2003:1563 - Site 7, Cloonagownagh, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Site 7, Cloonagownagh

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1841

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

Site type: Burnt mound

ITM: E 587492m, N 764214m

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

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

Preliminary surface clearance uncovered a burnt mound (fulacht fiadh) covering an area of c. 7m by 8m, with a mound of charred organics and cracked stones which appeared to overlie an intact contemporary topsoil (palaeosol). This was noted to extend several metres beyond the mound and was rich in preserved organic material, including a large timber portion which may have been split.

No evidence of a trough was recovered. The site has been heavily truncated at the margins by agricultural drainage and recent mechanical surface stripping. No finds or faunal remains were recovered.