2003:1148 - CASTLETROY: Fields I-III, Kilbane II, Limerick

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Limerick Site name: CASTLETROY: Fields I-III, Kilbane II

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 02E1787

Author: Avril Hayes, Aegis Archaeology Ltd

Site type: Cremation pit, Pit, Enclosure and Furnace

Period/Dating: Prehistoric (12700 BC-AD 400)

ITM: E 562515m, N 658234m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.673978, -8.554262

Monitoring took place of topsoil-stripping associated with a housing development, realignment of a distributor road and associated site works at Kilbane, Castletroy, Co. Limerick. The development is located within the zones of potential for a holy well and a possible burial ground, SMR 5:34(01, 02). Monitoring was undertaken subsequent to testing across the three fields of the development. Features were encountered in each of the fields, and were subsequently excavated by hand.

Stripping in Field 1 uncovered eight pits and one deposit. Five of the pits contained cremated bone and two pits contained fragments of Bronze Age pottery. Stripping in Field 3 revealed four areas containing varying quantities of archaeological features. These comprised a number of cremations, with one bowl furnace. Fragments of pottery were also recovered from the excavation. Stripping in Field 2 revealed a large circular ditched enclosure, measuring 40m in internal diameter, with an inner ditch also noted. This site was cordoned off and was not excavated.

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