Joe Nunan (Blackwater Archaeology)
This paper aims to identify the developments that have taken place over the past 60 years in the understanding of a specific
late medieval building type unique to Ireland, referred to as the ‘fortified house’. A number
of these structures have been subject to archaeological and building surveys including those located in the following regions:
Munster, the Midlands, Ulster, Dublin county and Connacht. Most of the research regarding such structures
has emanated from a handful of academics, geographers and archaeologists. The archaeological and building surveys undertaken
to date provide a good introduction to this architectural form.
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