2003:1279 - Faughart Lower, Louth

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Louth Site name: Faughart Lower

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1574

Author: Shane Delaney, Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd, 8 Dungar Terrace, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Site type: Prehistoric pits

ITM: E 705734m, N 811006m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.037381, -6.385810

This potential site had been identified during the linear testing of the proposed Dundalk Western Bypass at Chainage 25960 (Faughart Lower 5, Site 132). An area measuring 20m by 40m centred on the potential features was stripped.

The excavation uncovered five archaeological features. These comprised four shallow truncated pits/post-holes forming a curvilinear arc running north-east to south-west, with one possible pit, internal to the arc, situated to the immediate west. The pits contained prehistoric pottery. The pottery (153 sherds) is fragmentary (hence the large numbers) and generally consists of body sherds (however, there are four shoulder and one rim sherd). These sherds display a variation in fabric and none appear to be decorated. All other potential contexts on-site were deemed not to be of an archaeological nature.