County Wexford

Student Archaeology Summer Project

I never thought that at the age of 50 I would be on summer holidays from college, but you know that’s just one of the many unexpected twists and surprises on the journey of life. Archaeology is a bit like that: a  journey of discovery with a sense of stuff (as George Carlin terms “material culture”) waiting to be discovered. My name is Dolores Kearney, and I have one more year in my joint degree of archaeology and history. This summer I decided to submit an abstract for the Archaeology department magazine.

This abstract was accepted, and research needed to start. The subject content is in the category of historical archaeology, and the title is “The Search for Abel Ram’s Gorey Palatines”. My research process is almost completed, and today I went viewing and comparing farmsteads between the north and south of Co Wexford Ireland. This was done in order to assist me in finding the fixed point in the Wexford landscape for the original 16th century Palatine settlement.

I have before me this evening a visual record of some very stylish neat and niche Wexford rural architecture of the 18th century, and the next step is to mark similarities between the houses of the north and the south. My final step on the research ladder is the setting up of interviews with some descendants of the original Palatine settlers of Gorey, Co Wexford.Then the writing starts….