2006:1502 - Balrath crossroads, Balrath, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Balrath crossroads, Balrath

Sites and Monuments Record No.: - Licence number: C154, E2461

Author: Judith Carroll, Judith Carroll & Co. Ltd, 11 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 700596m, N 764943m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.624624, -6.479270

Ministerial consent was granted to Meath County Council, prior to road widening at Balrath crossroads, for the relocation of Balrath cross, a wayside cross of late medieval date. The development of a slip road from Balrath crossroads on to the N2 (Ashbourne to Navan) required road widening of c. 2m. A stone wall was dismantled in order to be rebuilt 2m further back. The proposed route of the slip road was located on a greenfield area that had been bounded by the stone wall. Balrath cross had been incorporated into the stone wall in the 19th century.

Although the site was located close to monuments ME032–009–11, topsoil-stripping in the area on 24 October yielded no results of archaeological significance.