2003:1221 - BALREGAN, Louth

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Louth Site name: BALREGAN

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0157

Author: Brian O'Donnchadha

Site type: Embanked enclosure

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

ITM: E 701946m, N 810367m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.032414, -6.443817

Excavation resulted in the identification of the eastern quarter of a henge monument. The monument was made up of two circular ditches on either side of an encompassing bank. All that remained of the bank was a layer of water-rolled stones that is thought to have formed its foundation. Both ditches and bank terminated towards the south-east portion of the enclosure, implying a possible entranceway to the henge in that area. The interior ditch was 3m wide and 1.9m deep at its greatest. The maximum dimensions of the exterior ditch were 2m wide and 1.5m deep. Exterior pits contained sherds of burnt Neolithic pottery, and some lithics that showed signs of extensive use. The majority of the henge extended beyond the CPO line and therefore was not excavated.

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