2003:2072 - Charlesland, Wicklow

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wicklow Site name: Charlesland

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 02E1804

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

Site type: Monitoring

ITM: E 729199m, N 710156m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.126276, -6.069514

Charlesland is located c. 1.5km to the south of Greystones. Monitoring of topsoil-stripping commenced in December 2002 of a dual carriageway linking the R671 (Killincarrig-Kilcoole) to Greystones. This forms part of a larger development area that involves the construction of a residential development and an industrial mixed-use development. Topsoil-stripping along the dual carriageway and residential spine road exposed over seven archaeological sites, including a complex of roundhouses with enclosing ditches, a Bronze Age enclosure and several burnt mounds (Excavations 2002, No. 1964).

Topsoil-stripping recommenced in 2003 with stripping of Phase II of the dual carriageway and Phase I of the housing development. Three burnt mounds and two large ditches were exposed. These sites were excavated under separate licences (see below) and post-excavation analysis is ongoing.