2003:1203 - Stradbally North, Limerick

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Limerick Site name: Stradbally North

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0214

Author: Frank Coyne, Aegis Archaeology Ltd, 16 Avondale Court, Corbally, Limerick.

Site type: Cemetery

ITM: E 563958m, N 661043m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.699316, -8.533238

This site was tested by Linda Lynch (No. 1202 above). The subsequent excavation revealed the burial of at least thirteen individuals. Ten articulated skeletons, which appeared to have been buried in haste, were recovered, along with a significant volume of disarticulated human remains representing at least three other individuals.

Preliminary analysis of the recovered skeletons indicates that there were three female adults, six male adults and one juvenile. It was noted that one of the young males had suffered a fracture to the right femur close to the time of death. Spinal disease was also observed on a female adult. One individual seems to have been wrapped in a winding sheet, whilst others appear to have been buried in a shroud, secured at the hands and feet.

The burials in general were oriented north-east/south-west. No structure was identified during excavation; however, the road immediately to the west is known as Chapel Hill and, according to local information, a church had existed at the site of the nearby old schoolhouse.

Sixteen finds were taken from the site, including a 15th-century silver penny, a number of iron and copper alloy belt buckles, a bronze mount with gold gilt and two pieces of post-medieval pottery.