2002:0036 - Royal Oak Road (Moneybeg), Bagnelstown, Carlow

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Carlow Site name: Royal Oak Road (Moneybeg), Bagnelstown

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 02E0351

Author: Emmet Stafford, Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology, Unit 4, Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Site type: Field system

ITM: E 669648m, N 661212m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.697560, -6.969594

Testing, in response to a request for further information, was undertaken at the site of a proposed housing estate at Moneybeg, Bagnelstown, Co. Carlow, on 29 and 30 April and 1 May 2002. The proposed development site encompasses two monuments, SMR 16:108 and 16:109, which were identified by aerial photography and are listed as ‘enclosures’.

Fifteen trenches, covering a total area of 2717m2, were opened. Their location was not intended to impinge on the monuments but to establish a buffer zone around the enclosures and any associated archaeological deposits. No features or deposits of an archaeological nature were identified in the vicinity of the monuments.

Further trenches throughout the remainder of the site revealed a series of subsoil-cut features. Most appeared to be linear and were oriented north-west/south-east or north-east/south-west. These features, which were largely filled with a light brown soil of moderate compaction, appeared to be the remains of a field system, pre-dating the east–west and north–south field boundaries that currently define the site. No artefacts or other datable material were retrieved from this field system.