2004:0148 - SITE AR124, CLAREABBEY, Clare

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Clare Site name: SITE AR124, CLAREABBEY

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0022

Author: Graham Hull, TVAS Ireland Ltd, Ahish, Ballinruan, Crusheen, Co. Clare.

Site type: Burnt-stone spread

ITM: E 534421m, N 675434m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.825871, -8.973073

An amorphous burnt-stone spread (8m by 3m and 0.25m thick) was examined on the N18 Ennis bypass. A small part of the burnt-stone material lay outside the road CPO. The burnt spread was composed of fire-cracked and charcoal-darkened limestone pieces. A modern field drain cut the spread. Stratigraphically earlier than the spread was a circular flat-bottomed pit or trough. This feature had a diameter of 0.45-0.5m and was 0.25m deep. The base was flattish and the trough contained burnt stone with charcoal, identical to the overlying spread.

The edge of the CPO formed the northern limit of archaeological investigation. The exposed section indicated that a possible second trough could be present outside the road-take. This feature had a maximum observed width of 0.3m and was at least 0.1m deep.