2003:1945 - Woodstown 1, Waterford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Waterford Site name: Woodstown 1

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0414

Author: Linda Clarke, Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd, Unit 21, Boyne Business Park, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 656254m, N 611099m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.248734, -7.176172

An excavation was carried out at Woodstown 1, Woodstown, Co. Waterford, in April 2003 on behalf of Waterford City Council in advance of the construction of the new N25 Waterford Bypass. The project was funded by the Irish government and part funded by the European Union under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 and was administered through Waterford City Council.

This site was originally identified between 26 February and 11 March 2002 following an assessment carried out during the initial assessment phase of works by Tara O’Neill (Excavations 2002, No. 1798, 02E0249). This assessment involved machine-assisted trial-trenching along the centre-line of the road with offsets at 45¡ angles at intervals of 30m on alternate sides. This site was assessed as part of Site B, which consisted of six fields and was originally identified as Area 6 within Site B, and was located along the Western Link Road from the N25 bypass. Site B was identified subsequent to the EIS as an area of high archaeological potential after a critical examination of the topographical nature of the scheme.

An area which measured 20m2 was stripped of topsoil during the resolution phase of works to establish the archaeological significance of the possible ditch and pit which were exposed during the assessment phase. A single field drain was exposed. The features exposed were non-archaeological in nature.