2003:2032 - 48 The Quays, New Ross, Wexford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wexford Site name: 48 The Quays, New Ross

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0541

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

Site type: Urban


ITM: E 671650m, N 627707m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.396204, -6.947190

Two test-trenches totalling 12.6m2 (8.4% of site area) were excavated at the site of a demolished semi-detached structure at 48 The Quays, New Ross, Co. Wexford, in April 2003, within the footprint of the proposed development.

A well and several walls were uncovered directly below the existing concrete floor level, suggesting that the phase of building they represented was of late post-medieval date, immediately pre-dating the construction of the recently demolished building.

Probable reclamation layers uncovered in both trenches appear to suggest that the building represented by the walls was constructed following a phase of intentional post-medieval reclamation in this part of New Ross. The necessity for this reclamation was evidenced by the presence of tidally affected groundwater at a depth of 1.5m below existing ground level in the trench closest to the River Barrow on the date of the excavation.