2003:1890 - Killoteran 8, Waterford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Waterford Site name: Killoteran 8

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1283

Author: Stephen J. Linnane, Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd, Unit 21, Boyne Business Park, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Site type: Pit

ITM: E 654430m, N 610202m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.240858, -7.203035

During the course of centre-line trenching along the route of the N25 Waterford Bypass scheme by Tara O’Neill (Excavations 2002, No. 1795, 02E0318), evidence of an area of archaeological potential was noted. The site was excavated as part of the resolution of all features within the road-take. An area of c. 20m by c. 20m was stripped by machine to the natural subsoil, at a depth of c. 0.35m. A single oval bowl-shaped pit was located. It had dimensions of c. 1m by c. 0.8m and had a maximum depth of c. 0.5m. The base of the pit had been oxidised, indicating that it had functioned as a hearth. The fill consisted of dark-grey sandy clay with some angular stones and charcoal flecking. Superficially, the fill provided no clues as to the function of the pit, but soil analysis and the results of radiocarbon dating should provide further information. No associated features were discovered, although there were plough furrows and field drains within the stripped area.