1997:078 - ROYAL DUBLIN SOCIETY, BALLSBRIDGE, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: ROYAL DUBLIN SOCIETY, BALLSBRIDGE

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 97E0363

Author: Christiaan Corlett, for Arch-Tech Ltd, 32 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 717864m, N 732313m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.327927, -6.230608

The requirement for testing arose as a result of a condition in the granting of planning permission for the replacement of the Serpentine Hall with a new two-storey building, and the extension of the South Paddock Hall. A single trench, oriented north-east/south-west, was excavated in September 1997, in the area of the proposed extension north-west of the South Paddock Hall. The trench was situated 2m north-west of and parallel with the north-west gable end of the Hall as it existed prior to its extension. A trench, 12.5m long, was machine-dug to an average depth of 1.6m.

The trench revealed no archaeological features. A dark grey-brown clay layer representing the earliest human activity present on the site was quite clearly of a post-medieval date. This layer seals natural river deposits of silty clay, which are undisturbed except for the cuttings of two modern drains. This natural silty clay in turn overlies glacially deposited gravels.