Navan Fort, Ireland: Archaeological and Palaeoecological analysis

Navan Fort in Ireland is an archaeological site of national and international importance.
During 1998 a portion of the ditch surrounding Navan Fort in Ireland was excavated by archaeologists from Queen’s University Belfast. In 2001 the author was tasked with analysing the ditch wood and artefacts recovered during this excavation. By extension, this also of necessity included analysis of the previous excavations at this site, and in particular the 40-metre structure there. This analysis extended to consideration of possible Roman influences, and, of arguably far more importance, the implications for our Irish heritage.
Much of the research published here was conducted towards a dissertation for an MA in Archaeology (2001) at Queen’s University Belfast. A decision was taken to publish it now due to some important observations concerning possible Roman influences at this archaeological site. Also due to publication by this author of Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021), which reveals further evidence of Roman or Byzantine artefacts recovered in Ireland. There is also some evidence that the topography of Navan Fort as described in the ‘Ulster Cycle’ bears an uncanny resemblance to Rome during the Republic.

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Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

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