2003:1068 - COOLTEDERY, Laois

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Laois Site name: COOLTEDERY

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1413

Author: Martin E. Byrne, Byrne Mullins & Associates, 7 Cnoc na Gréine Square, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 655287m, N 712386m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.159099, -7.173311

Testing was undertaken at a proposed residential development site located in the townland of Cooltederry, Portalington. There is a postulated double motte-and-bailey site (SMR 5:4) in the adjacent field to the north-east of the site. It is illustrated on the 1839 OS 6-inch map, without descriptive text, but not on any subsequent editions. There are no visible surface indications of the monument.
Five trenches were excavated by both machine and hand within the field adjacent to that in which the monuments are indicated. No features or finds of archaeological interest were uncovered. A low ridge which is bisected by the existing field boundary was found to be a natural feature.