1993:008 - Ballyrea, Armagh

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Armagh Site name: Ballyrea

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 12:15 Licence number:

Author: Norman Crothers, 13 Christine Gardens, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.

Site type: Ditch

ITM: E 684533m, N 844803m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.344898, -6.699869

During monitoring of work at the Navan Visitor Centre a large feature was observed in a narrow trench cut for an earthing wire beside the footpath leading to Navan Fort. A small excavation showed that the feature was probably a ‘ditch’, 2.25m wide and 0.7m deep. Neither artefacts nor suitable dating material were recovered. A drainage channel, in part sealed by a layer containing 19th-century sherds, was cut through the ditch fill. Finally, the deposits were covered by a 19th-century trackway of clay and stones. A larger excavation would be necessary to have any hope of revealing the purpose and date of the shallow ditch.