2003:1831 - Site 32, Windmill, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: Site 32, Windmill

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0399

Author: Neil Fairburn, Cocyn Uchaf, Moelfre, Anglesey, Wales, for Judith Carroll Network Archaeology Ltd.

Site type: Pit

ITM: E 607373m, N 639110m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.503335, -7.891405

Phase 2 archaeological excavation at Site 32 was carried out 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 32, c. 1km south of the town of Cashel, is situated on the northern slope of Windmill Hill and is c. 75m west of the main Cashel-Cork road, the N8. The area is good quality grazing land that slopes down to the north and east. Site 32 had previously been tested during Phase 1 pre-construction works carried out by Mary Henry Archaeological Services Ltd in 2002. This testing revealed a single circular pit with charcoal and pockets of red burnt clay.

The Phase 2 stripping and resolution of this area was undertaken to fully excavate the pit as well as the immediate surrounding area. Machine stripping and excavation was carried out in March and April 2003. No further archaeological features were discovered. It is possible that there may be an association with the single pit and features uncovered in Site 34 (No. 1833 below, 03E0418), but this has as yet not been proven.