2003:1554 - Carrowmurragh, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Carrowmurragh

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 02E0789 ext.

Author: Ellen OCarroll, The Archaeology Company, Office 1, 17 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin.

Site type: Medieval

ITM: E 598574m, N 748536m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.486842, -8.021486

Testing was carried out at Carrowmurragh during October 2003 in advance of a housing development and associated access routes and service trenches. Testing was previously carried out by Anne Carey (Excavations 2002, No. 1592).



Monitoring of topsoil-stripping was carried out along the route of the main (northern) access road leading into the development. Testing was then carried out on the foundation footprints of eight holiday houses and a terrace of five self-contained holiday units with associated carpark and rear access road, a sewage trench and wastewater treatment plant. A potential archaeological stone feature was uncovered along the northern access road to the proposed housing development, 140m from the northern entrance. The feature was cut by the machine and exposed in the west-facing section of the trench. It was 2m in length and was overlain with 0.05m of topsoil. The stones were tightly packed in dark-brown friable clay. It was excavated by the machine to a depth of 0.26m. The finds retrieved from this feature include glazed and unglazed medieval floor tiles, a metal pot rim sherd and animal bone (all ex situ). The access route was subsequently moved 2m to the west and accordingly no longer impacts upon the archaeology. Nothing of archaeological significance was recorded elsewhere on the site.