AMS was appointed by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board to act as Project Archaeologist for the enabling works contract. As the Project Archaeologists, we were responsible for overseeing the archaeological aspects of the preliminary site works. This includes test excavations for 44 test trenches.
We prepared licence applications and excavation methodologies for test excavations, full archaeological excavations and archaeological monitoring. This licence was subsequently transferred to the archaeological contractor hired by the Works Contractor.
To successfully complete the archaeological investigations, it was essential to review the urban environment, the site’s anticipated archaeological significance and multiple work fronts involving bulk earthworks, clearance and excavation, on a live construction site within a live hospital campus environment.
To achieve this, we worked closely with all relevant stakeholders including the Contracting Authority, Employer’s Representative and Works Contractor in developing mitigation strategies for all archaeological investigations and monitoring, and liaised closely with the relevant statutory authorities including the National Monuments Service and Dublin City Council to obtain their support for the approaches taken.
We also carried out additional research into the history of the site to assist with the planning and interpretation of the archaeological testing, and to determine if any subsequent testing or excavations would be required.