2000:0514 - ARDCLONE, Kilkenny

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kilkenny Site name: ARDCLONE

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 00E0401

Author: Patrick Neary, 24 Talbots Inch Village, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny.

Site type: Hearth

ITM: E 645633m, N 621170m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.340233, -7.330333

During the monitoring of the Piltown–Fiddown Road Improvement Scheme on the N24 Waterford to Limerick road in South County Kilkenny, a hearth was identified overlooking the Pil River, and an uncalibrated date of 1080±50 BP was obtained from the Department of Physics Radiocarbon Laboratory, UCD.

Excavation showed that this hearth was located on an earlier backfilled ditch, which extended outside the road-take area and had been cut into the underlying rock.

Finds from the site consisted mainly of burnt and unburnt bone, which seems to be of animal origin, a bead of bone or tusk/antler with a carved motif on its surface, measuring c. 10mm x 10mm, and a piece of blue glass with a decorated pattern in white and yellow along its length, measuring 12mm x 5mm.