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Before Bagenal’s Castle: Evidence of the Medieval Cistercian Abbey at Newry, County Down

Dawkes, G; (2009) Before Bagenal’s Castle: Evidence of the Medieval Cistercian Abbey at Newry, County Down. Ulster Journal of Archaeology , 68 pp. 124-140. Green open access

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Abstract

An excavation was undertaken in 2005 by Giles Dawkes of ADS Ltd under licence AE 05/052, on behalf of Newry and Mourne District Council, as part of the restoration and redevelopment of Bagenal’s Castle, a 16th-century fortified house, and the McCann’s Bakery building for use as the new Newry Museum. The excavation was located immediately north of the house within the adjacent bakery, and revealed the masonry wall foundations of at least one medieval building of the Cistercian abbey precinct. Above these foundations were 33 inhumations and an amount of disarticulated human bone including nine skulls interred in charnel pits. At least three, possibly four, of the individuals had suffered a violent death. The cemetery dates to between AD 1460 and 1660, a period covering both the twilight years of the Cistercian abbey and the initial use of the fortified house. It is suggested that the cemetery dates to the former period.

Type: Article
Title: Before Bagenal’s Castle: Evidence of the Medieval Cistercian Abbey at Newry, County Down
Location: Northern Ireland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41406685
Language: English
Additional information: Despoited with permission of the publisher, the Ulster Archaeological Society.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology ASE
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472148
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