1995:186 - Balgatheran, Louth

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Louth Site name: Balgatheran

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 21:107 Licence number: 95E0070

Author: Tim Coughlan, 17 Tomar Court, Palatine Sq., Arbour Hill, Dublin 7.

Site type: Possible barrow

ITM: E 704138m, N 778934m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.749613, -6.421062

Two trenches were opened by machine on the site of a possible barrow at Balgatheran, Co. Louth. The site is recorded in the Archaeological Survey of County Louth as being a roughly circular, flat-topped mound, truncated on the north side by a field fence. Its dimensions are recorded as being 6.8m east-west and 6.3m north-south.

In March 1993, the ground level at the site was reduced by at least 1m. This was done during the building of a new bungalow, immediately to the south of the barrow, with no archaeological supervision. An inspection of the site was undertaken on 9 March 1995 and there was no evidence of the barrow. The OPW subsequently requested the excavation of a test-trench to identify the remaining archaeological deposits, if any. Two trenches were excavated on 30 March. No archaeological material was evident.