2004:0337 - SKIBBEREEN, Cork

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Cork Site name: SKIBBEREEN

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04D023, 04R057

Author: Eoghan Kieran, 210 Silverlawns, Navan, Co. Meath.

Site type: Underwater assessment

ITM: E 511969m, N 534071m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 51.552322, -9.269427

An underwater archaeological survey was undertaken in June and September 2004 at the site of five proposed crossings of the Ilen and Caol Rivers and three proposed riverbed regrading sites at Skibbereen, Co. Cork. The survey was a component of a larger pre-development assessment of the routeway for the proposed sewerage scheme collection system. The river crossings and regrading sites were all based around Skibbereen town centre, with the furthest removed at Abbeystrowry, on the outskirts of the town.

The assessment located a number of areas of archaeological significance where the potential for recovery or impact of archaeological materials and features by the development works could be considered as high. These include the drystone riverbank lining on both sides of the river throughout the town, The former quay at Regrading Area A, Levis’ Quay area, the possible former quay at River Crossing Three, the disused quay below John F. Kennedy Bridge and the exposed faunal remains at River Crossing Five.