1990:106 - St Patrick's Rock, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: St Patrick's Rock

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

Author: Maurice F Hurley, Lower House, Mallowgaton, Bandon, Co. Cork.

Site type: Adjacent to Rock of Cashel

ITM: E 607449m, N 640747m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.518044, -7.890249

A trial excavation was undertaken on the site of the proposed development of a historical theme park adjacent to the Rock of Cashel. The work was intended to provide a baseline study of any potential archaeological assets in the area, and was funded by the developer. A series of test pits were excavated to ascertain the existence of archaeological remains.

Test pits were mechanically excavated under archaeological supervision, and where necessary, more detailed archaeological excavation was undertaken.

No topographical features that could be positively identified as archaeological features were apparent. Some sherds of medieval pottery were recovered from a generally re-deposited fill in the centre of the site, but these were mixed with much more modem material.

A length of the town wall was exposed at the site of the proposed entrance to the park. The wall remains below the present ground level. A test pit revealed that the wall stood’ to a height of c. 1m and was l.42m wide.