2003:1901 - Knockhouse Lower, Waterford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Waterford Site name: Knockhouse Lower

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0375

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

Site type: Prehistoric

ITM: E 657301m, N 611793m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.254862, -7.160726

An assessment was carried out at Knockhouse Lower, c. 3km west of Waterford city. As a result of a geophysical survey it was recommended that further testing be carried out to establish the full nature and extent of the anomalies identified. Seven test-trenches were mechanically excavated across the proposed development area. The archaeological deposits were recorded and left in situ.

The geophysical survey identified a subcircular enclosure with numerous pit-type anomalies in the south-eastern corner of the field. Trenches 5 and 6 were located in this area. A complex of pits and burnt spreads were exposed within a subcircular ditch. The series of field boundaries, agricultural furrows and land drains revealed through the geophysical survey were also located and recorded. Full excavation was recommended in advance of construction.