2004:0028 - BELFAST: Custom House Square, Antrim

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Antrim Site name: BELFAST: Custom House Square

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: AE/04/190

Author: Tim Stevens, Archaeological Development Services Ltd.

Site type: Excavation - miscellaneous

Period/Dating: Post Medieval (AD 1600-AD 1750)

ITM: E 734202m, N 874545m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.601332, -5.922905

The site lies on the eastern edge of the zone of archaeological potential which delimits medieval and 17th-century Belfast. Testing indicated that the site lies within an area of ground reclaimed in the post-medieval period.

All archaeological deposits uncovered consisted of material having been deliberately dumped on to the site in an attempt to consolidate and reclaim the area. The construction of a red-brick culvert uncovered in one trench probably represents an early attempt to drain the surrounding area into the Farsett River.

No archaeological deposits or finds pre-dating the post-medieval period were uncovered. The results of the investigation concur with the cartographic evidence, which shows that the site lay undeveloped until the end of the 17th century.

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