Survey begins at St
NEW technology based
monitoring began last Thursday in Fahan old graveyard to
establish whether or not the 1,400 year-old St Mura's
Cross is tilting at an unsafe angle.
Thanks to a grant of €2,360 under the new Community
Monuments Fund the important work to preserve the
ancient cross can now be carried out by John Cronin
Archaeologists for Fahan Heritage Group.
The survey team commence their work at St
Mura's Cross in Fahan, Inishowen.
Archaeologist Kate Robb
explained that this technology has not been used before
to plot whether or not the cross is tilting.
Her colleague Andras Hindlie placed three markers in the
graveyard which are located using GPS and he will use
rectify photography and auto cad overlays, measuring the
angle of the cross three times a year over the next five
“We will get detailed pictures from the exact three
points each time and take a digital profile of the
ground which will show if the cross is still tilting.
“There are so many layers of burials around the cross
there will be cavities in the ground. The work we have
begun today will inform us if intervention is necessary
to stabilise the cross,” Ms Robb said.