2003:1886 - Killoteran 3, Waterford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Waterford Site name: Killoteran 3

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0365

Author: Linda Clarke, Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd, Unit 21, Boyne Business Park, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Site type: Fulacht spread

ITM: E 654566m, N 610561m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.244070, -7.200971

An excavation was carried out, from 24-30 April 2003, at Killoteran 3, Killoteran, Co. Waterford, on behalf of Waterford City Council in advance of the construction of the new N25 Waterford Bypass. The project was funded by the Irish government and part funded by the European Union under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 and was administered through Waterford City Council.

This site was uncovered between 29 April and 23 May 2002 following an assessment of additional trenching carried out, in advance of the construction of the bypass, by Tara O’Neill and Deirdre Murphy (Excavations 2002, No. 1781 02E0441). An area that measured 60m by 60m was stripped during the resolution phase of works. A heavily ploughed-out fulacht spread and a small pit were exposed initially. Two pits, three post-holes and three possible post-holes were exposed beneath this fulacht spread.

There was no surface indication of the fulacht spread prior to the removal of the topsoil, as the original shape and full extent of the fulacht fiadh was distorted by centuries of ploughing, which had resulted in the reduction, dispersion and scatter of the burnt stone. No obvious trough was visible within this site. The large pit exposed below the spread may, however, have functioned as a trough. Stake-holes were also visible within the base of this feature. No finds were recovered from the fulacht spread or from any of the features found in association.