2003:2086 - Site K, Killincarrig, Wicklow

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wicklow Site name: Site K, Killincarrig

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1399

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

Site type: Burnt mound


ITM: E 729089m, N 711220m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.135857, -6.070713

This site was found during monitoring of topsoil-stripping in advance of the construction of a dual carriageway from the R671 to Greystones. The road is part of a larger residential and industrial scheme planned for the area. Fourteen sites have been excavated to date. Excavation of this site took place in October 2003.

Site K was located in a low-lying hollow at the base of a gradual west-facing slope. A natural deposit of peat partially overlay the natural subsoil. Three spreads of burnt-mound material were identified, with an associated trough and post-holes.

Spread 1 was located at the eastern extent of Site K. It measured 8.5m east-west by 6m and varied in depth between 0.05 and 0.25m. A possible hearth feature consisting of a deposit of ashy sand was excavated overlying the main deposit of burnt stone.

Spread 2 was located c. 5.5m to the north-east of Spread 1. This spread was very truncated and measured 9m east-west by 5.5m. It had a maximum depth of 0.1m.

Spread 3 was located 3m to the north of Spread 2 and was on a gradual south-facing slope. It measured 2.3m east-west by 1.8m and varied in depth between 0.04 and 0.12m. Only one deposit of burnt stone was visible in section.

A trough was located c. 2m from the western edge of Spread 3. It measured 1.7m north-south by 0.75m. It had a maximum depth of 0.14m, but much of the northern edge was ploughed away.