2003:1900 - Knockhouse Lower/Carrickpherish/Bawndaw, Waterford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Waterford Site name: Knockhouse Lower/Carrickpherish/Bawndaw

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1795

Author: Melanie McQuade, Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd, 2 Killiney View, Albert Road Lower, Glenageary, Co. Dublin.

Site type: Potential hearth and pit

ITM: E 658249m, N 612757m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.263430, -7.146680

Testing was carried out along the route of a proposed 1.8km road. The line of the road runs through a greenfield area. A total of 27 trenches were excavated, located in order to test the anomalies identified in the geophysical survey (licence 03R115) and to test areas which were not included in that survey.

The stratigraphy over most of the site comprised up to 0.3m of ploughsoil overlying natural subsoil, but in the northern field topsoil overlay a 0.15m band of mid-brown sandy clay overlying natural ground. Testing identified a possible hearth of unknown date (Trench 23, Field 12) and a pit containing burnt stone and charcoal (Trench 9, Field 7). Several linear features, including probable field boundaries, drains and plough furrows, which appear to date from the post-medieval period, were also uncovered. Sherds of pottery recovered during testing have been identified as ware dating from the 17th to the 20th century.