2003:1119 - DRUMHIERNEY, Leitrim, Leitrim

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Leitrim Site name: DRUMHIERNEY, Leitrim

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 27:25 Licence number: 03E0816

Author: Christopher Read, North West Archaeological Services Ltd.

Site type: No archaeology found

Period/Dating: N/A

ITM: E 595157m, N 804911m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.993431, -8.073845

The proposed development, to consist of twelve houses, access and connections to the village sewerage scheme on a four-acre site at Drumhierney, is located just outside Leitrim village on the Keadue road. The site is near SMR 27:25, a well-preserved ringfort.

Monitoring was carried out of excavation works associated with the proposed development. As a portion of the development is to be piled, due to the instability of the underlying deposits, a portion of the site was tested rather than monitored. The western half of the site was completely topsoil-stripped. The topsoil was very thin, consisting of sod and friable brown clay, 0.1–0.15m deep. This rested directly atop a compact natural grey/brown clay. The three test-trenches, located across the southern and eastern ends of the site, revealed a substantial peaty deposit under the sod. It measured between 0.2 and 1.2m deep, being deeper in the south-east corner of the site. It rested directly atop a sticky grey/brown natural clay, similar to that identified on the western side of the site but much softer. There was no evidence of any archaeological activity on the site.

Cloonfad Cottage, Cloonfad, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim