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During excavation, interpretative theories abound among members of the excavation team on the site.These are reviewed and tested in the post-excavation phase and reviewed again as more excavations take place and new evidence comes to light. In recent years, Eachtra Archaeological Projects has excavated a range of prehistoric structures in varying states of preservation and of varying complexity. One of the most common types is the circular house or roundhouse, usually dated to the Bronze Age. This paper presents a developing understanding of the patterns evident in the archaeological remains of roundhouses, an understanding that is changing as our ability to analyse detail and measurements quickly is being transformed by the fact that we have started to record our excavations directly into a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) package. This package combines a map of the site with a database of the archaeology found, allowing the various aspects of an archaeological site (context of recovery, soil samples and artefacts) to be viewed as a whole.This technology, along with an increased ability to produce 3D models of excavated structures, has breathed new life into the way we approach and interpret the buildings of the past.