2003:964 - CHURCH LANE/CORBAN’S LANE, NAAS, Kildare

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kildare Site name: CHURCH LANE/CORBAN’S LANE, NAAS

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 19:30 Licence number: 03E0440

Author: Sheila Lane, AE House, Monahan Road, Cork.

Site type: Urban

ITM: E 689899m, N 718597m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.210184, -6.654146

Testing and a survey of all the standing walls and structures on the site was required in advance of an application for a grant of planning for a retail development at Church Lane/Corban’s Lane, Naas, Co. Kildare. The proposed development site lies within the zone of archaeological potential for the town of Naas. The site is situated on the eastern side of Main Street and comprises street frontage and an extensive area to the rear, most of which is occupied by a carpark. An inspection of the standing walls around the site found nothing to suggest that any of these were medieval in date.

Four test-trenches were opened by machine in the carpark area, two in the northern and two in the southern section. Topsoil, along with a substantial portion of subsoil, had been removed from the north of the site some years earlier. In or about the same time, the ground level was raised by c. 2m in the south of the site. Two trenches in the north were excavated to a maximum depth of 0.8m, where natural sand/gravel was revealed. In both test-trenches in the south of the site, loose rubble fill was found to a maximum depth of 2m. No finds or features associated with the early ecclesiastical settlement of St David’s, the medieval town of Naas or St David’s Castle were found.