2004:0234 - GILLABBEY TERRACE, CORK, Cork

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Cork Site name: GILLABBEY TERRACE, CORK

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0785

Author: Annette Quinn, Tobar Archaeological Services, 15 Willowfields, Ladysbridge, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork.

Site type: Urban

ITM: E 566662m, N 571435m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 51.894074, -8.484371

The development at Gillabbey Terrace, Cork, consisted of the construction of an extension to the rear of St Finbarr's National School. Testing was undertaken as part of an overall assessment of the site. The site is within the zone of archaeological potential for Cork city (SMR 74:122) and is immediately west of a country house (SMR 74:96). The site of Gill Abbey, from which the nearby street and terrace take their name, is located further to the west and the important ecclesiastical centre of St Finbarr's is located to the east.

A potential archaeological feature was exposed at the base of Trench 2 at a depth of 0.8m. It appeared as a mid-brown/grey linear feature extending in an east-north-east/west-south-west direction and was mainly visible on the north side of the trench. It contained small to medium-sized stones, roots and frequent charcoal flecks. A raft foundation was used for the extension, thereby preserving any potential archaeological features in situ.

Monitoring under the same licence number was subsequently carried out. All groundworks were carried out above the level of the potential archaeological feature, thus preserving the latter in situ.