2003:1599 - Main Street, Roscommon, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Main Street, Roscommon

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 39:43 Licence number: 03E0745

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

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 587455m, N 764442m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.629638, -8.189661

The proposed development, to consist of a new building and related services, is located to the rear of Hynes's Butchers, Main Street, Roscommon. Due to a misunderstanding regarding the development's archaeological assessment condition, the foundations for the proposed building had been excavated and concreted prior to the developer contacting North West Archaeological Services. It was agreed with the Department that a licence to monitor should be obtained and the sections and spoil be examined for evidence of any potential archaeological features or finds.

Monitoring of the area excavated was carried out on 29 May 2003. The site is within the medieval town of Roscommon. It had been previously used as a municipal carpark and had been cleared and surfaced by Roscommon County Council several years before. Prior to arrival on-site, the foundation trenches had been excavated to a depth of approximately 1m and filled with 0.4m of concrete, leaving an exposed section of 0.5-0.6m. It was clear from the exposed sections that there would have been little possibility of encountering archaeological material on the site, with tarmac and hardcore resting directly atop a compact natural brown clay over most of the site. Further excavation, for a service trench, took place after the initial site inspection and was monitored. No archaeological remains were encountered.