1990:116 - Portnashangan 1, Portnashangan, Westmeath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Westmeath Site name: Portnashangan 1, Portnashangan

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 12:88 Licence number:

Author: Valerie J. Keeley, 29/30 Duke Street, Athy, Co. Kildare.

Site type: Ringfort

ITM: E 641342m, N 760321m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.591122, -7.375538

Prior to excavation the site was represented by a well defined circular bank 45m in external diameter. The construction of the proposed Longford Road Improvement Scheme is scheduled to destroy the southern portion of the monument.

Excavation revealed a well constructed monument, represented by a bank with outer ditch. The bank measured 0.9m in height and was constructed from compacted boulder clay. Directly under this material a band of compacted grey soil measuring 0.l5m-0.2m in thickness appeared. This appears to be evidence of the old ground surface. The ditch measured l.2m in depth and 2.4m in width. The fill consisted of a loose brown clay which was devoid of habitation material. In one section a modern drain cut into the existing ditch. The interior of the monument produced no archaeologically significant material. Ceramics recovered from the area included a few sherds of medieval glazed ware but mostly fragments of modern delft. A struck chert flake was also found.