2003:1440 - Newgrange, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Newgrange

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 19:67 Licence number: 03E0763

Author: John O'Connor

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 700679m, N 772747m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.694716, -6.475494

Monitoring of groundworks at Newgrange, Slane, Co. Meath, was carried out on 5 and 6 June 2003. The site is located c. 1km to the west of Newgrange Passage Tomb, on the Slane side of the River Boyne. The site consisted of landscaped gardens adjacent to a 19th-century cottage. The development involved the construction of a single dormer bungalow.

The site was stripped of topsoil down to the subsoil by a mechanical excavator fitted with a toothless grading bucket. The monitoring of the foundation excavation and subsequent groundworks resulted in the discovery of a cobbled surface at the entrance to the site. This surface was part of a small road that led down to a cottage and well. Both the cottage and the road were marked on the OS map, but both had been removed in living memory. Nothing of archaeological significance was discovered.

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