2003:1349 - ASHBOURNE: Ashbourne Business Park, Rath, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: ASHBOURNE: Ashbourne Business Park, Rath

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1715

Author: Stephen J. Linnane, Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd.

Site type: Pit and Cremation pit

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

ITM: E 705328m, N 753672m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.522449, -6.411567

Monitoring of topsoil-stripping was undertaken in advance of the construction of one part of the business park. The site is situated to the north of Ashbourne on the corner between the Rath Road and the N2. Three features were identified, comprising a pit containing cremated bone, an area of oxidised clay (hearth) and a further pit containing charcoal but no obvious bone. These features attest to prehistoric activity in the area and radiocarbon dating will allow the features to be dated. Further monitoring may discover the location of dwellings associated with the cremation.

Unit 21, Boyne Business Park, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth