Fintan WalshDec 13, 2022
The Road to Kells
Prehistoric Archaeology of the M3, Navan to Kells and N52, Kells Bypass Road Project
Wordwell Books 2022
In this latest publication in the TII Heritage series, the long prehistory of Kells and its hinterland is shown to be written on the landscape in foundation trenches and boundary ditches, pits, post-holes, hearths, and myriad other marks of human life, which were discovered along the route of the M3 Clonee to Kells motorway project and recorded by an archaeological team from Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd. The story begins with Mesolithic hunter-gatherers and continues, chapter by chapter, over a span of c. 5,000 years, recording the homes, burial grounds, work and worship of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age communities and bringing us at last to the threshold of history, in the Iron Age/early medieval transition period. Kells was not yet the seat of a famous monastery at that time but had already become a central place in the region, with a tribal capital at Commons of Lloyd, on the hill that overlooks the town today. The Road to Kells: Prehistoric Archaeology of the M3 Navan to Kells and N52 Kells Bypass Road Project, is available now through Wordwell Books and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
Fintan Walsh has been a professional field archaeologist for over 20 years. He studied Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen’s University Belfast, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997. He has published numerous papers and reports on his fieldwork in Ireland and is especially interested in Early Neolithic and early medieval archaeology. Fintan currently works as a full-time archaeological project manager and lives in Limerick City.
Dr. Danica Ramsey-Brimberg is a multidisciplinary researcher of the early medieval period, who is the Coordinator for Digital Engagement of the International Society of Medieval Art and an Adjunct Professor at Roger Williams University.