1994:209 - Boytonrath, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: Boytonrath

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 94E0145

Author: Jo Moran, Sonas, Rathduff, Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

Site type: Medieval rural

ITM: E 604860m, N 629593m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.417816, -7.928562

The area to be developed lies to the north of Boytonrath Castle and enclosure and west of the church and graveyard. The castle is built within the large bivallate enclosure. The church is probably contemporary with the castle. Several trenches were machine excavated into undisturbed subsoil and no definite evidence of medieval settlement was found.

The bases of a number of ditches, a pit and a posthole were found cut into subsoil at the bottom of a deep plough soil (0.4m), but the ground level associated with these features did not survive. One ditch produced a clay pipe stem and a sherd of post-medieval pottery and another the base of an 18th-century wine bottle. No other finds were recovered. Evidence for medieval settlement contemporary with the enclosure and the castle may have been removed by ploughing.