2003:1415 - Laytown, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Laytown

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 02E1003

Author: Martin Jones, No. 6 Newgarden, Belclare, Tuam, Co. Galway.

Site type: Monitoring

ITM: E 716437m, N 771543m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.680630, -6.237450

Topsoil-stripping was monitored at the proposed location of a development of 38 houses, three shop units and their associated services and access at the rear of the Alverno Hotel in Laytown Village, Co. Meath.

A desk-top assessment and testing were carried out by Tom Rogers in June 2002 (Excavations 2002, No. 1488). Nothing of archaeological significance was uncovered in the course of testing. It was recommended that an archaeologist carry out monitoring of the proposed development. The development is relatively close to several monuments and recent excavations 1km to the north have also revealed a site of multi-period activity.

Fieldwork was carried out on an intermittent basis between 14 and 29 of July 2003. Work was then postponed until further notice. Topsoil was stripped to a maximum depth of 0.45m. No deposits of an archaeological nature were found. A number of cut features noted were modern and associated with the former use of the site as a caravan park. Finds retrieved included modern pottery, glass, plastic drainage piping and domestic refuse.