2003:1692 - Site 1(iii), Ballyknock, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: Site 1(iii), Ballyknock

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0727

Author: Liam McKinstry, 9 Ballantyne Place, Steamboat Quay, Limerick, for Judith Carroll Network Archaeology Ltd.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 609330m, N 642729m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.535826, -7.862470

Excavation at Site 1(iii) was carried out in Phase 3 investigations on behalf of South Tipperary County Council in advance of construction of the N8 Cashel Bypass and N74 Link Road. The scheme involves a 6km bypass route of the town and a 2km link road of the N74.

Site 1iii, located between Chainage 7600 and Chainage 7620, measured 10m by 5m. An area of potential archaeological significance was identified during Phase 2 testing by Neil Fairburn (No. 1719 below, 03E0295), and comprised a collection of stones within a shallow cut. One stone had possible carvings on it. The irregular stone feature was roughly oval in shape and orientated east-west. The depression in which it was located had a flat base and irregular concave sides. It measured 1.41m north-south by 7.3m and was 0.21-0.38m deep. The deposit comprised a loose mid-brown/grey sandy silt which contained rough cobbles, subangular stones and several pieces of 20th-century red brick. No further stones with markings were identified.

Further examination of the possible marked stone suggested that the marks were more likely to be a result of ploughing or other modern machinery.