2002:1282 - Area 10, Ardee, Louth

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Louth Site name: Area 10, Ardee

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 14:43 Licence number: 02E1745

Author: David Bayley, 123 Roselawn Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15, for IAC Ltd.

Site type: Medieval

ITM: E 696047m, N 790784m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.857623, -6.540001

Testing took place of two route options for the proposed N52 Ardee Bypass where they pass through a medieval, D-shaped enclosure that contains a cemetery. The eastern end of the test area was in both route options. In this area a single east–west inhumation burial in a possible stone-lined grave, two circular pits and a possible wall foundation were recorded.
The northern route option contained very little of archaeological significance, with only a small area of post-medieval cobbled surface recorded. Testing of the southern route option yielded nineteen potential inhumation burials, three pit-type features and nineteen linear and curvilinear ditch-type features. Most of these linear features tie in with a multiple-ditched enclosure and associated field systems that were highlighted during geophysical testing of the site area.