2003:1617 - Site 1C, Caltragh, Sligo

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Sligo Site name: Site 1C, Caltragh

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0544

Author: Susan McCabe, Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd, Unit 21, Boyne Business Park, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Site type: Prehistoric pits

ITM: E 569029m, N 834784m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.260941, -8.475355

Numerous features within a large pasture field along the route of the proposed N4 Sligo Inner Relief Road were excavated in the townland of Caltragh, Co. Sligo. The site had been previously identified as having archaeological potential during testing of the area carried out by Frank Ryan (Excavations 2001, No. 1176, 01E0942).

In addition to several post-medieval and modern features, two small pits of possible Bronze Age date were also revealed. These pits were 1m apart and both had been truncated by a modern probable drainage feature. The first pit measured 0.45m north-south by 0.65m and was 0.2m in depth. It contained two fills, the primary of which contained charcoal and fire-cracked stones. Possible Bronze Age pottery was also found within this pit. The second pit measured 0.43m north-south by 0.24m and was 0.12m in depth. The fill contained charcoal and oxidised clay.

This project was funded by the Irish government under the National Development Plan 2000-2006.