2003:0051 - Annagh, Belturbet, Cavan

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Cavan Site name: Annagh, Belturbet

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1698

Author: Martin Fitzpatrick, Arch. Consultancy Ltd, Ballydavid South, Athenry, Co. Galway.

Site type: Post-17th-century wall

ITM: E 635500m, N 817070m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.101483, -7.457226

Pre-development testing was undertaken in advance of the Belturbet Sewerage Scheme in a field to the immediate west of the town and adjacent to the River Erne. Prior to testing, a stepped earthen bank was visible running parallel to the river and extending for a distance of c. 160m. The bank survived to a maximum height of 1.5m on the riverside and was c. 3m wide. It was proposed to locate the pipeline along the line of this earthen bank.

Testing in October and November 2003 involved the excavation of seven trenches in the immediate vicinity and through the earthen bank. The testing uncovered a previously unrecorded wall feature which ran parallel to the river. The existing grassed-over bank was found to be a stepped feature with a stone wall on the external side and an earthen bank on the interior. The evidence suggests that the method of construction involved the excavation of a trench to facilitate the wall, with the upcast material utilised for the earthen bank. No artefacts were uncovered, but extensive brick fragments suggest a post-17th-century date, and possibly 19th-century. It is likely that the wall feature was constructed to relieve flooding in times of high water levels