1977-79:0009 - Armagh City, Old Meeting House, Abeey Street, Armagh

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Armagh Site name: Armagh City, Old Meeting House, Abeey Street

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

Author: C.J Lynn, Dept. of the Environment

Site type: Early Christian/medieval occupation

ITM: E 687433m, N 845502m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.350696, -6.655084

As part of the limited programme of excavation in Armagh two small test-trenches were excavated in the back garden of the former Meeting House, now loaned to the local Welfare Authority. They were intended to provide information about the nature and extent of any early deposits so that provision could be made for future excavation should any redevelopment be planned for the area. It was clear that the construction of the Meeting House (traditionally from the ruins of the important Augustinian Abbey of Sts Peter and Paul) had affected the levels in the now steeply-sloping garden as had cultivation. Several ancient features were found including a substantial wall foundation. Only a very short length could be explored as it lay close to the high rubble wall of an up-slope garden; to judge from the material which lay over and around the foundations, they are of medieval or earlier date. Souterrain ware, medieval everted-rim cooking pottery and a glass bead were found and from the topsoil came two very interesting coins. one Hibertno Norse the other Anglo-Saxon. See Dolley, M. (1976) in Seanchas Ard Mhaca