2003:1048 - MARSHES STREET, THOMASTOWN, Kilkenny

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kilkenny Site name: MARSHES STREET, THOMASTOWN

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 28:40 Licence number: 03E0878

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

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 658436m, N 642095m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.527079, -7.138819

Planning permission was granted for the development of a ground-floor shop/office and a first-floor apartment at Marshes Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. The site falls within the zone of archaeological potential for the historic town. A condition of planning required that testing be carried out on-site and a survey of the walls along the boundaries of the site be undertaken. The site opens directly onto Marshes Street on the west side, is vacant and is bounded by random rubble walls of varying height on the other three sides. A survey of the walls found them to be of heavily repaired random rubble and of no specific date or interest.

Four trenches were excavated on-site to reveal 19th-century fill to a depth of c. 1m. The surviving walls were cut through this fill. There was no evidence for earlier walls or levels in the trenches. The raising of ground level in Thomastown is the most usual method of flood relief. No finds or features of an archaeological nature were noted on-site.