2003:2065 - Main Street, Arklow, Wicklow

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wicklow Site name: Main Street, Arklow

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 40:29 Licence number: 00E0891 ext.

Author: Red Tobin, Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd, 2 Killiney View, Albert Road Lower, Glenageary, Co. Dublin.

Site type: Urban post-medieval

ITM: E 724378m, N 673512m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.798252, -6.155579

Monitoring was in respect of the insertion of a gas distribution pipeline along the Main Street of Arklow, which is within the zone of archaeological potential for the town. The trench depth was 1.5m and the trench width 0.5m. Considering the limited access to the substrata along the main street, a surprisingly large amount of post-medieval material was revealed. This was represented by several box drains and deposits of household and construction debris. These features confirm that the present streetscape is relatively unchanged. The post-medieval deposits have survived as a result of little direct impact on the street, with the majority of services placed under the pavements. It must be stated that development work within the urban area of Arklow is potentially high risk.