2003:1898 - Knockaderry Lower/Johnstown, Waterford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Waterford Site name: Knockaderry Lower/Johnstown

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 16:106, 16:31 (delisted) Licence number: 02E1445

Author: Sheila Lane, AE House, Monahan Road, Cork.

Site type: Fulachta fiadh?

ITM: E 649589m, N 606776m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.210518, -7.274410

Planning permission was granted by Waterford County Council to erect a 100kV loop line in association with a substation constructed at Cullenagh in 2001. This development required the erection of double wooden poles at intervals along the line. It was a condition of planning that all ground disturbance associated with the development be monitored. Work to be carried out included areas within the zone of archaeological potential for a fulacht fiadh in the townland of Johnstown and for a delisted group of fulachta fiadh in Knockaderry Lower.

Six trenches, each c. 3m long and 1.2m wide, were excavated by the ESB. Two were within the zone of archaeological potential for the delisted group of fulachta fiadh in Knockaderry. Fulacht fiadh material was present in these trenches at a depth of c. 0.15m below present ground level to a maximum thickness of 0.6m. It was not possible to say whether this material was in situ or redeposited. The full extent of the fulacht fiadh material was not determined, due to the limited nature of the work. No finds or features of archaeological interest were noted in the other four trenches.