2003:1955 - 1 Abbey Lane, Athlone, Westmeath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Westmeath Site name: 1 Abbey Lane, Athlone

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0111

Author: Martin E. Byrne, Byrne Mullins & Associates, 7 Cnoc na Gréine Square, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 604996m, N 740196m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.411866, -7.924857

Testing was undertaken in the area of a proposed development situated to the rear of 1 Abbey Street, Athlone. The site is located on the western side of the present Abbey Lane. It is speculated that the line of the 17th-century earthen rampart defences ran along the western side of the lane.

Hand excavation took place of a trench in the rear garden of the property at right angles to the postulated line of the defensive feature. Testing revealed a 0.4m layer of topsoil overlying a moderately compact light-brown sandy clay typical of the general area. No features or artefacts of archaeological interest were uncovered.