2003:1570 - Corrantotan, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Corrantotan

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 48:113 Licence number: 02E1054 ext.

Author: Christopher Read, North West Archaeological Services Ltd, Cloonfad Cottage, Cloonfad, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 595969m, N 744039m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.446413, -8.060682

The proposed development site consists of a sand and gravel quarry, one mile outside of Bealnamulla, Co. Roscommon. Monitoring took place of topsoil-stripping over the final part of the site. The site was also subject to two previous phases of monitoring (Excavations 2002, No. 1600). Two small potential archaeological features were identified during the first monitoring phase and were subsequently excavated (Excavations 2002, No. 1601, 02E1158). The site is dramatically situated, with an esker, the focus of the quarry, constituting the eastern side of a shallow valley. Located within the valley, on the far side of the stream to the west of the esker, are the remains of a motte and later stone castle.

Monitoring of the final phase of excavation works associated with the proposed development was carried out on 30 October 2003. All topsoil covering the remaining portion of the site was removed. The topsoil consisted of a grey/brown sandy clay, 0.15-0.2m deep. It rested atop a compact natural sand/gravel deposit. No evidence of archaeological finds or deposits was revealed during the course of the excavation.