2003:1939 - Cleaboy Industrial Park, Skibbereen, Waterford, Waterford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Waterford Site name: Cleaboy Industrial Park, Skibbereen, Waterford

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0156

Author: Colm Moloney, Headland Archaeology Ltd, Unit 4b, Europa Enterprise Park, Midleton, Co. Cork.

Site type: Possible Bronze Age funerary remains


ITM: E 659453m, N 612019m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.256667, -7.129167

Monitoring was carried out on the groundworks for a proposed business park in the townland of Skibbereen c. 2.5km south-west of Waterford city centre. During the course of monitoring, three irregularly shaped pits and one spread were uncovered in the east of the proposed area of development.

Of the four features excavated, only Pit 1 produced datable archaeological artefacts. The pottery sherds (Bronze Age vase food vessel) recovered from the upper levels of this feature may constitute an example of a funerary vessel, associated with the development of new burial customs and ceramic types during the Early Bronze Age period. Environmental analysis of the deposits revealed a quantity of charred nutshell and charcoal.