2003:1383 - Downestown, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Downestown

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1658

Author: Miriam Carroll, Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd, 8 Dungar Terrace, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Site type: Various

ITM: E 669436m, N 803412m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.654750, -6.422175

A number of features of archaeological potential were identified during testing of a proposed extension to a Roadstone quarry at Downestown, Duleek, Co. Meath. The excavation of an area measuring 60m (north-south) by 50m was subsequently undertaken over a three-week period. The excavated features consisted of several large but shallow linear trenches, pits and a possible wall foundation. The linear trenches were aligned both north-south and east-west across the site and are likely to represent levelled field divisions or boundaries. Specialist analysis of the pottery recovered from the site is currently under way.