1998:007 - LINENHALL STREET, ARMAGH, Armagh

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Armagh Site name: LINENHALL STREET, ARMAGH

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 12:103 Licence number:

Author: Declan P. Hurl, Built Heritage, EHS, 5-33 Hill Street, Belfast.

Site type: Urban

Period/Dating:

ITM: E 687613m, N 845023m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.346355, -6.652458

Armagh Museum informed EHS of the demolition of a public house in the centre of Armagh. The construction of new premises had been granted planning permission, although EHS had not been notified. With the permission of the new owner a brief, small-scale excavation was undertaken.

Several areas were cleared of rubble. The first trench, 5m x 4m, revealed five subcircular pits, ranging from 0.85m in diameter and 0.7m deep to 1.95m in diameter and 1.2m deep. They were found to contain sherds of everted-rim ware and green-glazed pottery, parts of amber beads, iron nails and pieces of bone and antler, within clearly stratified fills.

Two further, adjacent trenches, 1.5m x 2.5m and 2m x 3m, in the south of the site, revealed perpendicular stone walls, belonging to two post-medieval building phases, which cut through a gully, 1m wide and 0.7m deep, containing a sherd of red-glazed pottery and a piece of amber.