2003:1718 - Carrownreddy, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: Carrownreddy

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1587

Author: John Tierney, Eachtra Archaeological Projects, Ballycurreen Industrial Estate, Kinsale Road, Cork.

Site type: Hearth


ITM: E 589000m, N 636162m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.476774, -8.161911

Planning permission was granted for the construction of a large housing estate and associated buildings at Carrownreddy, Tipperary, with a condition of testing. Trench 5 was located 15m to the east of an enclosure (SMR 67:3) in the north-western corner of the site. The trench measured 30m (east-west) by 2m by c. 0.5m deep. One feature of an archaeological nature was uncovered. To assess the extent of this feature, an offshoot trench was opened. This measured 8m (north-south) by 2m. The feature comprised three contexts, including charcoal and small angular pebbles and stones within a black ashy layer, and is interpreted as a hearth. This was the only archaeological feature identified in the course of the testing. The location of a hearth within 15m of a natural lake is not unexpected and may be the remains of a temporary hunting camp, for example. However, as the widened trench uncovered no further archaeological remains, the risk of encountering significant archaeological remains in the area is lessened.