Building surveys are normally carried out as part of archaeological impact assessments, when standing buildings are found on development sites. 

Occasionally early remains are found in standing walls, as blocks of reused stone or as original features. The discovery in 2006 of a 17th century timber window frame in a garden wall in Henrietta Street, Waterford was exceptional, and called for detailed recording (3-d laser scanning, carried out by Murphy Surveys Ltd) and removal for conservation work elsewhere (by Conservation Letterfrack)

The archaeological survey of Athassel Abbey, Co. Tipperary, was commissioned by Margaret Quinlan (Conservation Architects), as part of a conservation plan for the Heritage Council. The ruins were surveyed with a 3-d scanning laser (by Murphy Surveys Ltd), but the published survey was illustrated with simplified sketch elevations and oblique sketches.

About Us

We are both on the list of archaeologists eligible for excavation licences. Every archaeological excavation in Ireland needs a licence, issued jointly by the National Monuments Service and the National Museum.

Archaeological Illustration

We illustrate our own reports, and integrate the drawings into the text rather than add them to the end. We draw finds and offer an illustration service to produce publication drawings from site records and objects.

Archaeological Fieldwork

Most of our fieldwork (excavation and survey) is carried out during archaeological impact assessments, or as a follow up, monitoring or investigating areas at risk of being disturbed.


In Ireland I have put work into the Cahir Castle (Co. Tipperary) souvenir guide, and the Barryscourt Castle (Co. Cork) and Scattery Island (Co. Clare) leaflets, all for the National Monuments Service, OPW.

Mobile: 087 8119567
Phone: 051 293399
Knockrower Road,
Co. Waterford,
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