2004:0045 - DUNMINNING, Armagh

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Armagh Site name: DUNMINNING

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: AE/04/34

Author: Norman Crothers, Archaeological Development Services Ltd, Unit 48, Westlink Enterprise Centre, Distillery Street, Belfast BT12 5BJ.

Site type: Bronze Age settlement

ITM: E 704479m, N 909868m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.925588, -6.370007

This field was advance stripped ahead of the North-West Gas Pipeline to investigate features uncovered during trial-trenching and to determine the limits of archaeology. The features exposed during trial-trenching proved to be associated with modern agricultural activity and waterlogging. Other features, however, were uncovered towards the north-west end of the field. These were of Bronze Age date and included sixteen pits, fourteen post-holes and three curvilinear gullies. The features were situated on a level ridge overlooking a tributary of the River Main to the east and in the lee of a local tract of higher ground to the north-west. The features on the east side of the site had been truncated by modern gravel quarrying. Two curvilinear slots may represent the remains of a figure-of-eight house, with the larger room measuring c. 9m in diameter and the smaller room c. 5m in diameter.