Notable projects

Excavation of the pump house

Our latest archaeological projects

2 men working at an archaeological project

Past projects

Over the years we have undertaken several archaeological projects for a wide range of industries, groups and organisations. Please find examples of our work below. 

Victoria Square

As part of the £200m Victoria Square scheme, Gahan and Long excavated the remains of the 19th century Mays dock, 16th century house plots and a late 14th century slipway.
victoria square
aerial view of the cars and buildings

Sirocco Works

The Sirocco Works project saw the excavation of the iconic 18th century Ballymacarrett glass works. This site extended over an area of approximately 3 football pitches and included the glass kilns, ceramic kilns and associated workshops.

Antrim Castle Gardens

Gahan and Long carried out numerous excavations as part of the restoration of Antrim Castle Gardens. These included the identification of structural elements within the Kitchen Gardens, the discovery of a former underground pump house and the excavation of the Barbican Gate wall.
Antrim Castle Garden
Merchant hotel under construction

Merchant Hotel

Located within the historic core of Belfast, Gahan and Long carried out an excavation of an 18th century streetscape prior to the construction of the extension to Belfast’s Merchant Hotel. This excavation identified the remains of house plots from one of the cities original street and led the recovery of a wide variety of artefacts.

Bushmills Distillery

The construction of a new warehouse at the famous Bushmills Distillery led to the discovery of a substantial 9th century souterrain.  The souterrain consisted of a long, narrow passage, containing numerous obstacles and side passages, which opened up into a large main chamber.
Bushmills Distillery area
Ebrington Barracks

Ebrington Barracks

Gahan and Long have been the archaeological consultant for the restoration of the 19th century Star Fort at Ebrington Barracks.  As well as overseeing the restoration of the historic fort wall, excavation works have lead to the discovery of numerous former buildings, lost sections of the wall and some very large artefacts.
If you would like to know more about past and current archaeological projects, 
call 028 9020 2001
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