbers and the remains of a stave-built wooden vessel were discovered. All of the timbers were in secondary positions not fixed to a structure at the site and appear to have been dumped here in the past, and subsequently preserved in the peat.

The most significant of the timbers were three large structural beams containing numerous mortices along their lengths. These timbers are possible wall plates or floor support beams from a large structure. The remains of the wooden vessel comprised 25 staves, part of a wooden binding hoop and parts of the wooden base.

The date of the timbers and stave-built wooden vessel were not clear during the excavation and it is hoped that upcoming scientific analysis, including dendrochronological and radiocarbon dating, will help us to further understand where the timbers came from and why they might have been dumped at this location.


The Archaeology of the Listowel Bypass

Download a poster showcasing some of the archaeological finds from excavations along the N69 Bypass. Alternatively, you can read through a StoryMap of the dig.

Video Documentaries

As part of cataloguing the archaeological works on the N69 Listowel Bypass Project, a set of mini-documentaries were created. Each of these lasts just over 10 minutes.

Fulachtaí Fia at Listowel

Five burnt mounds, also referred to as fulachtaí fia, were discovered along the route of the bypass. Burnt mounds are the most common prehistoric site type in Ireland.

Making Medieval Charcoal

At Coolnaleen Lower we found several charcoal-production kilns. Charcoal was an important fuel for metalworking in the past.
Dr. Karen Molloy and her team from NUIGAMS

Palaeo-environmental Coring

As part of the archaeological investigations for the N69, palaeoenvironmental specialists Carlos Chique and Karen Molloy from NUIG took a pollen core from Derra West Bog.

From the Bog

In the townland of Gortcurreen, a group of worked timbers and the remains of a stave-built wooden vessel were discovered within the peat.

An Old House at Curraghatoosane

At Curraghatoosane we found the remains of a traditional thatched house that was occupied from the early nineteenth century until the 1950s.