2003:1072 - SITE 11, KILLAGLISH, Laois

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Laois Site name: SITE 11, KILLAGLISH

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0239

Author: Thaddeus C. Breen, 13 Wainsfort Crescent, Dublin 6W, for Valerie J. Keeley Ltd.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 660912m, N 707512m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.114687, -7.090142

An aerial survey in advance of the M7 Heath–Mayfield Motorway Scheme revealed a circular cropmark in a field alongside the River Barrow, near the spot where a bronze sword was previously found. Mud dredged from the river had been spread on the field from time to time.
The cropmark was not on the road-take but directly beside it. A test excavation was carried out. A trench 10m long by 2m wide was excavated by machine along the side of the road-take at this point and five offsets, each measuring 10m by 2m, were extended back from this. The ploughsoil, mostly dark-brown, ranged in depth from 0.17 to 0.25m. It overlay light-grey clay, which was the natural subsoil. The only features found were the bases of furrows from modern deep ploughing, slightly cutting into the grey clay, and a drainage ditch with a ceramic drain. No features or artefacts related to any site which may be represented by the cropmark were found.