2003:1041 - RATHDUFF (MADDEN), Kilkenny

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kilkenny Site name: RATHDUFF (MADDEN)

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0408

Author: Breandán Ó Ríordáin, Burgage More, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, for Valerie J. Keeley Ltd.

Site type: Monitoring

ITM: E 650044m, N 642680m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.533171, -7.262393

Monitoring of ground disturbance in an area immediately adjacent to the zone of archaeological potential for the village of Kells, Co. Kilkenny (SMR 27:29), was carried out on 17 April 2003. The project consisted of the mechanical excavation of an area of 2.7m by 3.5m and 1.1m in depth, to facilitate the installation of a toilet facility, and the excavation of two post-holes, to accommodate two ESB poles, and a further pit, to accommodate a stay wire. The pit, which was 2.2m long, 1m wide and in excess of 0.7m deep, was found to contain a small cache of fragmented brown jars of post-medieval date. Additional monitoring was carried out on 4 September in the course of the excavation of three further post-holes. No features or additional deposits of an archaeological nature were discovered in the course of this further work.