2003:1403 - 9 Canon Street, Kells, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: 9 Canon Street, Kells

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 17:44 Licence number: 03E1780

Author: Melanie McQuade, Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd, 2 Killiney View, Albert Road Lower, Glenageary, Co. Dublin.

Site type: Post-medieval wall and medieval pits

ITM: E 673835m, N 775918m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.727685, -6.881113

Four test-trenches were excavated on the site of a proposed residential development to the rear of No. 9 Canon Street. Trenches 1-3 were mechanically excavated in the south-west and centre of the site on 28 October, and on 20 November 2003 a trench was manually excavated in the north of the site. Little or no stratigraphy survived in the southern part of the site, which appears to have been largely disturbed in the 19th century. The stratigraphy on the north of the site comprised topsoil, post-medieval garden soil and natural subsoil. A stone-lined drain and a pit were uncovered in the centre of the site and a section of wall was uncovered in the east. The wall was constructed of red brick and sandstone bonded with mortar. These features probably date from the 19th century. Two pits and a probable post-medieval drainage feature were uncovered in the north of the site. A sherd of local ware was identified in one of the pit fills, indicating that it dates from the 13th-14th century. No finds were identified in the other pit, and its date was not established.