2003:1587 - MONEYMORE, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: MONEYMORE

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 42:30 Licence number: 03E1027

Author: Bernard Guinan

Site type: No archaeology found

Period/Dating: N/A

ITM: E 597057m, N 794960m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.904020, -8.044780

An assessment was required in advance of the construction of a dwelling-house, car canopy, septic tank and percolation area within the protected area of a ringfort at Moneymore, Coolaphubble, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon. The proposed development was located c. 25m from the southern bank of the ringfort, which was protected from the development by a 25m buffer zone.

Seven machine-cut test-trenches were laid out at intervals across the proposed development site. They were 1.5m wide and ranged in length from 3 to 60m. Across the seven trenches a dark-brown topsoil ranged from 0.1 to 0.4m in depth. This overlay a yellowish-brown subsoil, c. 0.15–0.4m deep, above a natural gravel horizon. The remains of a modern field boundary were found in two of the trenches.

No finds, features or deposits of archaeological significance were uncovered during the course of testing.

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