2003:1798 - Site 30(ii), Owen, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: Site 30(ii), Owen

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0762

Author: Joanne Hughes, Boscabell, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Site type: Coin hoard/pits


ITM: E 589004m, N 635829m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.473789, -8.161851

Phase 2 testing on the N8 Cashel Bypass and N74 Link Road scheme by Neil Fairburn (No. 1719 above, 03E0295) identified possible archaeological features (pits and post-medieval cultivation furrows) centred around an infilled pond. An area (2400m2) around the pond was topsoil-stripped between Chainages 3120 and 3280 and the features investigated. One pit produced a sherd of possible prehistoric pottery. A hoard of eighteen silver pennies (seventeen English and one Irish) was found in a disturbed context. The coins are probably of Edward II mint (c. 1310-1320) and are broadly contemporary with both the Bruce Invasion of Cashel in 1315 and the walling of the town. The site is near the supposed route of the 'Rian Bó Phádraig' (SMR 61:71), which was the ancient roadway from Ardmore to Cashel.

Editor's note: This site was erroneously thought to be in Owen's-and-Bigg's Lot, but this only came to light when it was too late to change here. The site is in fact in Cooper's Lot.