2003:992 - DUNKITT, Kilkenny

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kilkenny Site name: DUNKITT

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 02E0224 EXT.

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

Site type: Trackway, post-holes, pits

ITM: E 658129m, N 616002m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.292605, -7.147878

Testing was undertaken between 12 and 14 May 2003 on behalf of Waterford County Council along the line of the proposed N25 Waterford Bypass as an extension to a licence initially held by Cathy Sheehan in 2002.

Testing uncovered two sites of archaeological potential, one of which may be a relatively modern trackway associated with a derelict farmhouse (Site 1).

The trackway (C1) measured 4.5m in width and was 0.2m deeper than the surrounding subsoil level. The base of C1 appeared to have been surfaced with tightly packed stones 0.04–0.15m in size. Some very infrequent charcoal flecking was uncovered at the base of the feature. C1 appeared to run in a roughly east–west direction directly towards a gateway at the side of the derelict farmhouse to the west of the field tested.

Site 2 was uncovered in a field situated to the south of a derelict farmhouse and occupying a gentle south-west-facing slope, which was under pasture at the time of testing. The site was characterised by a series of possible post-holes, narrow gullies and shallow pits, which were thinly dispersed throughout c. 100m of the proposed road-line. No artefacts or datable material were recovered from the features.