The Landscapes of Revolution Project is a non profit research initiative led by Damian Shiels. Previous work on the project has been carried out in partnership with Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd and the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. Initially, it aims to identify, interpret and map archaeological sites associated with the War of Independence between c. 1919-21. The pilot study is focused on the area of operations of 4th Battalion, Cork No. 1 Brigade up to the July 1921 Truce. This area roughly corresponds to East Co. Cork. A key part of the study will involve local community engagement, with opportunities for local volunteers to both assist and contribute towards the project.
The project was devised in response to an urgent need to identify, analyse, interpret and map the sites and landscapes relating to Ireland’s Revolutionary decade. Surprising as it may seem, as post-medieval sites, locations relating to the War of Independence in Ireland generally enjoy no archaeological protection, are poorly understood as heritage landscapes, and are often significantly rarer and more vulnerable than much of the medieval and prehistoric archaeology that surrounds us. This project is in part driven by a need to highlight the importance of understanding and managing these landscapes. This blog has been set up to update the public on opportunities to contribute and on ongoing discoveries and results.