2004:0179 - SCATTERY ISLAND, Clare

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Clare Site name: SCATTERY ISLAND

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 67:24 Licence number: 01E0662

Author: Dave Pollock, Knockrower Road, Stradbally, Co. Waterford.

Site type: Monastic, medieval

ITM: E 497099m, N 652304m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.612222, -9.519444

Works by the National Monuments Service to improve visitor facilities on Scattery Island included burying a gas pipe and electric cable between 19th-century buildings. The trenching was monitored in late March/early April 2004. For part of its length the service trench only cut into a deep cultivation soil. Elsewhere the trench grazed likely medieval layers, comprising shingle surfaces, ash, clay flooring (some scorched) and robust stone surfacing. The heavy stone surface is probably part of a road on to a shingle spit (with tidal mill), the clay floors part of the high/late medieval settlement close to the island landing. No indication was found for a bawn wall associated with the surviving tower-house, less than 7m from the trench.