1990:085 - Stradbally North, Limerick

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Limerick Site name: Stradbally North

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

Author: Brian Hodkinson, Upper Gouig, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick.

Site type: Burial ground

ITM: E 566058m, N 662443m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.712032, -8.502321

Trial trenching on a burial ground at Chapel Hill, Castle Connell located a single east-west orientated burial in a shallow grave with a possible second grave adjacent to it. Local tradition states that this field was used as a famine plot and, in the total absence of other dating evidence, this must suffice to date the burials. In a separate trench a thin deposit of charcoal and iron slag was discovered under a thick layer of what was, at first, believed to be boulder clay. There was no dating evidence found with the slag but it is believed to pre-date the burials and is potentially of some antiquity. A sample was taken of the slag and this together with the site documentation is now in Limerick Museum. A note on the site has been accepted for publication in a future volume of the North Munster Archaeological Journal. The work was funded by the prospective developer of the site.