2003:1395 - Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Main Street, Dunshaughlin

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 44:33 Licence number: 03E1927

Author: Dominic Delany, Unit 3, Howley Court, Oranmore, Co. Galway.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 696836m, N 752072m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.509703, -6.540083

Testing was carried out on a proposed development site at Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, on 15 December 2003. The site is within the zone of archaeological potential around Dunshaughlin. Testing comprised the mechanical excavation of five trenches (15-25m long) in the garden area located to the rear of an existing dwelling-house. The soil profile was uniform across the tested area. A layer of garden soil, 0.6m in thickness, overlay mottled yellow/brown and grey clayey sand and gravel in all trenches. A linear cut, probably an old land drain, was the only feature encountered. It was c. 1m wide, 0.2m deep and contained a fill of grey/brown clayey silt/sand. The fill was sterile, apart from an animal tooth and a small fragment of oyster shell. No archaeological material was discovered during testing.