2003:1062 - BORDWELL LITTLE, Laois

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Laois Site name: BORDWELL LITTLE

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 28:34 Licence number: 03E0534

Author: Mary Henry, Mary Henry Archaeological Services Ltd, 17 Staunton Row, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Site type: Post-medieval pit

ITM: E 632039m, N 681190m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.880640, -7.524008

Pre-construction testing was undertaken on the site of a proposed dwelling-house. The site is close to a church, graveyard and part of an enclosure.

Eight trenches were opened on the site; only one revealed a feature of archaeological potential, a cut in the western section of the trench. Measuring 4.5m across the section, this feature had a depth of 0.7m and an irregular base. It appeared that the cut originated from within the topsoil, which therefore implies that it is of relatively recent manufacture. Both sides of the cut were concave. Three fills were recorded in the cut, of which one was rich in iron slag. The slag was well preserved, showing hardly any signs of degradation. Considering the size of the pit and its components, it is suggested that this feature is the result of field scatter or deliberate dumping within the relatively recent past, no earlier than the mid- to late post-medieval period.