2003:1561 - Sites 2-4, Cloonagownagh, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Sites 2-4, Cloonagownagh

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1770

Author: Judith Carroll, 13 Anglesea Street, Dublin 2.

Site type: Pits, etc.

ITM: E 587492m, N 764214m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.627586, -8.189092

Excavation was carried out in November/December 2003, when the sites were uncovered during monitoring of soil-stripping ahead of construction for the N4 road realignment scheme, 3km west of Carrick-on-Shannon to 8km east of Boyle.

Site 2, lying on the southern side and near the top of a hill, was initially revealed during the bulldozing of sub-topsoil material. The uppermost archaeological deposit was a layer that consisted of a mixture of broken stones and charred material including wood. This material had been truncated by probable agricultural activities prior to the road construction. A small shallow pit underlay this layer and contained a single deposit of oxidised soil containing some charred material.

Lying within 20m to the east of Site 2, Site 3, a pit within a small area of archaeological activity, was found during the same road construction works as for Site 2. The pit was roughly rectangular and flat-bottomed. It was substantially truncated on its upper surface and at one end. The base of the pit was distinctly baked and contained impressed portions of charred wood debris. Over this lay a shallow fill of almost pure charcoal.

Found during the same ground clearance and some 10m to the north of Site 3, Site 4 was a heavily truncated pit with a base of baked in situ clay which contained a shallow, carbon-rich fill. It may well have been contemporary with Site 3.