2003:2082 - Site J, Charlesland, Wicklow

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wicklow Site name: Site J, Charlesland

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1550

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

Site type: Prehistoric

ITM: E 729199m, N 710156m

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

This site was exposed during monitoring of topsoil-stripping prior to the construction of a dual carriageway between the R671 and Greystones. The road is part of a larger residential and industrial development planned for the area. Monitoring commenced in December 2002. To date, fourteen sites have been excavated. Excavation of Site J took place in November 2003.

Topsoil-stripping exposed a semicircular ditch, to the west of which were a number of pits, post-holes and slot-trenches. The ditch measured 68m in length and ran in a north-south direction through the site. It curved from the south-east very gradually to the north-east. A recut of the ditch was evident in section, which ran the entire length of the ditch.

Two slot-trench features were located c. 4m to the north-east of the ditch, but they did not appear to be associated with any structural remains. A barbed and tanged arrowhead and several crumbs of prehistoric pottery were found in these features.

A number of post-holes and pits were excavated to the west of the ditch. One fragment of prehistoric pottery was retrieved from a pit.