The highlight of this eleventh volume of proceedings of the annual Friends of Medieval Dublin Symposium is undoubtedly Linzi Simpson’s monumental update of her groundbreaking ‘Forty years a-digging’ study of archaeological digs in Dublin City (published in volume one of this series) to take in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years. To this are added the results of the Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) on excavations in Co. Dublin from 1930 to 2005 – including a valuable appendix listing every major archaeological dig in the county. The volume also contains reports on individual excavations: Teresa Bolger discusses important evidence about the original topography of the ‘Pill’ at the confluence of the Liffey and Bradogue at Ormond Quay Upper; Maeve Sikora, Barra Ó Donnbháin and Niamh Daly have news of a recently discovered Viking warrior grave at the Islandbridge Memorial Park; while Colm Moriarty presents the results of his excavation of the late medieval vill of Portmarnock.
Historical highlights include Clare Downham’s re-evaluation of the origins of the earliest Viking in habitants of Dublin, Áine Foley’s important examination of the native Irish tenants on the royal manors in the Vale of Dublin, and a prosopographical study of Charles Smith of the Sargents, one of the most influential families in Anglo-Norman Dublin. Randolph Jones examines Dublin during Silken Thomas’ rebellion, and Michael O’Neill looks at Christ Church Cathedral and its environs. Patrick James Herbage considers Richard Stanihurst’s Irish Chronicle and the crown censors (1577), while Dermot McGuinne outlines the early history of printing in Dublin.
Linzi Simpson-Fifty years a-digging: a synthesis of medieval and archaeological investigations in Dublin City and Suburbs
Lorcan Harney, Jonathan Kinsella and Aidan O’Sullivan-County Dublin: some observations on the historiography of early medieval excavation and research, 1930-2005
Teresa Bolger–Defining the ‘Pill’: the contribution of excavations at Ormond Quay Upper to the interpretation of the original topography of the Liffey foreshore
Maeve Sikora, Barra Ó Donnbháin and Niamh Daly-Preliminary report on a Viking warrior grave at War Memorial Park, Islandbridge
Clare Downham–Viking identities in Ireland: it’s not all black and white
Áine Foley–Chieftains, betaghs and burghers: the Irish on the royal manors of medieval Dublin
Charles Smith–Patricians in medieval Dublin: the career of the Sargent family
Colm Moriarty–The medieval vill of Portmarnock
Randolph Jones-‘Hys worthy seruice done in that vpror’: Sir John Whyte and the defence of Dublin during Silken Thomas’ rebellion, 1534
Michael O’Neill-Christ Church Cathedral and its environs: medieval and beyond
Patrick James Herbage-Richard Stanihurst’s Irish Chronicle and the crown censors, 1577
Dermot McGuinne–Printing in Dublin: the first sixty years