Archaeologists search for traces of the Siege

Wed, 25/01/2017 - 12:43pm

Archaeologists from the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, Queen’s University, Belfast, recently spent a week at Lumen Christi College, Londonderry, performing a geophysical survey on behalf of the Siege Museum.

The site was associated with intense activity in 1688-89 during the Siege and the nearby derelict windmill was the focus of fighting between the Jacobite forces and the city’s defenders.

The archaeologists used modern technology to scan beneath the surface of the school lawn looking for evidence that might suggest Siege period activity, for example where there may have been earth buttresses or defensive ditches. The readings from the survey are currently being analysed and we’ll post more details soon if anything exciting has been discovered.

The Siege Museum would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting this unique project and Lumen Christi College for generously permitting the work to take place on their school grounds.