The National Survey

The project aims to identify and visit sites of coastal salt production across the entire island of Ireland. This is the first thematic survey of salt working to be undertaken by Irish archaeologists. This will assess the extent to which these sites survive, and attempt to establish a field signature for salt working. It will also attempt to identify any associated shoreline features or infrastructure. We will be concentrating primarily on post-medieval sites in the first instance, but will be visiting sites that have the potential to inform us about earlier periods with the aim of developing ongoing strands of research in this field. The national survey will be carried out in Spring 2014/15 after the initial desktop phase, which will explore maps, documentary sources, aerial photography and existing surveys and reports to identify potential sites.



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