2003:1706 - Site 21, Boscabell, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: Site 21, Boscabell

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0480

Author: David Bonner, Network Archaeology, Buckingham, and John Kavanagh, National Archaeological Services, for Judith Carroll Network Archaeology Ltd, 13 Ang

Site type: Pits and post-holes

ITM: E 609602m, N 641222m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.522279, -7.858505

Testing and resolution work was carried out here 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 21 was examined by Anne Marie Lennon in Phase 1 Pre-Construction Testing (Excavations 2002, No. 1695, 02E0376). Whilst there was no evidence of archaeological activity within Site 21, a pit containing a sherd of Beaker pottery was found a few metres to the north in Site 20 (Chainage 6070-6140).

Site 21 is in an area of high archaeological potential. Phase 2 testing work was carried out in May 2003 as part of the pre-construction evaluation of many sites along the proposed route. A small number of features of potential were encountered within the six excavated test-trenches. These included a possible drainage gully and a cultivation furrow. The features identified were resolved under an extension to this licence in Phase 3 of the investigations.

The whole area of Site 21 was stripped of topsoil, exposing a small number of features. These were predominantly plough furrows and modern drains, but a small number of shallow pits and post-holes were also uncovered. These were isolated features and did not form any coherent structure.