2003:1267 - Rampart River (Donaghmore/Rath), Kilcurry and Castletown Rivers (Balregan/Tateetra), Dundalk, Louth

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Louth Site name: Rampart River (Donaghmore/Rath), Kilcurry and Castletown Rivers (Balregan/Tateetra), Dundalk

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03D039; 03R054; 03D040; 03R055; 03D041; 03R056

Author: Rex Bangerter, The Archaeological Diving Company Ltd, Brehon House, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.

Site type: Riverine; post-medieval


ITM: E 702793m, N 809858m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.027666, -6.431069

Visual inspection and magnetometry survey by hand-held metal detection of three river crossings took place prior to the construction of the Dundalk Western Bypass. The impact areas included: Rampart River, Kilcurry River and Castletown River. Archaeological assessment was concentrated within the immediate land-take of each of the proposed crossings. However, a significant buffer zone was included in the survey, which extended the assessment beyond the proposed site perimeters. A large amount of post-medieval pottery was recovered from Kilcurry River. Also, various 19th-century alterations to the river course were noted and are believed to be associated with the adjacent Scotch Green Mill complex (marked on the 1836 first-edition OS map). No archaeologically significant materials/structures were observed for the other proposed crossing sites.