1993:179 - Killallon Churchyard, Boherard, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Killallon Churchyard, Boherard

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 22:12 Licence number: 93E0027

Author: Rosanne Meenan, Roestown, Drumree, Co. Meath.

Site type: Graveyard

ITM: E 662038m, N 770419m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.679813, -7.060962

This graveyard lies east of Newtown Motte. It is surrounded on the north and west sides by a low bank and by a field fence on the south side. The FÁS CYTS scheme under the direction of the Killallon Graveyard Committee planned to demolish the field fence to allow access to a large extension to the south.

The bank was tested in three places. A low, crudely-built stone wall was exposed in three cuttings, lying underneath the highest part of the bank. Where best preserved, it stood 0.5m high and 0.45m wide. The stones were small, unmortared, unworked small boulders.

The wall was also found underlying the field fence and during later testing running southwards away from the graveyard. The feature could not be dated but it was left in situ as it was possible to carry out the proposed work without disturbing it.

The interior of the extension area was also tested but nothing of archaeological significance was found.