2003:1030 - KILLASPY, Kilkenny

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kilkenny Site name: KILLASPY

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 02E0196

Author: Dave Pollock, Knockrower Road, Stradbally, Co. Waterford, for ADS Ltd.

Site type: Burnt mounds, patches of burning, etc.

ITM: E 661376m, N 615305m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.285989, -7.100408

As part of the archaeological impact assessment of the N25 Waterford Bypass, 1340m of the main road corridor and 1170m of a parallel minor road corridor were tested by trenching in March 2003. Some 500m of the main road corridor had been tested the previous year. The work was funded by the NRA and Waterford Corporation.

Remains of paths and tree-planting holes associated with the post-medieval Killaspy House were found below ploughsoil, and a mortared stone footbridge survived above ground on the minor road corridor. Most of the former field boundaries were recent; there is no indication of cleared and enclosed land in the medieval or prehistoric periods.

Early remains comprised two burnt mounds, on low ground at the eastern and western ends of the main road corridor, and a loosely scattered collection of features towards the middle, including fire-spots, small pits and burnt stones. The group of features may represent occasional forest industry before the land was enclosed and cultivated, or may represent more substantial early settlement.