2003:1512 - Ballykilleen, Offaly

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Offaly Site name: Ballykilleen

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0983

Author: Eoin Corcoran, for ADS Ltd, Windsor House, 11 Fairview Strand, Dublin 3.

Site type: Togher

ITM: E 660430m, N 727885m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.297811, -7.093483

Following a survey by the Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit (IAWU) in 2002 of Cloncreen Bog, a Bord na Móna production bog, a number sites were selected for excavation in the summer of 2003. This site was identified during the 2002 survey as a secondary togher. Two 4m by 5m cuttings were excavated.

The first cutting above a sighting in the drain face contained no archaeological material, probably due to the proximity of the main north-south drainage channel. The second cutting contained part of a split timber trackway orientated north-north-west/south-south-east. The timbers were laid longitudinally, with transverse roundwood elements and brushwood beneath them. This site was traced north for a further field. A c. 75m length of this trackway survives.