NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wicklow Site name: DELGANY/KILLINCARRICK

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

Author: Margaret Gowen

Site type: Habitation sites

Period/Dating: Bronze Age (2200 BC-801 BC)

ITM: E 727923m, N 710531m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.129951, -6.088414

This site was assessed for Wicklow Co. Council, as part of an E.I.S. for the proposed Greystones Sewage Treatment Works. The site consists of three fields lying to the north of the Three Trouts Stream. Two small enclosure sites lay to the south of the stream (SMR 9 and 10; they have since been removed during the development of a golf course). Several finds, of Early Christian and Bronze Age date, have been submitted to the National Museum of Ireland by reformed metal-detecting enthusiasts.

The work was carried out in December 1991 when a comprehensive grid of slit trenches was opened using a JCB and the subsoil was examined for archaeological features.

Evidence for habitation dating to the Bronze Age was revealed in two fields. In one, it was simply represented by two small spreads of fulacht fiadh- type pot boilers and one struck flint flake. In the field in which the artifacts had been retrieved a large fulacht fiadh survives (it was not excavated) and some 20m-30m from it were enigmatic remains of gullies, stake holes and archaeological soils which yielded a cache of struck flint flakes (debitage), and a number of sherds of very coarse Bronze Age pottery.

The site will be fully excavated in advance of development which will not commence until 1993 and archaeological monitoring of earth-moving will apply during development.

5 St Catherine 's Road, Glenageary, Co. Dublin