2003:1972 - Hall, Westmeath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Westmeath Site name: Hall

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1834

Author: Finn Delaney, Dominic Delany & Associates, Unit 3, Howley Court, Oranmore, Co. Galway.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 615452m, N 734592m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.361303, -7.767867

Excavations at a development site in Hall, Co. Westmeath, took place on 1 December 2003. The development envisages the construction of a machinery shed and an attendant gravel drive and gravel yard. The north-western field boundary of the site kinks around the fosse of a large platform ringfort (SMR 36:28).

Two trenches were excavated in the area of the proposed shed and gravel yard. They revealed that the site has a thin layer of topsoil underlain by a blue/grey silty clay subsoil in the lower, wetter, parts of the site and a grey/brown sandy subsoil in the slightly higher sections of the site. The proposed site has been disturbed by the insertion of a number of modern field drains and an organic deposit has developed in a hollow area where standing water is prevalent. The testing did not reveal any features or finds.