Archaeologists from ACS at Drumbeg Co Down

 

 

Archaeologists-at-Drumbeg-Co.Down

Archaeologists from ACS (Ireland) have recently completed investigations at Drumbeg Co. Down in advance of a new community development. The investigations were the latest phase in a series of assessments carried out at the site since 2007. The site of the proposed development is located in close proximity to the site of a medieval church. The site of the church is now occupied by a protected structure, the Church of St Patricks built in 1870 which itself replaced an earlier church built in 1798. The medieval church of Drum is listed in the 1306 taxation and on the 2nd edition Ordnance Survey map the modern church is shown to be located within an oval enclosure; this oval enclosure may represent the location of an early ecclesiastical site.

The site of the proposed development is also located in close proximity to the site of the old Ulster Dye Works and Corn Mill. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions of the Ordnance Survey maps show the Ulster Dye Works and Corn Mill and clearly show that the site of the proposed development’s southern field boundary marks the route of an associated old mill race.