2003:1913 - Lackan, Waterford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Waterford Site name: Lackan

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1177

Author: Linda Hegarty, Headland Archaeology Ltd, Unit 4b, Europa Business Park, Midleton, Co. Cork.

Site type: Railway line

ITM: E 627391m, N 596201m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.117020, -7.600048

As part of the pre-development assessment of the archaeological potential of the Waterford Outer Ring Road south of Waterford city, a series of test-trenches was excavated within the proposed land-take of the route in Area 5. Excavation commenced in late July for a period of four weeks. The old Tramore-Waterford railway line was recorded, but only parts of it were exposed, due to ground conditions. The water table was very high, due to the proximity of Kilbarry Bog. The railway was recorded in Field 22, Trench 2. Two railway sleepers were recorded; one was in good condition, the second was in a poor state of preservation. The area of the railway was difficult to study, as it was overgrown with 12-15m-high trees. The roots of these and the clearance of the trees by the track machine caused much disturbance. However, the location of the railway was confirmed.

Other than the old railway line, no features of archaeological significance were identified.