2003:2005 - Ardcolm, Wexford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wexford Site name: Ardcolm

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1711

Author: Emmet Stafford, Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology, Unit 4, Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 706375m, N 625884m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.374174, -6.437713

Five trenches were excavated at Ardcolm, Ardcavan, at the site of a proposed dormer house on 22 November 2003. The development site is situated in a previously undeveloped area of marginal pasture immediately to the south of St Columb's Church (Ardcolm church and graveyard, SMR 38:1).

The excavation uncovered no features of archaeological significance. In particular, no signs of a ditch enclosing Ardcolm church and graveyard were noted in the trenches (2 and 4) excavated from the edge of the graveyard. The discovery of disarticulated animal bone in Trenches 2 and 3 appears to be linked to the importation of topsoil onto the site at some stage in the past rather than to the archaeological use of the church and graveyard.