2003:1417 - Ninch, Laytown, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Ninch, Laytown

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0024

Author: Joanne Hughes, Boscabell, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Site type: Gullies, post-medieval ditches and drains

ITM: E 716437m, N 771543m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.680628, -6.237450

Previous work on this development site by James Eogan, Martin Reid and Cia McConway identified substantial multi-period archaeological remains (Excavations 2000, No. 760; 2001, No. 1007, 98E0501). Phase 3b works were located to the north of the Phase 2 investigations (ibid.) and involved the resolution of features identified during testing on the site (02E0017 ext.). The majority of features consisted of post-medieval field drains and field boundaries. Three undated north-south-oriented gully features (no more than 6m long, 1m wide and up to 0.5m deep) were identified; all extended beyond the northern limits of excavation. Other than a possible hammer/rubbing stone, no other diagnostic dating evidence was found. An anomalous crescent-shaped feature (less than 2m long, 0.3m wide and 0.2m deep) was identified close to one of these gullies. Its function remains unclear. Two north-south-oriented ditches were also identified, one of which may be related to a similarly oriented ditch found during Phase 2 investigations (Excavations 2001, No. 1007, Phase 3, Early Christian). Both of these ditches continued beyond the northern limits of the excavation.