1996:173 - Dominican Church Road, Athy, Kildare

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kildare Site name: Dominican Church Road, Athy

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 95E169 ext.

Author: Martin Byrne, 39 Kerdiff Park, Monreaed Naas, Co. Kildare.

Site type: Medieval urban

ITM: E 667948m, N 693789m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.990521, -6.987943

Trial-trenching was carried out on 29 June 1996 in compliance with a request from the local authority and the National Monuments Service. The proposed development consists of the conversion of an existing coach-house to apartment use, with two single-storey extensions to the rear. It was in this rear area that the present evaluation was undertaken.

Two trenches, with a combined length of 38.5m, were excavated by machine and revealed relatively undisturbed uniform soil layers. No features or finds of archaeological interest were uncovered. Previous testing in the southern area of the site (Excavations 1995, 42) produced similar results.

The archaeologically sterile nature of the stratigraphy in this general area indicates that it is likely that any subsurface archaeological deposits which exist in this area of the town wil1 be encountered nearer to Duke Street, on the northern end of the site.