Below is a small selection of the artefacts found during the Brú na Bóinne Fieldwalking Project. In places where there has been prehistoric activity, the stone tools used by our ancestors often survive in the soil. Each year when a field is ploughed, some of these artefacts are turned to the surface and can be collected by archaeologists using appropriate survey techniques and permissions (from the National Museum of Ireland and landowners). Scatters of such material often indicate where intense activity, residential, agricultural, industrial, took place in the past.
The location of the Rossnaree Enclosure was initially identified as a scatter of flint and stone tools on the surface of a ploughed field. Follow-up survey using various types of geophysical equipment allowed us to look below the level of the ploughsoil and explore the extent, layout and some of the internal detail of this unusual site.
This was taken one evening after a long day’s surveying in the field at Rossnaree. The sky is ominously dark, warning of an imminent downpour.
Hopefully there will be few of these during the dig … but this IS Ireland!