2003:2071 - River Leitrim (Broadlough), Burkeen Stream (Friarshill) and Ashtown Stream (Ashtown), Wicklow

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wicklow Site name: River Leitrim (Broadlough), Burkeen Stream (Friarshill) and Ashtown Stream (Ashtown)

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03D045, 03R039, 03D046, 03R070, 03D047, 03R071

Author: Rex Bangerter, The Archaeological Diving Company Ltd, Brehon House, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.

Site type: Estuary/riverine, 19th-century

ITM: E 730882m, N 694983m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.989573, -6.050538

Visual assessment and magnetometry survey by hand-held metal detection of three river crossings took place as part of the proposed Wicklow Port Access and Town Relief Road Scheme. Assessment at Burkeen and Ashtown Streams did not reveal any material of archaeological significance. However, a 19th-century brick-faced slipway/pier was located on the western shoreline of Broadlough Estuary Crossing (River Leitrim). A 19th-century railway crossing transects the river 100m downstream of this structure. Also, a shallow man-made lake of similar date (70m by 50m) is located beside it on the eastern river shoreline. An inlet to the artificial lake is located 65m upstream of the roadway crossing point. The survey extended for 140m, 40m upstream and 40m downstream of the proposed construction at the Broadlough Crossing. Similar survey distances were implemented at the other river crossings.