2004:0315 - GRADOGE RIVER, N8 MITCHELSTOWN RELIEF ROAD, Cork

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Cork Site name: GRADOGE RIVER, N8 MITCHELSTOWN RELIEF ROAD

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04R091

Author: Julianna O'Donoghue, Eachtra Archaeological Projects, Ballycurreen Industrial Estate, Kinsale Road, Cork.

Site type: Testing

ITM: E 580114m, N 613336m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.271356, -8.291378

Testing was undertaken on behalf of Cork County Council on the route of the N8 Mitchelstown relief road, which involves the construction of 4.5km of the N8 from Cloonlough, south of Mitchelstown, to the junction of the R513 and the N8, north of Mitchelstown.

In addition to the programme of centre-line and offset testing by Jacinta Kiely (No. 312 above, 04E0890), an underwater survey of a section of the Gradoge River was undertaken. It encompassed an area of the river measuring 73m east-west by 6m at Chainage 2815. At this point in the river course, there is a very gentle flow and a depth of 0.1-0.4m. A visual examination of the banks revealed no evidence of archaeological activity. The banks are c. 1m high. The riverbed comprised gravel and small stones. Approximately twenty hits were received on themetal detector. Seventeen of these could be seen and were generally of domestic refuse.

A fulacht fiadh was recorded c. 10m to the north of the river and was subsequently excavated by Bruce Sutton (No. 317 below, 04E1071/A012/003).