1994:230 - Kilnacarrig, Wicklow

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wicklow Site name: Kilnacarrig

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 93E0001

Author: Alan Hayden, Archaeological Projects Ltd., 15 St Brigid's Rd. Upr., Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Site type: Fulacht fiadh

ITM: E 727923m, N 710531m

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

The site consisted of a number of large fields where a new sewerage works was to be constructed. Initial assessment was carried out in 1991 (Gowen, Excavations 1991, 47-8). Excavation of a fulacht fiadh with a trough dated to 3610+/- 50BP (uncalibrated), two spreads of burnt mound material and two areas of Bronze Age cultivation furrows was undertaken in 1993 by the writer (Excavations 1993, 80).

In 1994 during monitoring of topsoil stripping a further and much larger burnt mound was uncovered and excavated over a four-day period from January 21-25, 1994.

The burnt mound survived to a maximum diameter of 35m and to a thickness of over 0.5m

One round and five rectangular wood-lined troughs, a large hearth, a large number of stakeholes not conforming to any recognisable plan and eighteen pits of various sizes and shapes occurred beneath the mound. Samples from the troughs and pits yielded uncalibrated C14 dates ranging from 3100+/-40 to 3640+/-45BP.

The only finds uncovered consisted of three waste fragments of flint.

A small area of burnt mound material was also noted in an adjoining field but no further features occurred there.