2003:1400 - Isaacstown, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Isaacstown

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1152

Author: Rosanne Meenan, Roestown, Drumree, Co. Meath.

Site type: Ditch

ITM: E 679944m, N 748603m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.481380, -6.795570

Monitoring was carried out during construction of a bungalow and stable barn located c. 20m south of a ringfort (SMR 42:22). Sod and crumbly brown topsoil were removed to a depth of c. 0.3-0.4m. Excavation for the wall footings, a further 0.3-0.4m deep, exposed underlying mixed gravel and sands. A ditch was exposed on the footings for the dwelling-house; this was c. 1m wide at the top, curving into a rounded base just below the level of the bottom of the foundation trench. The fill was consistent through its depth, comprising brown clay very similar in colour and texture to the topsoil on the site. There were no finds in the fill. The feature was interpreted as the remains of a field fence, although no such field fence is marked on any of the maps consulted. Archaeological material was not exposed during soil-stripping or during foundation excavation.