We recently visited the Hellfire Club in Dublin to savour the views of the city on a clear Sunday autumn day. We were very excited to hear about the current archaeological dig taking place at the site. We’ve written about the Hellfire Club here on liveireland; its history & popularity for day time excursions. What strikes you about Montpelier hill is that the site must have been of significant importance due to its relative height over the surrounding lowlands. Today from the hill you can see Dublin city from the mountains to the sea.
Built upon the site of whats believed to be a 5,000 year old passage tomb, the team at Abarta Heritage are hoping that this dig will allow them to see how much of the tomb survived, and hopefully discover some carbon to allow them to date the tomb precisely with radiocarbon dating.
While much is known of the hunting lodge built in 1725, little is known about the ancient passage tomb, predating the lodges construction by thousands of years. The tomb was for the most part destroyed in the construction of the hunting lodge at Montpelier hill. The outline of the original tomb can be seen in aerial view to the rear of the building.
The team started their dig on the 4th of October and it is painstakingly being carried out by hand. You can read all about their current findings as they remove soil layers in their weekly diary here http://www.abartaheritage.ie and also subscribe to weekly updates from the site.
If you’re in town, you can visit the dig from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday while they are on site. Visitors are most welcome.