2003:1573 - Drum or Warren, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Drum or Warren

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 6:78 Licence number: 02E1400 ext.

Author: Mary Henry, Mary Henry Archaeological Services Ltd, 17 Staunton Row, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Site type: Modern pit

ITM: E 581407m, N 803225m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.977963, -8.283436

Monitoring of topsoil-stripping associated with the construction of two dwelling-houses was undertaken at a site in the townland of Drum, or Warren, just outside Boyle, Co. Roscommon. The site is within the confines of a field system.

Nothing of archaeological significance was uncovered in the course of topsoil-stripping for one of the house sites, but, at the second house site, an anomaly was discovered during earlier testing (Excavations 2002, No. 1604). This feature, a surface linear ridge and soil anomaly, proved to be of modern construction. A horizontal cut was revealed on the southern side of the ridge, which dived vertically 0.32m from the southern extremity. Its total width measured 1.6m, whereas the width of the vertical part of the cut measured 1.12m. The cut fill comprised loose, mid-brown sandy clay surrounding small to large pieces of irregular rounded limestone. One sherd of modern pottery was located towards its base. The fill underlay a mid- to dark-brown sandy topsoil and was cut into a mid-brown silty clay which overlay natural degrading limestone. It was noticeable in section that the cut fill spread further to the north-west, suggesting considerable disturbance in the past. No other feature of interest was found on the second house site.