2004:0153 - CRATLOEMOYLE, Clare

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Clare Site name: CRATLOEMOYLE

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 62:21 Licence number: A005/2012

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

Site type: Post-medieval activity associated with tower-house

ITM: E 551113m, N 659522m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.684643, -8.723044

Test-trenching and topsoil-stripping between Cratloemoyle Castle and the current N18 road revealed a number of features, probably representing several phases of unrelated activity. A pit with burnt stones, several pits or hearths, a boundary ditch and further linear features were identified. Part of the site is buried beneath layers of 18th- or 19th-century rubble and modern made ground. Lead musket balls and a 16th-century coin were found and perhaps indicate military activity, which is known from historical sources to have taken place in the vicinity of the castle. The site will be fully excavated in early 2005.