Seeing beneath the ground using geophysics at the former ecclesiastical site of Clonard, Co. Meath
Gibson, P.J. (2009) Seeing beneath the ground using geophysics at the former ecclesiastical site of Clonard, Co. Meath. Riocht na Midhe, 20 . pp. 69-79.
The geophysical investigation undertaken in this project has uncovered many features, which may be related to the ecclesiastical settlement at Clonard. A 300m long palaeochannel dominates the magnetic data and four areas of concentrated magnetic anomalies, up to 50m in extent, probably indicate the presence of extended anthropogenic activity. A sub-square 60m across enclosure is also evident. In addition, there are four distinct zones which have large concentrations of high resistance values suggesting that buildings were located in these areas. Resistivity and ground penetrating radar depth slices show that one of these zones has characteristics which indicate the presence of an east-west aligned building approximately 7m wide in a north-south direction and about 15m long in an east-west direction. This structure may represent a small church.
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