1991:041 - DUBLIN: 31-33 Lr Stephen St./1-3 Digges Lane, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: DUBLIN: 31-33 Lr Stephen St./1-3 Digges Lane

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 91E0066

Author: Rosanne Meenan

Site type: Hospital

Period/Dating: Medieval (AD 400-AD 1600)

ITM: E 715602m, N 733699m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.340882, -6.264020

This site is located within the possible enclosure of St Peter's Church and on, or very close to, the location of the medieval hospital of St Stephen.

Six test pits were machine dug in the east and south sectors of the site; in four of them an overburden of c. 0.8m was exposed over very soft brown boulder clay. In the fifth and easternmost pit the foundations of the newly built neighbouring building was cut into while the sixth, along the west, cut through rubble and clay containing charcoal and human bones.

Two boreholes to the north were also supervised. These revealed a layer of rubble, up to 4m deep in one of them. Human bones were found in this rubble.

During subsequent earth-moving, burials were exposed in the north-eastern corner. These were excavated by Alan Hayden (see Excavations 1991, No. 42).

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