The Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork working with Newry Mourne and Down District Council through the Ring of Gullion Partnership and Creggan Historical Society were successful in their application to the Royal Irish Academy for remote sensing (ie: geophysical survey) of Killyloughran Church Site, a possible “lost” church site.
The site is reputed to have a history older than the Creggan Church and graveyard site, however and this 15th century reference does not verify the earliest establishment of this original settlement which may also have earlier foundations.
This study will include a drone survey and geophysical survey. The GIS desktop assessment will incorporate available aerial photography, historical maps, other historical sources and terrain data to identify the possible route. It will be used to target locations for drone survey. The primary type of geophysical survey data to be applied will be magnetic survey. This is the technique which was used before in the area for the excavation at the southern gates of the Dorsey. A report of the geophysical survey findings will be created and shared with the community.
This project’s overall goal is focus on developing and increasing understanding of the shared historic value of the Creggan Parish Area. If you would like more information on this project, please contact the Ring of Gullion Team by emailing [email protected]