- Townparks, Navan town, Co. Meath, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Townparks, Navan town, Co. Meath

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number:

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Site type: Graves of indeterminate date

ITM: E 685938m, N 767477m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.650004, -6.700091

In September 1962 human remains were discovered during the digging of foundations for a new building in the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospital at Townparks, Navan.219 The site was reported to the Gardaí at Navan, who informed the NMI. Étienne Rynne carried out a site visit. On investigation, the skeleton had been removed from its context and placed in a box. The head was apparently to the south and the feet to the north. With the skeleton were found several badly corroded iron nails and pieces of rotten wood, suggesting that the body had been buried in a coffin. A pair of high-heeled leather shoes and a brass and iron fastener were also found. The burial would appear to be nineteenth-century in date. It was not in consecrated ground, the nearest graveyard being about 100m to the north-west. The remains were reburied in the hospital burial plot.

219. Parish of Navan, barony of Lower Navan. OS 6in. sheet 25. The hospital graveyard where the body was reburied is located at IGR 286006 267458.